Sad news on the gaming industry: The Playstation Vita has been officially discontinued.
Sony has stopped production on the last two Vita models. The ‘final nail in the coffin’ for the PS Vita arrived yesterday as the company mentioned that they’ll no longer produce the ‘not-so-famous’ gaming device.
This should not come as a surprise since the PS Vita wasn’t a hit as Sony hoped it would be. When the Vita launched back in 2011 the device was met with stiff competition. Mobile games where gaining notoriety, putting the gaming world on notice.
This was not the only problem that held back the Vita’s success. The lack of attractive games was also a key element for the Vita to never receive ‘hit status’. Sony was trying to sell people on a dedicated handheld at a time when many could play “good enough” mobile games on devices they already had.
It was always an uphill battle for Sony and the PS Vita. Nintendo has always been synonymous with the handheld world. Since the inception of the Game Boy, Game Boy Advance and right now the Nintendo 3DS, Sony was never able to release a device as popular as the one from Nintendo.
Also, Sony has been hinting the end for Vita for some time now. The fact the Vita will no longer be produced marks the last step of a long, gradual phase-out by Sony. This included a halt on first-party games in 2015 and the discontinuation of physical games. Also, the end to PS Plus free games was a sign that the was drawing near.
As of this writing, Sony has no plan on making a follow-up on the Vita and it’s hard to think that they should. Now that Nintendo also has out on the market the Nintendo Switch, there is no room for another handheld device to be developed from another company other than from Nintendo.
PS Vita was the successor to the PlayStation Portable (PSP). This as part of the PlayStation brand of gaming devices. It was released in Japan on December 17, 2011. Releases in North America, Europe, and other worldwide regions followed on February 22, 2012. It primarily competed with the Nintendo 3DS as part of the eighth generation of video game consoles. But, we all know how that turned out for Sony.
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R.I.P. PS Vita.