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Sony PlayStation Vita PCH-2000

Sony PlayStation Vita PCH-2000

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86 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
86

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

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.

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Pros
  • Thinner, lighter, more comfortable
  • Improved battery life
  • No more proprietary charging cables
Cons
  • Vita memory cards are overpriced
  • We prefer the original Vita's OLED screen
86 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
86

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

86
 

User Reviews

90
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The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
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Score Breakdown

 
82
Average Critic Score
Product Review
T3
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
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.
Product Review
Engadget
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.
Product Review
Joystiq
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.
Product Review
Stuff
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.
 
90
Engadget
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.
 
80
Eurogamer
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.
 
80
The Verge
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.
 
80
IGN
The OLED may be gone, but the new PS Vita makes compelling improvements to portability, battery life, and usability.
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CNET
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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