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New Vita model, portable Borderlands 2 get North American release dates

Posted on April 8, 2014 AT 01:40pm

If you’ve been eager to get your hands on one of those shiny new models of the PlayStation Vita, or its Sony-supported port of Gearbox’s Borderlands 2, then you don’t have much longer to wait.

If you want to get both the Vita 2000 and Borderlands 2, then you can do so on May 6th, as both will come bundled with an 8GB memory card for $199. Already own a perfectly lovely Vita, and just want to make another trip to Pandora away from the shackles of your television? Then Borderlands 2 will be sold separately in both digital and physical forms come May 13th.

The new 2000 model of Vita has a lot of plusses: it’s slimmer, lighter, the battery lasts a little longer, and its buttons are more sensible. (The original Vita’s Select and Start buttons baffle me to this day.) Unfortunately, it also brings with it two drawbacks: the switch from the gorgeous OLED screen of the original to a not-so-rich-in-color LCD display, and the vast selection of color choices ranging from black to… black.

Japan got six different color options for this new Vita. We get one, and it’s the one that Americans are always stuck with. I love living in a country that is so dedicated to being as bland as it possibly can.

That last line is sarcasm, just so we’re clear.

Eric L. Patterson, Executive Editor
Eric L. Patterson got his start via self-publishing game-related fanzines in junior high, and now has one goal in life: making sure EGM has as much coverage of niche Japanese games as he can convince them to fit in. Eric’s also active in the gaming community on a personal level, being an outspoken voice on topics such as equality in gaming and consumer rights. Stalk him on Twitter: @pikoeri. Meet the rest of the crew.

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