In Japan, the production of the PlayStation Vita was officially discontinued. Thus, Sony Interactive Entertainment Japan Asia has ended the era of the handheld.
Just a few weeks ago, the news circulated that Sony Interactive Entertainment Japan Asia will discontinue the production of the PlayStation Vita in Japan. Today is the day when the era of the handheld officially comes to an end.
The end of an era
In 2011, Sony Interactive Entertainment launched the PlayStation Vita in Japan and took it to the West the following year. Technically, the handheld was superior to its competitor from Nintendo, however, the PlayStation Vita could never reach the big breakthrough with their software portfolio.
While new offshoots to well-known first-party brands such as “Uncharted” or “Killzone” were released at the beginning, the first-party development ebbed relatively quickly, leaving only a few titles such as “Tearaway” or “Gravity Rush” Cult games among the PlayStation Vita players could grow up.
In Japan, the PlayStation Vita could be assured of extended support from third-party developers for a long time, even making titles such as the recently released “Catherine: Full Body” for the handheld released. In the west, the picture looks different for years, however, so that the support for local players gradually left much to be desired and a large part of the PlayStation Vita implementations were not published in our climes.
In her lifetime, the PlayStation Vita sold a total of nearly 16 million units, with “Minecraft” was the most successful title of the platform with about 2.5 million sales.