It has been a rocky few years for the Vita, nevertheless it appears Sony is closing the coffin on the system’s software program future.
Per a message obtained and reported on by Kotaku, Sony advised builders right this moment that they’re shutting down manufacturing of bodily Vita video games. Whereas it was unlikely any new video games could be launched on the system sooner or later, it additionally signifies that reprints on older video games aren’t going to occur.
In response to Kotaku’s story, Sony intends to maintain the PSN retailer of Vita video games up, however the current Vita carts on the market proper now are the final ones on the market. In the event you ever needed a bodily copy of Danganronpa or Persona four Golden, you would possibly need to get one earlier than they grow to be uncommon.
The Vita was launched in 2011, with a western launch in America a couple of months later, for a value aggressive with its main competitors, the 3DS. Sony was ultimately undercut by Nintendo, which slashed the worth of its personal handheld, and the Vita misplaced mindshare and momentum within the handheld race. The system managed to search out a variety of success with sure varieties of titles and indie video games, however excessive costs for proprietary storage and Sony’s reluctance to position inside developer assets on the system finally outlined its quiet life till the tip.
Followers of the Vita are adamant that no system has ever fairly match that very same area of interest and can probably keep in mind it fondly as a machine with distinctive titles that weren’t adequately represented elsewhere.
I’m stunned Sony is just now ending cart manufacturing, however I’d guess there isn’t any rush for a successor system to maneuver over manufacturing traces. The PlayStation four is so successful that the Vita probably doesn’t weigh closely on anybody’s thoughts.