While the console has faded from view almost everywhere around the globe, the PlayStation Vita has soldiered on in its homeland of Japan, where portable gaming and a healthy trickle of Japan-centric games has kept its audience entertained. However, all good things must come to an end, and seven years after its initial release, Sony will halt production of the Vita in Japan in 2019.
This was confirmed by Sony Interactive Entertainment senior vice president Hiroyuki Oda at Tokyo Game Show, who also addressed the possibility of a successor to the console: “Currently, we do not have any plans regarding a new handheld device. In Japan, we will manufacture PlayStation Vita until 2019. From there, shipping will end.”
Certainly, given the handhelds inability to really compete with the 3DS, it’s no surprise that Sony are focussing on current successes with the PS4 and areas like VR where they can continue to grow and dominate the market. The Nintendo Switch has shown that there’s still a healthy appetite for portable gaming, but it doesn’t sound like Sony really have the appetite to fight Nintendo on their home turf.