The PlayStation Vita continues to be the portable video game console that just won’t die — at least until now.
In what seems to be the final knife in the Vita’s rear touch panel, Sony has announced that it plans to halt production of PlayStation Vita game cartridges in 2019. The slow, seemingly never-ending death of Sony’s game console has finally sort of arrived.
That said, even though Vita support from Sony is dwindling, it’s likely that the odd downloadable Vita game will still make its way to the PlayStation Network. For example, Harvest Moon-inspired farming RPG Stardew Valley is set to make its way to the Vita on May 22nd.
— Ex-CEO Kaz Hirai (@KazHiraiCEO) May 16, 2018
This report stems from Kotaku, which also obtained the information via an internal note to Sony’s American and European branches.
Sony’s PlayStation Vita launched back in 2012 but quickly lost ground to mobile/tablet gaming and more importantly, the surge in popularity of Nintendo’s 3DS.
Sony also made the strange decision to make the system only compatible with expensive proprietary memory cards — just like its predecessor the PlayStation Portable — which ultimately hindered the console’s sales to some extent.