The PlayStation Vita was launched back in 2011 and it hasn’t had an easy ride since its inception – the Vita appeared at a time when both phone and tablet gaming were emerging on the market and, while Sony had every good intention of releasing a handheld device that would allow people to take their gaming with them, it suffered fierce competition from smartphones ever more capable of running games and rivals such as Nintendo.
Couple that with a 5 inch screen and only a half GB of RAM, the device only managed to sell roughly around 16 million units, in spite of having been released to the U.S as well and receiving a number of updates in 2013 and 2014.
After seven years though, it looks Sony decided to call it a day and officially discontinue the Vita. The company will end production this year and stated that it does not have any plans to release a successor to the device.
It will also stop producing the physical game cards for the PlayStation Vita at the end of the 2018 fiscal year, which means March 31st, 2019.