Every handheld system since the original Gameboy has been released in just about every color imaginable, and in due time, Sony will undoubtedly have a variety of colors and special themed shells for the Vita. For now though, potential buyers are limited to the standard piano black, but today Sony announced that they’re going to roll out 2 new varieties of Vita hardware for the Japanese market.
The first is a new “Crystal White” Vita that… well, predictably, looks exactly like the black Vita but in white. Fans of Apple and Nintendo’s lacquered white hardware will probably prefer this version over the plain black Vita that’s already available. The system has been announced for release only in Japan at this time, but I think it’s safe to assume that it’ll hit American and European markets within the year.
It’s also safe to assume that the next Vita system won’t be released in Western territories: the Hatsune Miku Special Edition Vita is almost identical to the white Vita, except it features some artwork of Japanese virtual popstar Hatsune Miku awkwardly placed on the game’s rear touchpad. Now, while there’s nothing wrong per se with having Miku grace your Vita, but I think it’d look pretty awkward having her short-skirted figure cover the part of the system that you’re constantly rubbing with your fingers — I can’t imagine the stares you’d get if you played a touchpad-heavy game with the Miku Vita in public — but then again, if you’re the type to buy a Hatsune Miku Vita, you’re probably not the type to care about what people around you think anyway.
The standard White Vita will retail for the regular price, while the Hatsune Miku Special Edition seems to be about 5,000 yen more.