PlayStation Vita Production to End in Japan in 2019

PlayStation Vita Production to End in Japan in 2019 - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 07 October 2018 / 3,835 Views

Sony Interactive Entertainment senior vice president Hiroyuki Oda speaking with Famitsu at Tokyo Game Show 2018 revealed the company will stop manufacturing the PlayStation Vita in Japan in 2019. 

Sony currently has no plans to release a successor to the PlayStation Vita.

"Currently, we do not have any plans regarding a new handheld device," Oda said. "In Japan, we will manufacture PlayStation Vita until 2019. From there, shipping will end."

Thanks Gematsu.


 A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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17 Comments

dx11332sega (on 20 September 2018)

RIP you were awesome


Bristow9091 (on 20 September 2018)

So much for Vita meaning life... RIP, despite piss poor sales you've been a great handheld for me!


think-man (on 20 September 2018)

Rip vita, we barely knew ya.


Mr_No (on 20 September 2018)

It was good while it lasted, huh?


Marth (on 20 September 2018)

End of an era. No more Playstation handhelds.


Kerotan (on 21 September 2018)

Rip buddy. Now go rest with my old vgchartz account OneKartVita!


Dr.Vita (on 21 September 2018)

Well it released in 2011 in Japan so that would make a 8 year life cycle which seems quite long for a handheld. Definitely one of the best handhelds ever made!


Harkins1721 (on 20 September 2018)

PS5 will be a cross between Vita and PS4!


Nuvendil (on 20 September 2018)

*Cue My Way playing in the packground.*


OTBWY (on 20 September 2018)

Rip in peace. Press F to pay respects


AngryLittleAlchemist (on 20 September 2018)

F


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Jranation (on 20 September 2018)

RIP Playstation Handhelds


Mystro-Sama (on 20 September 2018)

Can you imagine what it would be now if it took off?


HylianSwordsman (on 22 September 2018)

Time to change the name to the Muerta? Just kidding. Congrats to a longer run than anyone expected. If there's no more PS handhelds coming, perhaps Sony is planning a Switch style console for the future? Or maybe an add on to the PS5 that will let you take the games anywhere like with Vita remote play? If they made a device like that which didn't need any dedicated support, I could see it working. It wouldn't need to compete with Nintendo's console, since it was just an add on device. Might be too expensive though.


COKTOE (on 22 September 2018)

It was my favorite platform for a while, until memory card failure, and all the fun of troubleshooting, re-downloading, and buying very expensive replacements became routine over a maddening 2 1/2 year period. Just part of owning a Vita. For some people anyway. At any rate, I still love the thing. Have 2 oleds in use and an LCD still new in the box. Have spent more time with it than any other platform over the past 5 years, partially due to circumstance, but mostly because I enjoyed it.


tripenfall (on 21 September 2018)

Until the PS5 hybrid in 2019?


Liquid_faction (on 20 September 2018)

Damn, no plans on making a new handheld. Hopefully by the time PS5 comes around, they'd enter the market again. Vita had such good potential, but they shot themselves in the foot with the paranoia from the PSP days.


snyps (on 21 September 2018)

What was the paranoia about? I loved my vita but sold it in ‘13 after a poor showing at e3


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Liquid_faction (on 21 September 2018)

Sony was stubborn about using Micro SD because back in the PSP days, the console was easily hacked and its games pirated. To combat it for the Vita, they made their own memory that was 10x more expensive than Micro SD


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RolStoppable (on 21 September 2018)

People still believe that the overpriced Vita memory cards were due to piracy on the PSP? Proprietary variants of existing technology are not expensive, see Wii's DVDs and Wii U's Blu-rays.

The reason why the Vita memory cards were so expensive is that the console itself was sold at a loss and Sony's plan was to make back that money with the mandatory purchases of proprietary SD cards as the console didn't have any built-in storage solution.


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Liquid_faction (on 22 September 2018)

Oh I know those cards were nothing special and over priced, but I still think in the initial planning stages of the VITA they were paranoid over piracy, that's why they opted for their own memory. If their plan was just to ride the business plan of making money off the Cards, they should have found out back in 2014 before the Slim came out that it wouldn't work.


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Mr.Playstation (on 20 September 2018)

7 years isn't that bad. More than a certain other 8th generation console.


routsounmanman (on 20 September 2018)

Which was supported more fiercely by its creator than Sony did the Vita.


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OTBWY (on 20 September 2018)

Which is not even comparable since the WiiU and its games were much more expensive.


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routsounmanman (on 20 September 2018)

And yet Nintendo backed it up considerably until it was in fact dead. Sony meanwhile, left the Vita to rot from the get go.


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snyps (on 21 September 2018)

Wii U had a successor


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