Why Sony replaced the PS Vita OLED with an LCD screen

When we wrote about the new PS Vita we questioned Sony's choice of an LCD screen over the current OLED. After all OLED is better quality and uses less power, right?

In a Nikkei Electronics interview Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Andrew House said: "The main reason is that the LCD panel can now realise an image quality as high as that of the OLED panel". He went on to say that using LCD makes it easier to reduce the overall thickness of the Vita by 20 per cent. It will also be 15 per cent lighter and have an hour longer battery life.

The fact that LCD is cheaper probably helped sway the decision too, we'd wager. Plus it's easier to mass produce, which is ideal for this more affordable Vita that Sony expects more people to buy.

The new PS Vita doesn't yet have an international launch date but is going on sale in Japan on 10 October.



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