Sony’s dinky and criminally underrated handheld console, the PlayStation Vita, will soon be ending production in Japan. The black and aqua blue models, the only two in production at present, have been marked with the comment “shipments are scheduled to end soon” on the PlayStation Japan website.
Gematsu notes that the same comment was added to the PlayStation 3 page two months before the last console rolled off the production line. Last year Sony Interactive Entertainment senior vice president Hiroyuki Oda explained that “currently, we do not have any plans regarding a new handheld device.”
Despite excellent sales at launch and some really great titles, including versions of Uncharted and Wipeout that really pushed the device, the console couldn’t compete with the less powerful 3DS in America and Europe. In Japan sales for the Vita have always been fairly strong and there are plenty of games being produced for it to this day including top tier titles such as Catherine Fully Body.
My Vita still get used now and then and always gets taken on holidays, Super Stardust Delta never gets old and Killzone Mercenary is a technical marvel in my opinion. However, some games we should probably forget, the less said about Call of Duty the better.
R.I.P. PlayStation Vita, you plucky little thing.