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Designer Of The New PS Vita Wants It To Be "Accessible By Anyone"

Posted by Damien McFerran

Mika Nagae talks external changes and internal benefits

Sony confirmed the existence of a thinner and lighter PS Vita at its Japanese press conference a few days ago, and designer Mika Nagae has been talking to Japanese magazine Famitsu about the redesigned system.

Nagae reveals the origins of the revised console, as well as the reasons for releasing it in multiple colours:

This project got its start out of an effort to make the current PS Vita thinner and lighter, attracting more gamers without affecting the game experience. In addition to people who're already using PS Vitas, we were also targeting new users here. The design plan for this has been around since just after the launch of the current Vita, but real development didn't begin until the spring of 2012.

The current Vita presents this sort of high-class look with its coloring, but we wanted the new Vita to be accessible by anyone, regardless of age or gender. So I discussed things with the designers, trying to come up with casual, yet fresh and unique colors we could use. The colors have been pretty basic up to now, but the new Vita is trying to change that image by taking a different approach to coloring.

Nagae also talks about the internal changes in the new console, highlighting the importance of the 1GB of memory:

This was the result of us really wanting users to be able to start running the system immediately. Of course, in order to help users enjoy larger-sized content more easily, we lowered the price of PS Vita-specific memory cards on Sept. 10, and we'll be releasing a 64GB memory card on Oct. 10. The shape of the buttons has changed as well; the buttons jut out a bit more, making them easier to push and control.

Finally, there's the battery life — which has been increased by an hour, according to Sony — and the new-look speakers:

[Battery life] was something we worked on. In addition, the speaker holes have also been rearranged into this kind of flower shape which I, at least, think is cute. Of course, the weight and fit of the system is still suited for gameplay, and it still feels the same as before to control. It's something that I hope people can try out for themselves.

The forthcoming Tokyo Game Show will see the new-look Vita put into the hands of the Japanese public, so we'll get to see if Nagae's claims hold water then.


User Comments (10)



JavierYHL said:

well everything its great except the LCD screen...will be buying another old version to keep..



GraveLordXD said:

Hopefully the price is right and the LCD screen will probably outlast that oled screen
That dang vita TV thing has me very tempted also



7Vita said:

I'm actually more worried bout it being thinner. The Vita is the perfect fit for me right now. I'll probably wait until the day before launch of this no doubt cheaper looking product, and grab myself a brand new Vita to keep in storage for when my current one reaches the end of it's life.

Mad love to Sony for using a standard charging and USB port for it though.. didn't expect that.



Sutorcen said:

Designer Of The New PS Vita Wants It To Be "Accessible By Anyone"

Well the best way to do that is to lower the price (more than you just did).



Ginkgo said:

"the speaker holes have also been rearranged into this kind of flower shape" - now that's an important point that I missed on first pass!



Lionhart said:

Personally, I'm quite satisfied with my PS Vita 1000. My PSP 3000 lasted like forever and showed no signs of stopping. One of my personal friends bought a PSP 2000 Slim Lite back in 2007 and it's still working just fine for him and hasn't slowed down a bit. My sister had a PSP 2000 Slim Lite and it wasn't konking out except for the minor problem that the UMD reader gave a few hicks since she dropped the system out in a parking lot one day and prefers physical media for collecting cases and manuals instead of buying from the PSN.

My biggest complaint here is that Sony departed from the glorious beauty of the OLED screen for the lessor LCD screen. I'm not alone in this. Many PlayStation fans on Twitter are decrying the LCD screen which is why I'm a no buy on this. Perhaps, Sony will return to OLED on the PS Vita 3000? For now, I'm sticking with my PS Vita 1000.



charlesnarles said:

I'd have to see how much ghost/tracer effects happen to even consider it. LCD screams don't push me too hard, too, or I'll be ruined forever. But a 5" LCD is cheaper to replace than OLED. The only superfluous Vita I'm buying plugs into my tv.

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