The PS Vita has not been as successful as Sony hoped for thanks to the rise of tablets and smartphones. Now that it’s 2018, it looks like Sony is starting to close the books on the console as physical PS Vita game cartridges will no longer be produced.
As reported by Kotaku, a statement received by the website says Sony has told developers that the Sony American and European branches “plan to end all Vita GameCard production by close of fiscal year 2018“. As of this moment, digital distribution of PS Vita games will continue for the time being.
The fiscal year of 2018 will end on March 31, 2019. That’s almost 10 months away, but it gives developers enough time to try and order any last game cartridges if they wish to re-release any PS Vita games in the near future.
Japan has been the only country in the world where the PS Vita is still popular. Everywhere else in the world, most people still used to console just as a Remote Play device for the PS4 console. Unlike Nintendo with the 3DS and Switch, the PS Vita never really gained a loyal audience enough for it to grow.