86

An improvement over the original, but the best is still yet to come

86

The new Vita offers plenty of improvements over the original, especially with battery life. If the PS4's Remote Play functionality works as promised, the Vita could be an even more tempting option a few months down the road.

Critic reviews

8.2
14 reviews
  • Game library
    7.2
  • Graphics
    8.0
  • Battery life
    7.8
  • Portability (size / weight)
    8.7
  • Durability
    7.3

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User reviews

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9.0
Engadget Oct 18, 2013

The new Vita is better than the last, obviously. We're glad that Sony didn't just stop at making its new device thinner and lighter -- although these revisions are of course appreciated.

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9.0
PC Mag Jun 30, 2014

Even though it still uses Sony's own pricey memory cards, the slimmer, less-expensive new version of the PlayStation Vita is improved in nearly every way.

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8.0
CNET Feb 3, 2014

We were hoping for something more audacious from Sony's Vita revamp. The Vita Slim is still a powerful, portable games machine however -- just watch out for those pricey, proprietary memory cards. Owners of the original shouldn't worry about upgrading, but ... this is a good time to get involved.

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8.0
Gizmodo Feb 5, 2014

Though battery is improved, the screen is a bit of a downgrade. Though there’s the convenience of microUSB charging, the 1GB of storage space onboard is menial. It’s a good machine then, but not massively improved right across the board over the original Vita.

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8.0
Eurogamer Oct 28, 2013

Thankfully, with the new PCH-2000 version of the Vita Sony has avoided making the same mistakes, and instead has produced a carefully designed lower-cost alternative to the original Vita console that keeps the high-end image of the brand alive and intact.

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8.0
Pocket-Lint Feb 6, 2014

The PS Vita Slim is best described as the replacement for the now two-year-old Vita. Because that's what it is, not a model for upgraders.

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8.0
Kotaku May 6, 2014

A pretty cool, relatively expensive gaming handheld with a big screen, two thumbsticks, a good d-pad, a few notable flaws, and an ever-more-solid collection of fun games. In other words, what once was a Vita remains a Vita, though now it'll be a bit easier to carry around.

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8.0
The Verge Nov 6, 2013

The Vita hasn't quite blossomed into an essential system in its own right, then; instead, it's a compelling $200 luxury extra for hardcore gamers.

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8.0
IGN Dec 11, 2013

The OLED may be gone, but the new PS Vita makes compelling improvements to portability, battery life, and usability.

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8.0
TrustedReviews Feb 3, 2014

The PS Vita Slim is a solid buy, but only if you don’t already have the original model. The changes are mostly cosmetic and not appealing enough to make upgrading essential. Plus, there are the screen issues to consider.

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8.0
T3 Feb 6, 2014

While not the improvement on its predecessor that the Nintendo 3DS XL was on the Nintendo 3DS, it’s also not as much of a downgrade as the Nintendo 2DS is in comparison.

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8.0
TechRadar Feb 7, 2014

The Vita Slim is still a great handheld especially worth a look at if you're buying a PS4, but doesn't warrant an upgrade for owners of the existing Vita.

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10
Expert Reviews Feb 5, 2014

We'd narrowly choose the new PS Vita Slim if pushed, but a new device such as this should be a clear step forward and the PS Vita Slim is only a slim improvement.

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7.0
The Next Web Feb 16, 2014

Perhaps the best thing it offers the occasional gamer, though, is the opportunity to snatch a quick race here or the odd level there when time is precious, that represents the opportunity to be a bit more of a gamer and a bit less of the occasional.

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First Looks

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Engadget Sep 19, 2013

For now, the nicer, lighter, longer-lasting Vita is exclusive to Asia, but we have no doubt Europeans, Americans and the rest of the world will want one as soon as they get a taste of the new version.

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Joystiq Sep 21, 2013

We didn't notice an astonishing difference between the 2000's LCD screen and the last model's OLED display, nor did holding the thing feel tremendously different, save for its aforementioned svelteness.

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CNET Jan 30, 2014

Holding it in your hands you'll notice that it feels very light, though the Slim model is still a large device that you'll struggle to squeeze into your pocket alongside a phone and wallet. Instead, this bulky handheld will require a backpack or handbag.

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Pocket-Lint Jan 30, 2014

Quick first impressions are positive. The unit is noticeably lighter, thinner and easier to handle ... screen quality, with a noticeable reduction in viewing angles compared to the original - not that it should affect most people in most cases. The screen is still very good and, importantly, bright.

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T3 Sep 18, 2013

Overall, the PS Vita Slim is a knowingly compromised machine with its heart very much in the right place. All of the changes, aesthetic or technical, have clearly been done with one thing in mind: make it cheap.

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IGN Sep 17, 2013

The edges of the new Vita are far more beveled than the original, giving it an even sleeker and thinner feel ... The new Vita is 20 percent thinner than the original, but it actually feels and looks thinner than that.

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Stuff Sep 20, 2013

Responsiveness of the touch screen is still as good, and during the short half-hour session with the unit, we were not able to see any discernible difference in display quality between the old and new Vita.

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