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PS Vita will soon end production in Japan, according to the official Japanese PlayStation website. The pages for the PCH-2000 ZA11 (PS Vita Black) and PCH-2000 ZA23 (PS Vita Aqua Blue) SKUs, which are the only two remaining PS Vita models in production in Japan, mention that “shipments are scheduled to end soon.”

Sony Interactive Entertainment, which manufactures PS Vita, had previously confirmed that production of the handheld will end in 2019.

While a specific end date is currently unknown, it is worth noting that when PlayStation 3 ended production back in May 2017, the official Japanese PlayStation website posted the same notice two months prior.

PS Vita first launched in December 2011.

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Easily one of the most underrated gaming devices that has ever been released. 

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Doesn't matter that Sony's first party support for the PSVita has been horrendous (i.e. pretty much non-existent), the handheld will always be my favourite gaming device (until a PSVita 2 will be released...so...:blank:).

I remember ordering one two months after its European release (which was 7 years ago!). Played Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Motor Storm RC, Escape Plan and Wipeout 2048. I never actually finished those games (I simply wasn't feeling them) and traded the physical ones in pretty soon. For a while I didn't use the Vita. Until the Indie Scene started to pick up the support that Sony dropped. And it was amazing. So many great games got to see a release on the handheld...pure bliss for me. Especially with all the rogue-likes coming out :p 

There are so many gems on the system that (while admittedly also available on other platforms) felt weirdly at home on the device. 

  • Spelunky
  • Darkest Dungeon
  • Downwell
  • FEZ
  • Axiom Verge
  • Shovel Knight
  • Hotline Miami 1 and 2
  • ...

Just a few examples. And don't get me started on the JRPGs. There are quite a lot I still have to play.

It's a shame that the PSVita didn't sell well and in turn made Sony drop out of the handheld market probably forever. It's such a wonderful device. Aside from the terrible sticks (that you get used to after a while, though) and the touchscreen on the back its design is top-notch. It feels great to hold (although, experiences may vary with these kinds of things), touch screen (front) is a neat little addition (a little underused in games, sadly) and the buttons...my goodness are they good. Probably the best D-Pad I've ever used and that "click" when pressing a button...lovely :D 


A while ago I decided to hack my PSVita to have my SNES and GB(A) collection readily available via emulation (yes, not entirely legal - I think - but I do own all the games I have on my Vita). Didn't know what a gold mine would open up. There are so many plug-ins available, it's unreal.

  • overclocking is possible - makes for smoother gameplay with some games
  • an easy way to capture screenshots
  • change resolution for certain games
  • battery percentage indicator (why Sony never implemented this themselves, I will never understand)
  • easy way to switch between accounts (no need to format the memory card every time)
  • and most importantly: SD2Vita - being able to use a microSD card instead of the ultra expensive official cards is incredible

I won't use any of the plugins/programs that are used to acquire games illegally, though. Never have, and never will.

 

I love my Vita :heart: 

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The PS Vita is the machine that let me play Persona 4 Golden, that alone makes it a memorable entry in my collection :)

I don’t really play handheld systems at all anymore but I’m sure if I did, the Vita would’ve reigned supreme for me. Great piece of kit! 

I still maintain they should’ve made memory cards cheaper many years ago as that was a prohibitive factor for many people considering picking one up. 

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10 minutes ago, Shorty said:

I still maintain they should’ve made memory cards cheaper many years ago as that was a prohibitive factor for many people considering picking one up. 

Yup. This was easily the biggest mistake made with the handheld. Had they just used standard SD cards then I think it would have done a bit better. Also, Sony dropping support for the thing early on didn't help in the long run. Honestly, i'm surprised the Vita has stayed around for as long as it has.

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Personally I think the Vita is very overrated, its library was near no where the levels of the PSP. Mine was basically just a Falcom machine, and most of those were PSP games.

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I played a grand total of 4 games on mine: Tearaway, Child of Light, Wipeout and Little Big Planet, and went from adored to enjoyed in that order. I bought it for Tearaway though and have zero regrets.

I think a decent chunk of the PS4 audience are more on the casual side of gaming who have it for the big things like COD and FIFA etc and don't really care about portable gaming, hence the poor sales. Shame cause the tech itself seems pretty slick. That OLED screen (before they got rid of it for a worse version) was lovely.

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No other console or handheld has been able to pull this off...

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:bowdown::heart::bowdown:

It's a shame I couldn't fit FFX-2, Dissidia and Final Fantasy Tactics in there as well. :D 

I'm now quite tempted to fire up the good version of Final Fantasy IX.

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11 hours ago, Hero-of-Time said:

No other console or handheld has been able to pull this off...

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That is simply beautiful. :heart: 

11 hours ago, Hero-of-Time said:

I'm now quite tempted to fire up the good version of Final Fantasy IX.

What would the bad version of FFIX be?

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45 minutes ago, drahkon said:

What would the bad version of FFIX be?

 

I know the PS4 version also has that music bug in it as well. 

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I see.

Haven't really encountered the problems mentioned in the video on my PS4.

I actually never noticed the music bug :laughing: But I'msure I'll get annoyed next time I'll play it. Thanks :blank: 

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On 2/20/2019 at 8:55 PM, Ike said:

Personally I think the Vita is very overrated, its library was near no where the levels of the PSP. Mine was basically just a Falcom machine, and most of those were PSP games.

That's not so much overrated, that's undersupported. Judging the machine for its capabilities and wasted potential rather than its library, its a great bit of kit.

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The only game my brother ever played on the Vita was Persona 4 Golden. Now he's looking to get his own Vita just so he can play it again. Persona 4 Golden alone made the Vita worth it.

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Just ordered a 128 GB microSD card. 

With that, I'll probably be set forever :D 

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Got my Vita initially just after my PS4 purchase, loved that handheld.  Very underrated, shame it wasn't supported as fruitfully by Sony directly with 1st party games.  It could have been better and probably better received if you could use different memory cards than the ones that had the Vita logo on.

It's a shame, but i'm thankful to have owned a Vita.  Such good gaming memories from that machine.

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I might have a spending problem... :laughing: 

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I bought most of them throughout the Vita's lifespan, the rest came with PS+ (I think?). Still downloading seven games. 12 GB free for the PSOne classics I bought. Next time the old Final Fantasy games are on sale, I will have to buy the ones I'm missing (1-6). I just have to. :D 

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Impressive! Goes to show what a more reasonably priced SD card can enable.

Just FYI it's Visual Novel not Virtual ;)

 

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1 minute ago, Shorty said:

Just FYI it's Visual Novel not Virtual ;)

That is true, guess my mind was somewhere else when I named that folder :D 

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It's now officially over. @drahkon :cry:

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Sony Interactive Entertainment Japan Asia has officially ended production of PS Vita in Japan, according to the official Japanese PlayStation website.

The pages for the PCH-2000 ZA11 (PS Vita Black) and PCH-2000 ZA23 (PS Vita Aqua Blue) SKUs, which were the only two remaining PS Vita models in production, now read “shipments ended.”

 

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Ok, Sony. Time for PSVita 2. COME ON :( 

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2 hours ago, drahkon said:

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Ok, Sony. Time for PSVita 2. COME ON :( 

Hate to be that guy, but if Sony barely cared about the Vita, I seriously doubt they'll care about a second. Which sucks.

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Just now, Glen-i said:

Hate to be that guy, but if Sony barely cared about the Vita, I seriously doubt they'll care about a second.

Thanks, captain obvious :p 

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If only there was a modern day handheld with a gorgeous screen, that connects to a TV, with tons of high quality first party support, the best indie games tripping over themselves to get onboard, and a decent amount of third party supprt... to fill the void left by the Vita :blank:

:heh:

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On 2/27/2019 at 2:08 PM, drahkon said:

Next time the old Final Fantasy games are on sale, I will have to buy the ones I'm missing (1-6). I just have to. :D 

Ask and ye shall receive. A new sale has started on PSN and it's Final Fantasy themed. I'm not sure if all of the games are going to be on sale but so far stuff like Final Fantasy III, IV, V, VI, Dissidia and World of Final Fantasy are all 50% off.

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Posted (edited)

Damn, now I have to decide, Devil May Cry 5 or Final Fantasy..

Edit: It's going to be DMC. There will eventually be another FF sale and right now I just don't need the games.

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