The next few months are shaping up to be quite busy for Sony. Besides the launch of its next generation PlayStation 4 console in November, the Japanese company has also announced a new PS Vita model and unveiled an exciting piece of hardware called PlayStation Vita TV.
Sony made the announcements at a press conference on Monday ahead of the Tokyo Game Show. The company also revealed that the PlayStation 4, which launches in North America on November 15 and in Europe on November 29, will only be available in Japan on February 22, 2014.
Probably to make it up for the delay, Sony said the new PlayStation Vita model unveiled yesterday would be launched in Japan next month, without specifying if the hardware will be available in the west. The console will launch on October 10 for about $190.
The new PS Vita will be 15% lighter and 20% thinner and will be available in six colors. It will also have a larger battery so as to provide a total run time of six hours. The battery will charge via a micro USB connection as Sony decided to give up its proprietary charge for this model.
The handheld will also sport a 5 inch LCD screen and will include 1 GB of built in memory. Sony also announced a drop in prices for the entire range of PlayStation Vita memory cards and the launch of a 64GB card for about $100.
PlayStation Vita TV Hardware
At the same conference, Sony also unveiled a new piece of hardware dubbed PlayStation Vita TV. The system will be able to stream games run on Vita, PSP and PlayStation directly on the television, the company said.
The device measures 10.5 x 6.5 cm and will also be able to stream the games remotely to other television sets in the same house. The PS Vita TV will launch in Japan for about $95, on November 14. It is yet unknown if the system will also be available in other countries.
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[Image vita Kotaku]