The fate of the PlayStation Vita is one that bums out a lot of people, especially if you happen to be someone that owns one (ahem). The console is fantastic from a design standpoint, being extremely well-made and featuring an awesome screen for an excellent portable gaming experience. The support for the platform was extremely poor, however, and some boneheaded decisions early on sealed its fate.
Now it has been announced by Sony Interactive Entertainment’s American and European Branches that they will end all GameCard production by March 31st, 2019. This was sent out via email to developers today, and it was obtained by Kotaku. Digital distribution will continue, of course, but the Vita’s time on store shelves is running out.
Elsewhere in the email, developers were informed by Sony that they must submit all PS Vita physical product code requests by June 28th, and final purchase orders by February 15th, 2019. Once Sony’s 2018 fiscal year comes to an end on March 31st, 2019, PS Vita GameCards will no longer be in production.
PS Vita originally launched in Japan in December 2011, before launching elsewhere in February 2012. The console was notable for easily being the most powerful handheld console on the market, offering a gaming experience that was close to what the PlayStation 3 offered. It also amassed a solid library of games, though first-party support died off relatively quickly.