Sony to End PS Vita Production in Japan Next Year. Could This Be the Final Goodbye?

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Tokyo Game Show 2018, one of the biggest gaming events of the year, is well underway and Sony seems to be paving the way for the release of the PlayStation Classic.

After announcing the tiny, retro console, the company also revealed that it will discontinue the PlayStation Vita, the popular handheld console that was the successor to the blockbuster PSP. The PS Vita was launched in Japan back in 2011 and came to the US a year later, where it struggled to gain popularity. However, Japanese users did take to it, which makes Sony’s announcement all the more worrying.

“Currently, we do not have any plans regarding a new handheld device. In Japan, we will manufacture PlayStation Vita until 2019. From there, shipping will end,” said Sony Interactive Entertainment senior VP Hiroyuki Oda in a Famitsu report.

All in all, in its eight years, both the PS Vita and its slim version reached 16.04 million sales, which, in the world of gaming, is not a lot. For example, the Nintendo Switch sold almost 20 million devices in just over a year.

With those numbers in mind, it’s likely that this is the final goodbye for PlayStation Vita.

Also read: ✍PlayStation Classic With 20 Games Included For $100? Yes, Please!✍

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