We knew that the PlayStation Vita would not be around forever. Well, now it’s official: Sony has discontinued the last two PS Vita models. This move is the last step in a long, gradual phase-out. First there was a halt on first-party games in 2015, then the discontinuation of physical games and now it is time to say goodbye.
If you want to get the handheld, you’ll either have to get lucky at a retailer or find a second-hand model.
The Vita had a long life though. It launched in Japan in December 2011, right when phone and tablet gaming were becoming popular. Despite high-quality titles like Severed, lukewarm sales led developers to turn away from the handheld. Then there were issues like expensive, proprietary memory cards and of course competition from Nintendo’s handheld.
There are currently no plans for a sequel to the Vita. There’s really no rush anyway as PS4 sales are generally strong enough to sustain Sony right now. Well, it was fun while it lasted and many gamers will remember the PS Vita fondly. Many preferred it over Nintendo’s handheld. Chances are Sony will make another version at some point, but I wouldn’t expect one for several years.