Direct from a press-only event, Sony have revealed that the PlayStation Vita Slim PCH-2000 model will be able to pre-order from today in the UK, with a release date of February 7th.
The system will be priced at £180, although retailers will likely discount it, with some hopefully matching – or at least coming close to – recent deals we’ve seen with the current PS Vita.
If you’re not sure of the advantages of the new system, it will include a longer battery life, 1GB of storage built in and it will be naturally slimmer, with a new LCD display replacing the OLED original.
While there was no word of different colours, in Japan the system come in different tones including khaki, pink and green. Their aim here is to naturally breathe new life into PlayStation Vita, and push it even further alongside the PS4.
A new Indie Games Mega Pack will launch in the UK for just £20, and includes a 4GB memory card alongside 10 of the best indie games on the system, such as Limbo and Thomas Was Alone. That seems like huge value.
This comes alongside games such as Pets and the LEGO Movie Video Game, as well as Hohokum, BigFest, Helldivers and two newly announced Invizimals games which will be aimed towards children.
UPDATE: Sony’s senior product manager Ben Law has confirmed a few extra details for us: that £180 price tag will be a suggested retail price, so it’s likely to be lower in places, the old system is now no longer being manufactured, and they’ll be working with retailers to create bundles in an organic fashion.
They also confirmed that the UK would only see the black model for now.