Sony confirms end of PS Vita support, officially labels it ‘legacy platform’
Unless you live in Japan or Asia, that is.
It seems that the Vita will live as Andrew House’s were only meant for older versions of the handheld. “What Andy mentioned as ‘legacy platform’ was a part of the write-off the PS Vita component for the first generation of PS Vita, which is no longer available in the market. And he did not directly mean the current PS Vita and PS TV models, which are available in the market. Our portable business will be continued, and many users are now enjoying PS4 remote play features as well as original PS Vita game titles on PS Vita and PS TV,” a Sony executive said to Gamesbeat.
The PS Vita is a tragic story of lost potential and almost seemingly deliberate sabotage, but on the whole, the platform has miraculously trudged on, in spite of Sony’s boneheaded policies that should have killed the system a long time ago.
That changes today- at an investor’s meeting, Sony Computer Entertainment’s Global Head and CEO confirmed that the company is officially retiring the handheld to ‘legacy status’ outside of Japan and Asia, and that it will receive no future support in those territories.
What does this mean? This means that while Sony will probably continue to repair the system, and sell it for as long as stocks last, and support PSN on it for a while, we cannot expect any new Sony projects on it. Period. The system, as far as Sony is concerned, falls in the same category as the PS2 or PSP now.
Some ten year lifetime for all your systems, huh, Sony? The blame for the Vita’s death lies squarely on Sony. They never gave it a chance, and never backed it the way they backed the PS3, the PS4, or even the PSP.
That said, the handheld has a ton of great games on it, so if you can find one for cheap, I recommend getting one. it’s worth it just for Persona 4 Golden and DanganRonpa.