Sad news for all PlayStation fans. Yup, Sony will end PlayStation Vita production in Japan next year. The announcement was made by Sony representative at the 2018 Tokyo Game Show.
Although Sony has announced a new PlayStation Classic console, they will end PlayStation Vita’s production. The news came out when Hiroyuki Oda, a senior vice president for Sony Interactive Entertainment, told Famitsu.
Not continuing to produce is one thing. This probably means that Sony is developing another handheld console to rival the Nintendo Switch. Well, no. Oda said that the company will no longer produce handheld consoles in the future.
“Currently, we do not have any plans regarding a new handheld device,” Oda said. “In Japan, we will manufacture PlayStation Vita until 2019. From there, shipping will end.” Oda stated.
This actually makes sense because back in 2015, President of Sony Interactive Entertainment, Shuhei Yoshida bluntly said that they do not see a market for handheld consoles.
But let’s get this straight. the PlayStation Vita production ending does not mean that the console will not be sold that year. It just means that Sony will not produce it anymore. The company definitely wants the oversupplies to be sold.
In terms of sales itself, the PS Vita which is the successor of the PlayStation Portable (PSP) has not lived to the hype of its predecessor. Yup, the PS Vita only sold 16 million units since its first release in 2011.
Since its first release in October 2016, Sony has now sold 3 million PlayStation VR headsets worldwide. What an achievement.
The PSP, on the other hand, sold more than 80 million units since its first launch in 2004. The PS Vita had trouble competing from their neighbors Nintendo which brought in the Nintendo 3Ds in 2011. The 3DS has sold more than 75 million units until now.
Not to mention, the hype of mobile games and the multifunction of the device may well be the down point of handheld consoles. Will we see it in the future? We have to wait and see.
Edited by Devi