Sony may be finally ringing the death knell for the PlayStation Vita.
By the end of this fiscal year, both Sony’s American and European branches “plan to end all Vita GameCard production.” According to a message sent to Kotaku, the company is asking for all publishers to submit their final requests for product codes by the end of June and their final purchase orders by next February, with card production coming to a complete stop before the fiscal year concludes in March 2019.
This news doesn’t come as a surprise. Back in September 2017, Sony president Andrew House explained that the company viewed the handheld market as “limited” and intended to focus on games that are played on the “big screen” for the future. Still, it’s a sad day for Vita fans.
However, though the production of physical games is coming to an end, digital games will still have a market on the Vita. The Vita still benefits from sales offered on the PlayStation Store, and it’s possible to Cross Buy many titles between the PlayStation 4 and PS Vita.
Still, though, if PS Vita owners want physical games, the time to collect cartridges may be drawing to a close.