The redesigned “slim” PlayStation Vita, the PCH-2000 model, will be released in North America this spring as part of a $199 Borderlands 2 bundle, announced Sony’s John Koller during a press event in Los Angeles this afternoon.
According to Koller, vice president of marketing for Sony Computer Entertainment America, the PS Vita version of Borderlands 2 will feature four-player cooperative play and cross-platform compatibility with save games from the original PlayStation 3 version of the game. It will also include six downloadable add-ons that Gearbox Software has released to this point. Iron Galaxy Studios is co-developing Borderlands 2 on PS Vita, and that version will by published by Sony Computer Entertainment.
The new PS Vita debuted in Japan last October, and Sony released it in the U.K. last week. It swaps out the original handheld’s OLED screen for an LCD and features a narrower rear touchpad and rounded edges. It’s also 60 grams lighter than the old model, a reduction of 15 percent, and 20 percent thinner.