The PS Vita hasn't been a tremendous success. Despite its exceptional library of games and well-designed hardware, stiff competition from Nintendo, the rise of smartphone and tablet gaming, and the high cost of entry have stunted its growth.
But Sony isn't giving up. This year, it launched a redesigned model in Japan that makes the PS Vita slimmer, lighter, more colorful, and less expensive at the sacrifice of the original's gorgeous OLED display and more premium build. But was it a worthy tradeoff?