After nearly 7 years in the market, Sony's ill-fated portable console, PlayStation Vita, continues to slowly advance toward what will be the end of its cycle and a few moments ago important information was revealed that has to do with its games in the physical edition.
According to a message sent to developers that was obtained by Kotaku, Sony's American and European branches "plan to end all Vita GameCard production by close of fiscal year 2018". The latter deadline comes one month before the end of Sony's 2018 fiscal year, which ends on March 31, 2019. The game will even be cross buy compatible, so if you've already got Stardew Valley on your PS4 you just have to log in to the PlayStation Store and download it to your Vita. What do you think about the decision of Sony? Sadly though, like the early support from first-party developers and Sony, sales for the PS Vita declined in the second week by as much as 78% in Japan, while U.S. monthly sales fell to between 30,000 and 50,000.
Of course, that doesn't include India where the PS Vita hasn't gotten new units officially since mid-2015, and new games haven't released in two years. Stardew Valley is set to launch on the Vita on May 22, though after that Persona 5: Dancing Night and Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night are the only relatively major releases for the handheld. The portable console is definitely on its way out, but Sony is apparently killing off the PS Vita slowly. Fans have complained all these years about the expensive memory cards and we hope after Sony is finally done with Vita, its time to make memory cards cheap to make the owners of the handheld console happy.