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PlayStation Vita rumored to be on its way out

The Vita was revised in 2013 and the OLED screen was replaced with an LCD screen. (Source: Sony)
The Vita was revised in 2013 and the OLED screen was replaced with an LCD screen. (Source: Sony)
British tabloid newspaper The Daily Star has reported that Sony may be planning to discontinue the PlayStation Vita handheld game console, possibly this year. The device was launched in 2011, and although it’s believed it has sold 10 to 15 million units, it just hasn’t managed to keep up with the fierce competition from Nintendo.

Sony released the PlayStation Vita in 2011 in Japan and in 2012 in North America. The device featured a quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore, 512 MB RAM and 128 MB VRAM, graphics powered by a quad-core PowerVR SGX543MP4+, and it sported a 5-inch OLED screen (PCH-1000 model). The console was quite a beast, and analysts believe it sold anywhere between 10 and 15 million units. But it appears Sony has called time on the device and may be killing it off.

The Daily Star has reported that PlayStation España has already announced the console’s demise, stating on its Twitter account that the PS Vita had been discontinued. This could be just a one-off situation for that particular region, but it is also possible that the Japanese conglomerate is preparing to wind down production of the device. The Vita has become something of a niche product in recent years, appealing to gamers who aren’t fans of Nintendo’s products. But with the Nintendo Switch managing to sell over 14.86 million units in less than a year, it’s easy to believe Sony would finally lay its aging handheld console to rest.


The Daily Star


Twitter (PlayStation España )

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Daniel R Deakin, 2018-04-17 (Update: 2020-09-30)