The Physical Vita is perhaps closer to its death. The PS Vita might tempt many people thanks to indie launch and JRPGs such as Persona 4 Golden, but it’s evident that they aren’t enough to stop its impending death. As per American and European divisions of Sony Company, they are ending the making of physical Vita games by the end of March 2019 (officially end of the fiscal year 2018). Sony has unveiled the news through a letter to the developers asking them to submit the final purchase orders by next February 15th.
The Company will carry on marketing the digital Vita games on the PlayStation Network. It is the console’s costly proprietary memory cards that never let the Vita became as popular in the West as it is in the land of the rising sun – Japan, situated in East Asia. A second major factor behind Vita’s imminent demise is the rise of mobile gaming. Yes, it’s the reason why Sony’s American and European divisions majorly ignored the console’s presence just after the introduction in 2012. The Japanese company’s handheld also couldn’t survive with the 3DS that gained a huge support from Nintendo and also inherited the DS console’s user base.
Shuhei Yoshida, the president of Sony Worldwide Studios said in 2015 that the company doesn’t find a suitable and growing market for Vita sequel. It’s little difficult to imagine that the tech-giant changing its mind since then. Moreover to the ending the production of PS Vita games in next March, the Japanese company will also stop PS3 and Vita titles from the list of free PlayStation Plus games in the same month. Thus, it’s quite clear that in less than a year, the Vita gamers can either purchase digital games or import launch from Asia.