Sony Playstation Vita had a rough lifeline and now it has officially discontinued by Sony. Everyone knew the handheld wasn’t going to be around long enough when its company stopped making games for the Vita back in 2015 and stopped producing physical media games in 2018. Also last February was the last month that its PlayStation Plus subscription gave free games for PS-Plus members.
Vita had quite the journey but it was everything but good. Launched in Japan in December 2011, it was expected to be the successor of Sony’s last handheld console – Playstation Portable (PSP). However, being in the rise of smartphones and the advancement era of mobile games, it gradually sunk. Things only got worse when you included design complaints such as being expensive in both the console (I bought the PCH-1000 for RM1100+) and the physical games (which doesn’t make sense when they aren’t even triple-A titles).
Apart from that, Sony had competitions along the way with Nintendo’s Switch entering the market – offering so much more than what Vita could provide. Well it seems Sony has no known plans for the Vita in the future for now. That’s a good move considering smartphones are elevating in their features recently making mobile games growing to its peak. But I guess Sony couldn’t really care less on how Vita was doing because Playstation 4 had the job done. PS4 sales have usually been strong enough to sustain Sony’s fortunes for the past couple of years even though it hasn’t been long since introduced.
Just don’t throw your existing Vita yet in case it got resurrected along the way. If not, you could just say you have an antique kept inside your drawers.
For now, it’s auf wiedersehen (that’s German for Adieu) to Playstation Vita.