Should You Buy the New PlayStation Vita Slim?

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Though it’s been out in Japan since October, the new model of Sony’s (NYSE:SNE) PlayStation Vita just hit the U.S. as part of a Borderlands 2 hardware bundle that also comes with an 8GB memory stick. It’s called the PS Vita Slim, and it costs $199. But the real question is whether or not you should buy it.

First, let’s look at the differences between this model and the previous one. The Vita Slim is 15 percent lighter and 20 percent thinner than the original. IGN says, “It’s a considerable reduction that makes the system more comfortable to use and easier to carry around. The overall footprint is still large, but it’s more manageable. It’s not quite pocketable, but it feels more like a portable than the hefty, bulky design of the original.”

Destructoid agrees that the new model is much more comfortable to hold, but cites the changes to the shape of the body. “For me, the way they’ve rounded the system out and shaved down the sharp corners made a big difference. The cut-ins near the shoulder buttons and strap loops on the original Vita were pretty sharp. While not enough to hurt you, they do make themselves known after hours of play.”

The new one also comes with 1GB of built-in memory, where the original had none, requiring you to buy the expensive proprietary memory sticks Sony sells. Since the Vita Slim also comes with an 8GB memory stick, you’ll be able to save your games and download new titles from the PlayStation Network for quite a while before running out of room.

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