Sony has officially ended the production of its PlayStation (PS) Vita gaming console. The company indicated the end of production on the console’s last two models through Vita’s product page.
Sony had hinted at discontinuing the production last year when senior executive Hiroyuki Oda said that the company had no plans of any follow up on the handheld gaming console and manufacturing and shipping of all versions would end this year, Polygon reported.
The original PlayStation Vita was introduced in 2011 in Japan, followed by US release a year later. While there are no official numbers on the sale of the console, estimates by third parties indicate that the console sold somewhere in the range of 10-15 million units.
At this juncture, it is worth remembering that Sony PlayStation users and loyalists expect the company to launch a next-gen PlayStation gaming console. This showcasing is rumoured, by rumour mills, to take place during the PSX 2019 event. Here, it is worth noting that Sony’s participation at the E3 2019 conference would not take place as the company itself confirmed that it would not make its presence felt at the event. Rather, Microsoft would be very much there at th E3 2019 where there would be “lots to share” as far as fans and gaming enthusiasts are concerned.
Here, the next-gen Sony console’s nomenclature is yet to come to the fore; but the device could be called PS5. Also, a cross section of PlayStation loyalists believe that it would do the company a world of good if the next-gen Sony console offers backwards compatibility for current-gen PS4 titles. In this regard, do share your thoughts/insights on your expectations of futuristic PS devices.
(With inputs from ANI)