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Sony Q&A: PS Vita Designers Talk Slimmer, Lighter PlayStation Vita

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17w ago - Sony Social Media Senior Manager Sid Shuman posted up a Q&A today from PS Vita designers talking about the new slimmer, lighter PlayStation Vita portable gaming console.

Below are the details, to quote: This week saw the long-awaited release of the new PS Vita, which features a slimmer, lighter design, enhanced battery life, and 1GB of onboard storage, in addition to a host of subtle refinements.

We caught up with two key individuals responsible for the new PS Vita design - Taichi Nokuo, UX Platform Design Group for the SCE Corporate Design Center, and Mika Nagae, Strategy and Product Planning Dept - to learn more about how this elegant overhaul came to be.

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PlayStation.Blog: Have you been involved with designing other PlayStation hardware? If so, what?

Taichi Nokuo, UX Platform Design Group for the SCE Corporate Design Center: Yes, I have been involved with the Pulse wireless stereo headset, PlayStation...
 

Sony Announces New Slimmer, Lighter PS Vita Model is Out Today

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17w ago - Sony Product Planning & Platform Software Innovation Director Don Mesa announced that a new slimmer, lighter PS Vita Model is out today!

To quote: The day has arrived - the new slimmer, lighter PlayStation Vita model is now available at retailers across North America.

Pick up the new model today as part of the Borderlands 2 Limited Edition PlayStation Vita Bundle, featuring the first-person role-playing shooter Borderlands 2 with six DLC packs and an 8GB memory card, all for $199.99 (MSRP). This is a limited edition bundle, so don't miss your opportunity to pick up the new PS Vita model today.

Slimmer, Lighter PS Vita

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Hands-on the new with PS Vita

PS Vita's new design has tons of tweaks and adjustments, aside from the obvious thinner design and weight reduction. The Start, Select, Power, and PS buttons have been raised slightly, making them easier to press.

The grips on the back of the system have grown a bit, resulting in a more comfortable experience and less accidental taps on the rear touch pad. The edges of the system are more rounded, which just feels better. The display is now LCD based, but I didn't...
 

TGS 2012: Sony Officially Unveils a Smaller, Lighter PS3 Slim Model

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102w ago - Sony Hardware Marketing Director John Koller has officially unveiled a smaller, lighter PS3 Slim model at TGS 2012 today!

This confirms previous reports of a PlayStation 3 super slim console coming including those HERE, HERE and HERE at long last.

To quote: Tokyo Game Show is always an exciting time for gamers everywhere, as we all look forward to new games and other news being unveiled during the show.

This year is no exception. We are always looking for ways to create better experiences for our gamers, and to that end, we just unveiled a smaller, lighter PlayStation 3 at the show.

The new PS3 will be available in two different models, with 250GB and 500GB HDDs which will allow you to store even more of your digital life. It also features a smaller, streamlined design that will look great as part of any entertainment system. The new model is approximately 20% smaller and 25% lighter than the current PS3.

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Lighter PS3 Slim CECH-2100A is Revealed by a Japanese Retailer

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234w ago - After reports of two new PS3 Slim models hitting the FCC a few weeks back, today Andriasang.com (linked above) has uncovered news of yet another, lighter, PlayStation Slim model CECH-2100A on the way courtesy of a [Register or Login to view links].

The slight weight reduction from its current 3.2kg to 3.0kg will be indicated by a change in model number from CECH-2000A to the new CECH-2100A.

To quote: "It's presumable that, aside from just the weight, something else has changed inside the system. Sony often makes minor hardware adjustments, changing the model number in the process.

The retailer expects Sony's PS3 shipments to switch to the new version in March."
 

PSP Nokia Battery Mod, Lighter And 150% Lifetime of the Original

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293w ago - A quick story resulting in a quick hack job... LordLeXaT's PSP battery broke, and with no money to buy a new one, he turned to his MacGyver box set to determine the best possible route... a modification that allows him to use a Nokia battery as follows:

What you see below is a standard Nokia battery (BL-5C) pack used with the original PSP battery control board. So now that all is said and done, LordLeXaT has a longer lasting battery than most of you, or so he says.

"The battery is lighter and has nearly 150% lifetime of the original 1800mAh PSP battery, and by the way, the text of the Nokia battery reads 1020mAh."

We don't have a tutorial for you, but for the most part, it seems straightforward. And please, exercise caution should you attempt this battery mod yourself.
 
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