As we're getting close to a new handheld release from Sony, a lot of rumors are flying around. Gamerxchange has a few rumors to add to the mix today, and Sony just released a new patent request with some new ports and details on the system. Although it's certainly hard to know exactly what the system will look like, we can certainly see what other people are reporting and draw our own conclusions.

First, the rumors from Gamerxchange.net, which we have to stress are only rumors, and even the staff there seemed to think they were suspect, but here are the details they provided:

  • A new 4G LTE model of the PlayStation Vita will be replacing the 3G model sometime this year. According to the source, this will be the so-called "price drop" that has been rumored for the Vita as the new model will retain the $299 price point for an upgraded system.
  • The Wi-Fi version will still be available on the market for $249
  • To go along with the 4G model, a significant firmware update will go live bringing in a lot of requested features including new ways to organize apps in folders.
  • The new model may be unveiled along with the rumored PS4 this month at PlayStation's February 20th event or at E3, but will not hit the market until later in the year.
  • A price cut on memory cards will be made. No details on prices.

Also, their source claimed no other hardware changes were going to be made, and all other specs and features on the box will remain the same. Also, regions where it will be available, in addition to info on any data plan pricing was not made available to Gamerxchange.

As for the patent: Sony's application included some new ports; a USB, HDMI, and power supply connector described as a "parallel-pipped connector". Details are still forthcoming.

What would you like to see in a new Vita? And what price would you be willing to pay for these updates? Let us know below!

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