Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Technology | By Lionel Gonzales

Physical PlayStation Vita cartridge production ends soon

Physical PlayStation Vita cartridge production ends soon

Rejoice, the long-awaited PlayStation Vita edition of Stardew Valley is coming very soon.

I hope you'll join me in dusting off your PlayStation Vita for one more round, to toast an old friend that did the best it could.

I believe we don't have to mention just how successful this game is. After announcing earlier this year it will remove the device from the PlayStation Plus program, it's been confirmed today the company plans to end production of physical Vita games for the USA and Europe at the end of the fiscal year.

This is not to say that there are no new games for the PS Vita.

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Sony themselves demonstrated that when they announced they drop the PlayStation Vita from the PlayStation Plus programme. A series of missteps with the handheld console made it largely inaccessible and expensive, even if it was ahead of its time (a look back on the Vita is grounds for a whole article of its own).

This is according to a message obtained by Kotaku and confirmed by a Sony representative.

Note that the announcement specifically calls out America and Europe as halting production of physical Vita games. The PS Vita is the latest in a long list of consoles for the indie darling, having previously released on PC, Playstation 4, Xbox One and the Nintendo Switch. A combination of other factors - including Sony's instance on utilising overpriced, proprietary memory cards - pushed the Vita out of the price range of many gamers. Probably not, but it's nice to dream.

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