PlayStation Vita Slim (PCH-2000) Review

In terms of performance there are some major changes too. Firstly, the screen is now LCD rather than OLED. Consequently, you'd assume that there'd be a big dip in visual quality, but in reality the difference is quite subtle. Standing the original and Vita Slim side-by-side and playing a variety of games there is a slight variance, with a warmer image and better contrast radiating from the OLED screen. However, the LCD screen still provides a sharp picture quality with some of Vita’s graphically superior games, like Killzone: Mercenary and Uncharted: Golden Abyss, looking fantastic on the display. Improved battery life, lasting around 6 hours, also ensures there's more time to game.

The Vita Slim is powered by an intensive quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 MP Core processor, capable of clock speeds of 2GHz, which explains why the most intensive of games run so smoothly. It also comes equipped with 512MB of RAM and is backed up with 128MB of VRAM to ensure you can move between the features of the PS Vita quickly to multi-task, chat, game and watch videos. Much was made of the original Vita’s lack of storage space and the pricey memory cards, but the Slim alleviates the issue somewhat by providing 1GB of internal storage. Nevertheless, it’s still a paltry amount considering that some games utilise 3GB plus, but it’s better than nothing.

Overall, although you could argue about the slight quality dip with the LCD screen, the Vita Slim is an improvement over the original in many ways. What’s disappointing is the recommended retail price in the UK of £199. Many retailers have dipped below that to around £179 but it’s still expensive considering you can buy a brand new original Vita unit with a game bundle for less. Deciding whether to pick up a Vita slim is really going to be down to whether you were irked by a couple of the design decisions with the original, most noticeably the sunken Home, Start and Select buttons, the overly large rear touch panel and the short battery life. If they bothered you then, yes, Vita Slim is worth your cash, but there’s also plenty of bargains out there on the original Vita so be sure to shop around first. Either way, PlayStation Vita is a great gaming machine and, with PS4 remote play support now available, there’s never been a better time to pick up the world's most powerful handheld gaming console.

Note – Please check out the review of the original PlayStation Vita for more insight into the games and features.

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A gamer since the days of the ZX Spectrum, Steven Williamson now works as General Manager for PSU. He's supposed to be managing, but if you're reading this, it means he's dipped into editorial again.
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