Sony PS Vita Physical Game Production to End by March 2019

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The system never quite took off in terms of sales, but all the same, it's enjoyed a devoted following - and in more recent years, the Vita's become a home to all kinds of great indie games and Japanese RPGs.

In a message to developers, Sony has stated that it plans to stop producing PS Vita game cartridges, according to a report from Kotaku. As revealed by Kotaku, all Vita product code applications must be submitted by June 28, 2018, so the publishers have over a month, along with the final orders by February 15, 2019. That being said, the end of the 2018 fiscal year is March 31, 2019.

This news comes much to my chagrin and that of, no doubt, the many PlayStation Vita fans who still swear by the console.

Unfortunately, the successor to the PSP was met with a less than stellar reception from fans and Sony scaled back support and the development of AAA titles for the Vita. However, support waned after a few years and a number of games were just downright poor such as the Vita Call of Duty, and everyone's still waiting for Vita Bioshock.

Of course, that doesn't include India where the PS Vita hasn't gotten new units officially since mid-2015, and new games haven't released in two years. The game will be available on the handheld console on May 22.

Sony has confirmed that it is ceasing the manufacture of physical games for the PlayStation Vita, its ill-fated hand-held console, within a year. A pricey, high-powered system that required proprietary memory cards, the Vita quickly lost ground to Nintendo's 3DS... and now, really, Nintendo's Switch.

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