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PS Vita PlayStation Store Reportedly Set To Stop Releasing New Games Despite Staying Open

From PSU: "Sony will no longer accept new PlayStation Vita game releases on the PlayStation Store from this summer, despite the store itself continuing to remain open.

That’s at least according to Twitter account Sometimes You, a publisher of single-player Unity, Ren’Py and Defold games to consoles, including PS Vita. The store will continue to operate as planned, but new releases will no longer be available following the summer deadline."

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XiNatsuDragnel37d ago

C'mon Sony Don't crunch these developers just let em release naturally.

ApocalypseShadow36d ago (Edited 36d ago )

These developers could have naturally moved their game development forward to PS4, Switch and Xbox. And not release on hardware DISCONTINUED in 2019.

It's like getting upset that your classes didn't start at ITT after not checking the school closer and the door locks.

Petebloodyonion35d ago (Edited 35d ago )

And perhaps theses dev did a market research to evaluate that they would have a better shot at selling their game on a console that would have 1 new game with some happy follower vs on another one that release 1000 games per year.

Or perhaps they started developing the game way before 2019.

Last I check Ubisoft did released some Wii games in late 2019 despite the system been discontinued since forever.

And perhaps Sony warn them I’m advance that they will stop selling new game ans not just 3 months in advance.

King_Noctis35d ago (Edited 35d ago )

“And not release on hardware DISCONTINUED in 2019.”

The hardware was discontinued, but the store itself was not. When the store was supposed to close, Sony didn’t inform the developers months or even weeks in advance (and even sold PS Vita development kits to some devs, knowing full well that they are going to close the store).

You can’t really blame the devs for this. Some indies devs can’t afford to release games on just 2 or 3 platforms, they need all the customers they can get from every platforms available.

gamer780435d ago (Edited 35d ago )

Let’s be honest Sony discontinued its support a year after it launched... kept on life support by third parties. Haven’t been burned like that in a long time on a gaming machine.

MetroidFREAK2135d ago

The system was discontinued years ago. Time to move on

Knightofelemia36d ago

If the little machine is still getting new games why castrate that source of revenue

Teflon0235d ago

Thought they stopped. A dev like late 2019 said they weren't releasing the PS Vita version of their game localized because of this reason. Just couldn't remember who

ARESWARLORD35d ago

It's dirty that Sony would do this knowing football this games and development for the Vita.

That is some dirty moves Sony.

And as someone stated above it's been discontinued since 19.

But Sony's had no issues publishing the games released between then and now and slipping the cool cool profits into their pockets.

And Sony never give the PS Vita the shot it deserved after abandoned it within a year or two of its release

curtain_swoosh35d ago

my god, the sheer ignorance of some people. the complaining about a dead handheld not having new games. geez. no one plays on the vita anymore, amd if devs are dumb enough to release games for it still, how is that sonys fault

MrSwankSinatra35d ago

you clearly don't know shit about the vita community as there are plenty of new games that trickle out to the vita to this day and all those devs attest that they still make a lot of money on the platform.

gamer780435d ago (Edited 35d ago )

It didn’t have any first party games after 2013, that’s the part people should be upset about. Sony left it to die. But be thankful third party kept it alive this long.

Gamer7535d ago (Edited 35d ago )

"How is that Sonys fault" well they did keep sending out dev kits and
didn't inform the devs as to what was going to happen so how is that not on Sony yet somehow its the sole fault of the devs, geez some people can never hold Sony accountable for anything

jukins34d ago

Sony stopped selling vita dev kits in 2016. Again if you take 4 years to release small indie game, again, ON A DEAD UNSUPPORTED platform whos really to blame?

TheRealTedCruz35d ago

Just because Sony didn't want to support it, doesn't mean that other developers haven't been.
It may be a small market, but there are devs obviously finding success on the platform, and find it financially viable to release on it.

ApocalypseShadow35d ago (Edited 35d ago )

It's a dead platform. Any expectation that it was going to continue and thrive is wishful thinking on these developers.

The Switch is a thriving platform that could benefit from their release and there's a community looking for new games. It's on them to know the signs. Especially when the parent company says the hardware is discontinued. And, Sony said last year that the digital stores would be affected.

https://www.google.com/amp/...

The writing was on the wall. Vita was discontinued in 2019. Sony then says that games will no longer be coming last year. Then, this year they say it's closing but the media played it up like Sony was taking the ability to download your previously purchased content which was debunked. Gamers raged over nothing. Sony puts out a statement that they'll keep it open but we all know those older systems are no longer supported and shouldn't be expected to be in perpetuity.

These developers knew. They just acted like they didn't know when evidence clearly can be shown that Sony was headed in that direction to move on. How is it that I can go back and find information from 2019 and 2020 but the developer's couldn't or should be asking these questions 2 years ago to Sony on if they can release their game before it closes.

TheRealTedCruz35d ago

@apocalypse

You're allowed to view things however you wish.
I'm for giving devs the option, and I doubt hosting the Vita store, and letting them submit new titles to it, costs this multinational an arm and a leg to do so.
These small devs, evidently, still make a profit off of bringing their titles to Vita, considering they invest the time, and manpower, to do so.
Sony screwed consumers over by basically killing the platform after just a couple years.

Feel free to defend them in screwing over not only customers who thought they were buying into a proper, well backed platform, but also the consumer who still chose to support it, as well as the developers trying to keep it alive.

jukins34d ago

Lmao who has found success? Please tell me these vita games. So weird for you guys to defend something you dont have, dont use, and you yourself didnt support, but now yall are all in "stick it to the man" mode.

Its like buying a 300,000 mile car that hasnt had any maintaince and expecting it to last until you need it...but obviously it would be the car salesman that the buyer made the decision right?

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