The PS Vita. Launching in 2011, it was one of Sony’s most ambitious projects. The device allows for Remote Play with the PS3 and PS4, has a meaty, backwards compatible library and even hosted some of last-gens greatest titles, including Persona 4 Golden.
Yet, it suffered from a lack of support, with sony ceasing development in 2015, leaving the console to ultimately fall by the wayside as its console partner, the PS4, boomed in sales.
Unfortunately, Sony has revealed that production of the console will end in Japan in 2019, taking the console off the market.
Speaking to Japanese magazine Famitsu at Tokyo Game Show 2018, Sony Interactive Entertainment’s Hiroyuki Oda broke the news. “In Japan, we will manufacture PlayStation Vita until 2019. From there, Shipping will end.”
In the same interview, it was noted that no successor to the console is planned either, meaning Sony is focusing on home consoles rather than handheld for the moment, most likely due to the incredible popularity of the Nintendo Switch.
This is the final nail in the coffin for a console that was truly on its last legs, despite having a loyal cult fanbase and an impressive library. It’s a shame to see it go, but perhaps we will get a new Sony handheld in the future where the company commits fully to the concept. For now, though, the performance of the Vita appears to have dissuaded them from trying again.