Redesigned Vita announced, is 20% thinner and 15% lighter

Much like the PSP, Sony's Vita handheld is getting a second-generation refresh. The PS Vita-2000 is 20% thinner and 15% lighter than the original version. The updated system will also include 1GB of built-in memory, which is something, at least. The new Vita will also support Micro USB (ditching the proprietary cable of the original system). It will also be wi-fi only, dropping 3G support.

The new system also includes a 5" LCD screen, a shift from the OLED screen of the original Vita. The refresh also promises an extra hour of battery life.

In Japan, the updated Vita will be available in six different colors on October 10th. However, there's no word yet on what Sony's US plans for the system are. The company recently dropped the price of the hardware to $199.