No Plans for a Vita Replacement

Sony confirms manufacturing to end in 2019

The Vita, home to many an indie game title and franchise will cease production in 2019.  What’s more, Sony has no plans to roll out a replacement to it’s much loved, and yet often criticized handheld.

Sony Interactive Entertainment senior vice president Hiroyuki Oda told Japanese magazine Famitsu (via Gematsu):

“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.”

Launched in Japan back in December 2011, The Vita, a replacement and successor to The PlayStation Portable successor was brought to market as a way to play console-quality games such as Uncharted: Golden Abyss while out and about.  Unlike the Nintendo Switch,  it didn’t cut though into the mainstream and in the end, became the go-to place for many smaller indie game titles.

With the Nintendo Switch doing so well, the PS4 arguably leading the battle against the Xbox and the next generation expected in a few years time, it seems Sony has no desire to have a presence within handheld gaming.

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