New PlayStation Vita Model to Hit North America

12441790715_4a0cb7187f_zThe long anticipated Vita “Slim” will finally make its US debut.

Since its reveal at the Tokyo Game Show, gamers have asked when we’d see the new Vita Slim in North America. Sony answered that question today with the official statement that the new Vita Wi-fi model (PCH-2000) series will be coming to US retail this spring.

As a matter of fact, the new system will be available via the Borderlands 2 Limited Edition PlayStation Vita Bundle this Spring. The bundle will include the new slim PS Vita system in black, the first-person role-playing shooter hit Borderlands 2 with six DLC packs, and an 8GB PS Vita memory card – all for $199.99 (MSRP).

The new PS Vita Wi-Fi model is approximately 20-percent slimmer and 15-percent lighter than the original version, with rounded edges to fit comfortably in your hands. The new model comes with 1GB of internal memory built into the system, and its 5-inch front touchscreen has a new high-definition liquid crystal display. This comes as one of the biggest changes from the original Vita which utilized an OLED screen. We’ve been hands on with both versions and the difference in image quality is minuscule. The 20% more battery life trade off is sufficient enough to compensate.

There was no official date given on the release of the stand alone hardware, but we predict a May release for the bundle and the Vita Slim. Check out Sony’s introduction to the new hardware below