Sony is ending physical production of Vita games, Kotaku has learned. Although the hardware manufacturer says digital distribution will continue, this move will mark the end of physical cards for the maligned portable game system.
It has been fun. I did have a fun time with PS Vtia. Killzone Mercernary and Teraway are my two favorite PS Vita games.
Told you guys it was dead 3 years ago.
brilliant console --abysmal (almost insulting ) Sony stance to it and us ...Why Sony?? i trusted you ... why no Monster hunter 3 or 4 on the damn system, why not one damn good platfomer on it ?? (ok GRush was stellar but it is only one game on a whole damn system) ....one of my biggest mistakes to buy the system that i will not repeat it 2nd time (if SOny ever releases a Vita 2 ) ...after the jugernaught PSP was (literally thousands gameplay hours on it), i never thought Vita will be almost DOA ....
Dead hardware doesn’t continue getting games. http://www.handheldplayers....
@TomatoDragon - if you are a fan of Japanese games and the odd indie title, then yes, the Vita is still thriving. But for the other 99% of us, it's dead :P
^ Yeah, cuz nobody likes Japanese games ?? Very strange comment from a Nintendo fan.
Tomato^ So the Dreamcast isn't dead. And that would mean the PS2 was alive until like 2014 or later.
Yeah people just do't like to accept the truth. It's a excellent handheld but has been dead along time since Sony pretty much abandoned support for the thing, I bet the PSVR will go down the same route too.
TomatoDragon Yeah, I'm looking forward to Chicken Range, Ice Cream Surfer HD & Russian Subway Dogs ect lol. 99% of the games it does get are indies nobody has heard of or old simple games like Shovel Knight/Stardew Valley ect, it's not technically dead but what little it does get isn't exactly exciting.
Wow and it only took 3 years for the prophecy to come true!!!
Despite Sony pulling the plug, there is a community of creative indie developers who are still making games for it. Many of which get released in physical form thanks to outfits like LRG.
Blank this! I'm not buy digital games for PS Vita. How long before they pull the plug on supporting any digital downloads? it wont be long now. Thank goodness for my PS4 pro. I also have PStv which is a screen less PSVita. I expect used game prices to go up now. PSP did good while it was alive though and so did PSVita.
WipEout, Uncharted, Gravity rush, Tearaway were my favorites. KZ was good but multiplayer was zone locked. nobody plays it online. very underrated console. extremely powerful but not even sony believed in it. what a pity.
Uncharted and Killzone were not the kind of games that could move portable consoles ... it was an absolute mistake from Sony s side to even fund the development of these titles ......could have given the money to its japanese comapnies and develop real gems ......only Gravity Rush was 10/10 and perfect for portable or home console but it s only one
@naruga Wow ! You are not helping here. The reason why PS Vita didn’t sell a lot because the overpriced of memory card and the handle itself. And again, you are still hating Western gaming way too much. So i’m going ask you a question. Why do you hate Western gaming so much ? And was there any Western game that you like ?
People complained it didn't have games. Sony made games. People complained it didn't seem like a console on the go. Sony made console games for it. People disregarded the games and acted like Sony wasn't supporting it. Now Naruga says that it didn't need console games, but games tailored around the portable experience....like Tearaway or Killzone which I guess. It didn't really matter what Sony did, because no one gave them credit for it.
@naruga: sony made a huge mistake because YOU dont think these games are moving handhelds? GR didn't even sell half of what Golden Abyss did. and the moving portables discussion we shouldn't worry much about. it's sony's problem.
Those were pretty fun! Killzone looked really good too... But honestly Sony's terrible support of the vita has really disappointed me but I got over it when I managed to sell it for more than I had paid used 3 years prior :D
Never ever boughy a physical copy on my Vita. Every game is digital for me.
The only thing holding me back from a Vita was the memory cards.
Many more reasons you nor anyone else buying a vita than just memory cards.
You are right. But the memory card is the biggest problem here for most people. As for me, I sold it due to the fact that Sony stopped support it just two year after its release.
I bought one and yest he is right. The memory cards created a situation where it wasn't worth it.
That and the rise of smartphone gaming.
Smartphone gaming is a joke.
That had nothing to do with it. That's just Sony's spin on why the Vita failed.
Portable sales went down but if smartphone gaming was as big as it's supposed to be outside of pay-to-play gimmicks, the 3DS wouldn't be at almost 80 million.
"Smartphone gaming is a joke." I agree, but it is also big business. https://venturebeat.com/201... If you guys think smartphones and tablets had no affect on Vita then sorry, you are just wrong. Nintendo was more immune to the affects of smartphone gaming as it targeted children more than adults. Children are far less likely to own a smartphone. Adults are far less likely to want to carry around multiple devices. Do the math, folks. Why do you think Sony jumped ship so quickly from supporting Vita? The market moved elsewhere.
@Razzer Smartphone gaming had already been prevalent when the Vita arrived on scene. Sony failed to give enough reason for people to want a Vita in addition to a smartphone. Consumers have no trouble taking a Switch and smartphone around with them.
AmstradAmiga Yes, but it took some time for smartphone gaming to kick in and the public to jump on board. By the time Vita arrived, smartphone gaming was the rage. "Sony failed to give enough reason for people to want a Vita in addition to a smartphone. " Exactly my point. "Consumers have no trouble taking a Switch and smartphone around with them. " Switch is hybrid and will more than likely take over the 3DS market at some point. Like I said, smartphones are a lesser market for children whom are Nintendo's primary target.
I bought a Vita and sold it because of the lack of space to buy digital games or use any of it's media features. Of course the next biggest issue I had was the library which was way worse than my PSP. I didn't need AAA experiences on the go, I just needed quality games above indie budget level.
Enjoying Velocity 2X on the OLED
damn what a game!! you should be able to control your nerves while playing that.
I've perfected 32 stages so far. It's slow progress. Did you get the DLC?
Great game. Probably my proudest platinum. I hope you enjoy it; it's truly fantastic.
Oh what could have been!
Such a shame. I know I’m in a monitory but I still use mine daily. I still hold a (fading) hope that we will one day see a Vita 2 that resembles the switch in terms of its design.
Because it worked so well for the switch.
Not sure what you mean? Switch has sold very well so far, certainly a lot better then the vita managed in its day.
I use mine quite often. Used to use it more but got a switch and been distracted. I still have a sizable backlog of games to play on it though.
Vita certainly had a weird life cycle, bought mine day 1 but sold it for a good price after finishing killzone and tearaway, that was when I realised its probably not going to get much support with the genre of games I'm interested in. Uncharted, rc, kz, lbp, tearaway, unit 13, resistance, everybody's golf were fantastic and put so many hrs put into them especially my beloved everybody's golf, that was a great game for my travelling needs. there was also great games like gravity rush, gow collection, some lego games, persona 4, dead nation, disgaea 4, Minecraft, rsyman legends, child of light, r&c, sly trilogy, nfs, wipe out, sf, ac chronicles, j&d trilogy, fifa, mod nation racer etc to name a few. What Sony missed is not supporting it with lower memory cards, 1st party support etc. Shame as it was a cracking device
My favorite handheld I ever owned. Thankfully, PlayAsia continues to distribute lots of physical jrps. Just got me some Moe Chronicle dungeon crawling fanservice goodness. :) And here’s what’s coming in 2018 http://www.handheldplayers....
To be honest, considering I literally only bought the thing for Remote Play with my PS4 (which I use still to this day while in bed), I actually got some good fun from the handheld. It's a shame Sony can't understand the handheld market like Nintendo can, the Vita was a fabulous piece of tech with a beautiful OLED screen (if you were a gen 1 adopter). But games like Hot Shots Golf, Uncharted, Killzone, Wipeout and a bunch of free PS+ titles... I got a fair amount of play from it.
Bought mine for the same reason (love using it for Persona 5) but I totally agree, Sony had no idea what to do with it. And I feel like remote play is such an amazing feature and they totally flopped with it. If they put out a vita 2 with a set of buttons equivalent to the ps4 I would by that day one just for remote play alone. Still a great handheld for indies and ps1 classics though. That's mainly what I use it for now.
yeah some games work a little poorly with the Vita in remote play. Infamous was hard as hell because to shoot some of your projectiles you had to hit the bottom right corner of the front screen.. hard to pull off when you are trying to aim with your right hand at the same time. So some wonky games aside, it's still great for that. But a shame they didn't have dual shoulder buttons to mimic a PS4 controller. Would have saved some headaches no doubt.
It’ll be a sad day to see Sony’s handheld efforts come to an end after 15 years(it however longer life Vita has) of existing within it
Honestly thought they did ages ago. Think I only own EDF2: Invaders From Space on card. Always bought digital or used cross play titles on a big memory card, also used remote playback as much as possible. Sad to see the start of the official end of the best handheld console ever made.
Absolutely had a great run and has some of my most played games on there. While not everyone's cup of tea, I have a huge backlog of games to work through. It was a great 6 years.
RIP the Vita. Now, don’t f up again Sony if you plan to release another handheld in the future.
They should open it up for any micro sd card then atleast if it's all digital
Did they still sell them? I haven’t seen Vita physical games for at least 12-18 months. Where were they being sold?
I love the Vita but it was obvious that support for it was going to drop soon enough. Oh well, I've still got a bunch of games in my backlog and several to buy this year. I for one will be playing the Vita for a long while. Just to point out though that cart production has only ended in US and Europe, so we may still see some English Asian import releases in the future.
Is this the beginning of the end for Sony Vita. The PSP went through the same phases before it was discontinued.
Favorite portable Eva. Currently enjoying Cosmic Star Heroine.
I enjoyed the vita.. Those expensive memory cards & lack of L2/R2 killed it i believe.. It was a really good machine for its time but dumb decisions like a back touchpad and the aforementioned were a deterrence. The switch is like its spiritual successor in the handheld market..
I haven’t been able to buy a vita or vita games in stores for a long while so not surprising
I'm trying to collect every physical US Vita game and own over 200 so far. I've been anticipating this news. Greatest handheld ever.
I'm going to have to crack open a 40 and pour it on the curb for this one. Despite the shortcomings, it was definitely a great system as I still play mine. I will support another if the fix those problems. I don't want to name them as we all know what they are.
Just realized I only bought 4 physical games for it. P4, Soul Sacrifice, Wipeout, and Killzone. Most of the games I have for it are digital anyway. I haven't played the thing in a while though.
Hmmm, since the memory cards can't be found anywhere anymore where I live this means either deleting older games or just not buy any more....
Total kick in the nuts. Hopefully all the upcoming games (yes there are upcoming games) have had their physical carts ordered already. Bloodstained Ritual of the Night in particular. How about more sales now? How about releasing the 64GB officially & reducing the prices of the memory cards now? It's a shame because after I'm finished with my Vita backlog, unless they release another handheld, I'll be done with Sony since I pretty much only play handhelds.
It had a slow death, system deserved better support
Well, time to start buying up as many games on my wish list ASAP before the prices start to go up
Sony really does have a bad track record of everything that doesnt include Consoles. This, PSVR, and a countless others.... Told yall
I never wanted the Vita to fail, because competition is always great in this industry, but it's like Sony made the system then realized they only wanted to focus on the PS4. There should have been a dedicated division of Playstation that handled all of the Vita's games, revisions, etc. It was so disrespectful when it didn't even get a spot at E3 less than three years after it released.
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