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Slimmest Ever PlayStation to Be Unveiled in the UK Next Week

Posted by Sammy Barker

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It’s customary to cut down on cakes and custard creams in January, but it sounds like Sony’s endured an almighty detox over the past three or so weeks. The platform holder has invited select members of the UK press to a briefing next Thursday, which hints at some form of hardware reveal. We’re assuming that our invite’s been lost in the post.

The super simple correspondence reads: "Following the biggest launch in PlayStation history, join us for an introduction to the slimmest." Exactly what it’s referring to, though, is unclear. Most likely is the PS Vita Slim, which is already available in Japan and cuts approximately 20 per cent off the girth of the manufacturer’s flagship portable format. But there are other possibilities, of course.

Chief among those is the PS Vita TV, which would win the award for the tiniest PlayStation platform of all time. The diminutive device hasn’t performed particularly well in its native Japan, but the manufacturer has hinted at the possibility of a Western launch in the past. We also wouldn’t rule out the odds of some form of fresh PlayStation 3 redesign, even if it probably is a long shot.

Nevertheless, it’s interesting that this is being announced in the UK, leading us to believe that it’s some form of European specific product. Perhaps more interesting than the reveal itself, though, is the promise of breakfast – although with the slim theme, we’re assuming that it’ll be all low-fat milk and no greasy Full English.


User Comments (33)



Sanquine said:

Ps vita slim or playstation vita TV? Hope if it's both... Vita TV has to improve though many games dont work on it.



get2sammyb said:

@Sanquine I guess the wording could suggest both. Most likely is PS Vita Slim in my opinion, but I suppose that we'll find out next week.



RawShark said:

Heh... girth.

Seriously though, can I come too? I love me a free breakfast.



fchinaski said:

My money is also on the PSVita slim — and if it is, boy I'm happy to have bought the first model last Christmas, since this will probably mean that the cheapest version will become the norm, rendering that gorgeous OLED screen obsolete.



rastamadeus said:

Probably an even slimmer ps3. Can't for the life of me understand why they'd bring out the slim vita anywhere other than Japan until it's selling well enough to warrant it.



Bad-MuthaAdebisi said:

Vita slim and or TV. I don't care for a vita slim. The one I have now is just fine. I use the grip clip on anyway. I doubt it will be ps3 slimmer, are they not currently developing a better ps3 to handle 'now'?



BambooBushido said:

Keep on Rocking in the Sony World Ok Neil Young reference aside I'm calling it now PSVita slim and PSVita Tv Alright I'm Out




@RyoHazuki That story is about the hardware server-side. Rather than rack up tons of actual PS3's, they've minimised the chipsets for server racks.
Maybe they've found an even cheaper way to produce the PS3 chipsets by doing this?
My money is on Vita Slim and a price drop for it. Or a really slim Bravia with PlayStation Now.



charlesnarles said:

@get2sammyb rofl thanks for the visual aid. Wrap that up in a tortilla and give it to me.
@DaftPlayStation I want Neil Young's psn id. You know he totally CODs.
It'd be cool to see TV coming to the west, and hopefully the far west too. Could be anything tho--yeah maybe a drive-less ps3 for Now



artemisthemp said:

I hope Sony announce: 1. 64 GB Memory card to a reasonable price ($80-$90) 2. PS Vita TV 3. PS Vita 2000 will never be released in EU



Bad-MuthaAdebisi said:

1GB internal memory? Pointless. Dumping the OLED screen for LCD? Stupid. Making it lighter... thumbs up. Making it slightly thinner? Its not an iPhone. Money well spent Sony, money well spent.



JaxonH said:


I agree, thinner is not always necessarily better. You have to have a certain girth for your hands- tablets are one thing but gaming devices are a whole different story.

I already have the original OLED Vita, and I wouldn't buy one of those LCD slims for $50. OLED all the way, and the thickness of the original model is perfect. Anything less would be uncivilized.

I'm not really interested in the Vita TV. I prefer my handheld games on my handhelds, where they look MUCH better than blown up on a full size, high def screen. And while streaming PS4 games is cool, I don't need to.

What I WOULD be interested in, is a super slim PS3 with a normal hard drive capacity for $200.



hYdeks said:

oohhh please actually be the the vita tv!! I want one of them, it's a especially good micro system to have if you have a vita, probably just throw the save on the vita and could be on the go too



Punished_Boss_84 said:

It can't be PS3 its too soon besides theres no need for another slim revision but there might be one on the way though.
It can't be PS4 its too early.
So the only logical option is the neglected accessory PS Vita and it might explain why February, March and April in the EU is packed with so many releases and with all the sudden announcements. Plus two hours? Now that is interesting because it doesn't take that long to show off a revision so maybe Sony does has something PS Vita.

But if its just Indie games and highlighting the releases above with no new first party games announced, my faith in PS Vita will decrease even further.



jmburks said:

I hoping it the vita slim. i already have the original vita and love it but i'm hoping if they announce the vita slim with its cheaper price then they will also announce cheaper memory cards!!



Swinny said:

I don't know if they'd dedicate a whole event to the Vita TV or a slim PS3, this has to be something else.
Here's my wish- A PlayStation console witch plays PS1 2 and 3 games, since its slim, its maybe all-digital, no disc-drive. In my dream, Sony would put a huge portion of the entire back-log on there, maybe 80% and up, available for purchase as digital downloads. It'd be very much like a physical version of PlayStation Now, as an entity of its own, difference being that you don't rent the games and you don't stream them, you buy them, keep them forever and play them on the local hardware. But of course, my dream machine is fully compatible with PSNow. Just a thought, I don't know what else it could be but they sure as hell arn't dedicating a whole event to the PS Vita TV, are they?



Tintin said:

I think it's PS3 and it'll have a new price to corner the budget console market.



jmburks said:

Swinny, that would be cool! I never even considered a idea like that. i would be a lot like that Atari box that they made with all the Atari games on it. I would definitely buy somthing like that for Playstation.

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