Sony Interactive Entertainment announced that production of PlayStation Vita cartridges will be discontinued at least in the West. From April 1, 2019, only digital distribution will be possible.
Compared to the sales of the Nintendo 3DS or the success of the mobile systems, Sony Interactive Entertainment’s Handheld PlayStation Vita has never really been successful in the West.
Instead, most of the sales went to the Japanese market, where PlayStation Vita continues to consider new games, some of which even find their way to the West. However, as can be seen from a recent release by Sony Interactive Entertainment, Western owners of PlayStation Vita will have to come to terms with a small restriction in the future.
PlayStation Vita: The production of cartridges is discontinued
Accordingly, the production of PlayStation Vita cartridges in Europe and North America will be discontinued at the end of the current financial year (April 1, 2018 – March 31, 2019). Conversely, this means that PlayStatio Vita titles in the West will be distributed in a digital version as of April 1, 2019.
Sony Interactive Entertainment also notes that developers must submit their product code requests for a retail release on PlayStation Vita by June 28. The final orders should be received by 15 February 2019. After that time, developers on PlayStation Vita are forced to rely on digital distribution when publishing in the West.