Sony is going to end the physical production of Vita games. Although the hardware manufacturer claims that digital distribution will continue through PlayStation store, this move will mark the end of physical cards for Sony’s portable gaming system.
Sony plans to end the production of Vita game cards by the end of the fiscal year 2018 in Europe and North America. 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. Sony’s fiscal year 2018 will end on March 31, 2019.
PS Vita launched back in 2012 and is now six years old. The handheld was said to bring console gaming on the go and had an amazing PS4 remote play feature which I personally still use and still works great.
PS Vita had some amazing titles, if you still have one around do checkout Tearaway, Gravity Rush, Danganronpa 1&2, Hotline Miami, Persona 4 Golden, Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward, Final Fantasy X/X-2, Killzone Mercenary, Uncharted: Golden Abyss and many more.
Despite Studios dropping support for PS Vita, the handheld remained popular in Japan with niche Japanese titles and RPGs.
One of the most expensive parts of PS Vita was its memory card which still costs around 90$ as compared to standard SD card which you can get for just $20. Fans have complained all these years about the expensive memory cards and we hope after Sony is finally done with Vita, its time to make memory cards cheap to make the owners of the handheld console happy.
In other news, Sony has also announced there will be no PlayStation Plus support for Vita and PS3 starting March 2019. That marks the end of long-running online support for both machines.