PS Vita Slim Hits North America This Spring, Bundled with Borderlands 2

By Luke Caulfield , Updated Feb 11, 2014 11:34 AM EST

After a Japanese debut and a virtual sellout in the U.K. since its introduction late last month, the PS Vita Slim is coming stateside, and with a whopper of a game bundled with it.

Sony announced the updated handheld's travel plans at an event in Los Angeles earlier this week, revealing that Gearbox's epic shooter RPG, Borderlands 2, will be packaged with the new model Vita, set to arrive this spring.

First introduced in October, the handheld was a Japanese exclusive until now. The difference between the two models is hard to take in visually, but they're there. The PS Vita Slim, or PS Vita 2000, is 20% thinner, 15% lighter, features an hour increase in battery life (some have reported higher), a micro USB Type B port (so any standard micro USB cable can be used to charge the Vita), 1GB internal storage memory, and a LCD screen over the original Vita's OLED screen. The bundle will sell for $199, and includes a 8GB memory card.

As for the Vita version of Borderlands 2 that's included, players will get their dollar's worth. SCE America's marketing boss, John Koller, revealed the game has has four-player co-op, supports cross-save with the PlayStation 3 version, and will ship with six DLC packs: Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate's Booty, Mr. Torgue's Campaign of Carnage, Psycho Character Class, Mechromancer Character Class, Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade Pack 1, and the Collector's Edition Pack.

Borderlands 2 has been out for well over a year now, but developer Gearbox has been great about keeping continuing to support the game. As a matter of fact, the game's latest Headhunter Pack, Mad Moxxi and the Wedding Day Massacre, a twisted Pandoran take on Valentine's Day, is out today. Borderlands 2 sees new vault hunters Maya, Zer0, Axton, and Salvador helping the OG vault hunters to take on Handsome Jack, a ruthless dictator whose seized control of Pandora.

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