PS Vita: Sony to cease production of handheld PlayStation console in 2019
- Sony announced that it’s ending production of its PlayStation Vita console
- The popular handheld game console first debuted in Japan back in late 2011
- The news comes as Sony made a big announcement regarding another console
It’s the end of an era for at least some handheld video game console fans.
The announcement was made at the 2018 Tokyo Game Show on September 20.
Visitors gather near the Sony PlayStation exhibition booth during the Tokyo Game Show 2018 at Makuhari Messe in Chiba, east of Tokyo, Japan, 20 September 2018
Sony Interactive Entertainment Vice President Hiroyuki Oda confirmed that production will soon cease and revealed that the company currently had no plans for a successor to it.
‘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,’ Oda said.
The news comes just months after it was made public that Sony would reportedly end production of physical Vita cartridges by the end of its 2018 fiscal year, which runs until March 31, 2019.
However, digital distribution for games on the handheld console would continue after that date.
The PlayStation One Classic is almost half the size of Sony’s original 1994 console
The new announcement from Sony also comes just one day after it revealed the PlayStation One Classic, an updated version of its iconic original PlayStation console released in 1994.
The new console is slated to be 50 percent smaller than its predecessor and comes pre-loaded with 20 games, including Tekken 3 and Final Fantasy VII.
The PlayStation One Classic will launch on December 3, 2018 – exactly 24 years after the release of the original version. Pre-orders are currently available for the updated version of the console, which will reportedly cost $100 in the U.S. and £90 in the UK.
What is the PlayStation Vita?
The PlayStation Vita is a handheld video game console developed by Sony Interactive Entertainment.
The successor to the PlayStation Portable, it was released in Japan on December 17, 2011 and later in North America and Europe on February 22, 2012.
The console sold very well in Japan and fairly well in many Western nations, selling an estimated 10 to 15 million units worldwide since its release.