PS Vita Slim UK release date imminent, as suggested by PlayStation invite

Sony is planning to launch the PS Vita Slim in the UK. At least, that's we suspect at Pocket-lint after the company sent us an invite to a briefing on Thursday, 30 January.

The invite says: "Following the biggest launch in PlayStation history, join us for an introduction to the slimmest." And while that could mean the games giant is about to unveil its hundredth remodelling of the PS3, we suspect not.

The PS Vita Slim has been released in Japan already and with Sony gearing for a new major push for the handheld console, thanks to its remote play capabilities when couple with a PS4, it makes sense that the reworked version will be unleashed globally too.

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The new Slim is 20 per cent thinner than the existing model and 15 per cent lighter. It swaps the OLED screen for a 5-inch LCD display but does come with a claimed battery life that lasts up to one hour longer than the original.

The Japanese version comes in six different colours and costs 19,929 yen (around £116) but the final UK price will be different. You'll just have to wait until next Thursday to find out.