The Daily Star has reported that the death of the PlayStation Vita is imminent. Their primary source is a tweet from PlayStation España last month, which stated that the PlayStation Vita has been discontinued in Spain. A response to a user who had spent hours searching stores for a Vita, translates to read, “Hello! It’s actually discontinued, yes.”
Hola! Efectivamente está descatalogada, sí.
— PlayStation España (@PlayStationES) March 19, 2018
At this rate, it may only be a matter of time before other countries follow suit. The Vita has notably suffered from much poorer sales than its main competitor, the 3DS. As the Switch quickly takes over the 3DS’s spot in the market, the Vita seems to be quietly fading into the background.
Originally a system that aimed to offer true AAA experiences on the go, the Vita struggled to pick up sales for a variety of reasons, including unattractive pricing, frustrating memory cards, and mediocre reception for high-profile releases such as COD Black Ops Declassified and Assassin’s Creed: Liberation. The Vita has seen increased success in its later years with moderate support from Japanese developers and a heavy indie presence.
After amassing approximately 16 million in sales, it seems that Sony is beginning the farewell process for the Vita. It was already announced earlier this year that PS3 and PS Vita titles would no longer be offered on PS+, and now the system itself may not be available new for much longer.