PS Vita 2000: Sony Launches Console And TV Box
Sony has launched a slimmed-down version of its PlayStation Vita handheld console - and another device it hopes will compete with Apple TV.
Unveiled ahead of the Tokyo Game Show, the PCH-2000 is 20% thinner and 15% lighter than the original model and features a 1GB internal memory card.
It has an extra hour of battery life and is designed to be "more casual and friendly for a wider range of users".
But while it will be available to Japanese users for 41,979 yen (£270) in six colours from October 10, no release date has been given for the UK and other countries.
Also unveiled at the event was Sony's TV connector box, PS Vita TV, which measures 6cm by 10cm.
Competing against Apple TV, Sky's NOW TV box and Google Chromecast, the device plugs into the TV, allowing users to play Vita and PSP games along with music and video streaming.
PlayStation controllers can also be used with PS Vita TV, while it is expected it will also be possible to connect it with the forthcoming PS4.
Sony has also announced that the much-anticipated new PlayStation console will be released in the US before Japan, the first time its declining home market has taken second place.
The company released earlier versions of the PlayStation at home before making it available overseas.
But the firm said the PS4 would be available in Japan in late February, several months after its November 15 release in North America.
The eighth-generation console will be released in Europe on November 29.