PS Vita Slim Release Date News: Redesigned Device Launches Today with 'Borderlands 2' Bundle Deal

By Matthew Buzzi , Updated May 06, 2014 05:20 PM EDT

Today the new and improved PlayStation Vita releases, boasting several upgrades over the original design. The new Vita is lighter and slimmer than the previous model and has a longer-lasting battery.

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The redesigned Vita is available now in North America for $199, and you can pick up the device in the Borderlands 2 Limited Edition PlayStation Vita Bundle. The package includes the RPG-shooter along with six DLC packs and an 8GB memory card. Sony warns that it is a limited offer, so if you're interested, I suggest you pick go for it while you can.

The new Vita is 15 percent lighter and 20 percent slimmer than the original, and the edges have been rounded for a more comfortable grip (the cornered edges of the Vita had been a point of criticism). The original Vita offered no internal storage, but the upgraded model comes with 1GB of memory.

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The screen has been changed to a new LCD display from the former OLED technology, but feedback seems to indicate that this has actually made the Vita's display worse. The video quality seems to have dropped rather than improved, surprisingly, which you can check out in the comparison below via YouTube user Mystic.

The picture is not quite as clear on the new display, and the colors are not as vibrant. The difference isn't deal-breaking, but it's very strange that the screen quality has not at least stayed the same if it didn't improve.

You would think Sony would accept no less than a marked improvement given that the Vita isn't exactly lighting up the sales charts, but most people will probably move for the sleeker redesign regardless if they're in the market. It's not clear how long the supplies for the limited Borderlands 2 bundle will last, nor if Sony will stop offering the original Vita in the near future, but this leaves you with some decisions to make if you're interested in the handheld system.

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