The PS Vita Officially Ends Production in Japan

The PS Vita Officially Ends Production in Japan

The Vita, it turns out, no longer means "life."

It's official: Sony has ended the production of the PlayStation Vita in Japan. After announcing that production would be winding down later this month, Sony has officially ceased production of its powerful handheld.

The official Japanese store page for PS Vita says that the system has been discontinued. The final PS Vita variants for the Black (PCH-2000 ZA11) and Aqua Blue (PCH-2000 ZA23) are all gone, and no new Vita models will be made to replace them.

The writing was already on the wall. Following reports that the PS Vita line would end in 2019, Sony announced it would stop offering PS Vita and PS3 games as part of PS Plus starting this month. PS Vita cartridges were also retired, leading some developers to cancel planned Vita versions of their games.

After eight years in production, Sony is finally winding down the PS Vita for good. We'll remember it as a proto-next gen portable when the games playing population didn't yet wrap its head around a hybrid console like the Nintendo Switch.

Rest in peace PS Vita, we knew ye well.

Thanks, Siliconera.

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Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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