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.
“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.