The disclosed communication indicates that it will be at the end of the fiscal year 2018, which for Sony ends on March 31, 2019, when the PlayStation Vita Game Card will be discontinued, so that from that date, the console will only maintain the content distributed digitally. That's not to say support will stop, as digital releases for the system are still bound to continue.
The end is nigh for the PlayStation Vita.
It's been a long, odd life for the PlayStation Vita, a system that launched here in 2012 with the slogan "console gaming on the go" but quickly lost ground to mobile and tablet gaming, along with the surge of Nintendo's 3DS.
Interestingly, the format holder still plans on continuing to manufacture physical game cards for Japan and Asia, as PS Vita is still selling decently in those territories. But some people rely on them to save space on their Vita system.
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However, they have performed remarkably under the stewardship of Darren Moore, putting together their best unbeaten run of the season.
In its message, Sony added that "all Vita product code requests be submitted by June 28, 2018, and that final purchase orders be entered by February 15, 2019". Following that, third-party developers may no longer be able to get Vita cartridges made.
While I definitely had a great time with my Vita, it's clear that the release of the juggernaut Nintendo Switch rectified so numerous Vita's missteps.
Stardew Valley has already reached fans on PS4, Switch, PC, Wii U, and it's even available for Mac and Linux farmers. Sony continued to support it for some time with a mixture of releases, including a suitable handheld port of Borderlands 2.
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.
The PlayStation Vita is available now.