Are Sony preparing to dump the PS Vita?
While not as big a success as the PS4, the PS Vita still has a dedicated fanbase.
And those players still get access to a range of PS PS Plus games every month.
However, it appears things are changing fast for the Sony handheld.
According to new reports, the PlayStation Vita will cease manufacturing in 2018.
This follows the announcement made by the tech giant earlier this year, in which they revealed their plans to discontinue PS Vita games through the PlayStation Plus subscription service.
“Starting next year on March 8, 2019, the PS Plus monthly games lineup will focus on PS4 titles and no longer include PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita titles,” Sony posted.
“This won’t affect any games you’ve already downloaded, or will download, prior to March 8, 2019.
“Those games will still be part of your PS Plus games library as long as you remain a member.
“Your game saves and other benefits of PS Plus will also remain the same – the only change is that no new PS3 and PS Vita games will be added to the PS Plus monthly games lineup beyond March 8, 2019.”
“Many of our fans are playing on the PS4 platform, with the increasingly vast number of PS4s in homes around the world.”
With this in mind, it makes sense that Sony would be getting ready to dump the remaining support for the PS Vita this year.
According to a report on the Daily Star, the Vita is being discontinued in Spain, which could mean the beginning of the end for the handheld.
“It seems as though Spain is the first region to formally stop manufacturing the Vita; PlayStation in Spain recently confirmed in a reply on Twitter that the system has been officially discontinued in the country,” the Daily Star reveals.
“Whether that means other European countries will soon follow suit, or whether this is just an anomaly, remains to be seen.
“Still, it’s a sad state of affairs for a console that promised so much when it was first launched to be so quietly dropped by Sony.”
It should be noted that no major announcement has been made on the subject by Sony, who will continue offering PS Plus games for the Vita in 2018.
The content you have downloaded as part of your PlayStation Plus subscription at no charge is only accessible as long as you are an active subscriber.
The exceptions are free themes and avatars, which you will continue to have access to, even if you are no longer a subscriber.
Anything you have purchased (even if you purchased it at a discount) will remain available to you even if your subscription ends.
Also, different countries have different rights, release schedules and, have different things available in their PlayStation Store for this reason.
So this is why you may hear about different games being available in Asia, Europe and North America, when it comes to some PS Plus announcements.
The full PS Plus lineup of April games can be found below:
- Mad Max (PS4)
- Trackmania Turbo (PS4)
- In Space We Brawl (PS3)
- Toy Home (PS3)
- 99 VIDAS (PS Vita)
- Q*Bert Rebooted (PS3/PS4/PS Vita)