A new PlayStation Vita on the way? 
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Geoffrey Tim
February 12, 2013 at 3:30 pm

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To say the PlayStation Vita is a little bit of a failure, is to say that Darryn is a little bit unattractive to members of the opposite sex. Though the hardware’s magnificent and the launch titles were pretty fantastic, there’s been little in the year since its release to convince gamers to part with their money in exchange for the handheld. It quite desperately needs two things; a price cut, and some blockbuster system-selling games. Instead, it looks like it’ll be getting a slight hardware update.

According to some unearthed patents, it looks like the Vita will be getting a hardware revision, adding something that absolutely nobody asked for: 4G connectivity. It might also feature an HDMI out, making it more like the dev units that already support the feature. Instead of a price drop, the system could be getting the hardware refresh, but maintain its current, expensive price point.

On the plus side, the sources say it’ll launch with a substantial new firmware upgrade that will add many requested features – such as the ability to organise things within folders. Accompanying that will be a price drop on the expensive proprietary memory cards that are required to even get the thing to play games.

Another interesting nugget of information is that this new Vita will be revealed at Sony’s “future of PlayStation” event on February 20th. I’ll tell you this; if it’s the only thing they’ll be showing off – and not the PlayStation 4 as rumoured – then expect much internet outrage and gnashing of teeth.

I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.
  • Sir Captain Rincethis

    Oh dear, looks like they are still following their rather terrible business plan. They are literally whipping small Asian children to bail faster as the ship sinks, and instead of investing wisely, they are throwing more money at this? Very odd. PS. Geoff, you mentioned “Darryn is a little bit unattractive to members of the opposite sex” does that imply he is attractive to the same sex? I only ask cus in a few of your articles today penis has been mentioned and now I worry. Trolololo!

  • Admiral Chief Erwin

    I can only imagine the RAAAGE if this is revealed and not the PS4

  • Verrayne

    I think this is fake. All other gaming news websites have since removed their stories since the actual patent can’t be found(most probably fictional) and the “new vita” looks almost exactly the same as the development version..

    A new Vita at this stage would be useless as the same problem faces the new one as the current one. No real system sellers and poor marketing from Sony’s side.

  • Verrayne

    I think this is fake. All other gaming news websites have since removed their stories since the actual patent can’t be found(most probably fictional) and the “new vita” looks almost exactly the same as the development version..

    A new Vita at this stage would be useless as the same problem faces the new one as the current one. No real system sellers and poor marketing from Sony’s side.

  • OVG
    • FoxOneZA

      The muffins were a lie but you get to keepz the kittehs…

    • Verrayne

      The patent has been “confirmed” to be the dev kit vita. so no muffin for you.

    • Verrayne

      The patent has been “confirmed” to be the dev kit vita. so no muffin for you.

  • OVG
  • Purple_Dragon

    I think people are hoping for too much by expecting a PS4 announcement on 20 Feb. I’ll eat my hat if they do announce it.

  • Purple_Dragon

    I think people are hoping for too much by expecting a PS4 announcement on 20 Feb. I’ll eat my hat if they do announce it.

    • Sean Carbutt

      Nom, Nom, Nom

  • Him

    Finally I can upgrade my 4gb card… I was never going to pay those ridiculous prices!

  • iPrimal

    PlayStation never could “WOW” the mobile audience. They need better software support, but now all they seem to do is focus on hardware. I’ll stick with my 3DS XL.

  • DaireConstantineOReilly

    Damn right they need a redesign , in Today’s world of Ultra-Thin Smartphones and iPads , Sony need to slim that motherfucker down .

  • fred

    The vita is awesome as it is , and the ps4 will definitely be revealed on the 20 th , it is already a few months late.