• Brandon Glover

The life and death of the PS VITA

In 2011, Sony released a successor to the PSP, along with the PS3, the PS VITA. The PS VITA was a touch-screen portable system able to run games on par with the PS3. The VITA also got a lot of the PS3’s games like “Little Big Planet,” “Borderlands,” and “Project DIVA,” but the system still didn’t seem to fare well. The system got even less attention in 2013 with the release of the PS4, and ever since the release of the Nintendo Switch in 2017, the system started to get fewer games released for it.

Even though the PS VITA wasn’t nearly as popular as the PSP, Sony tried to increase its life span. Along with the VITA, Sony released the Playstation TV, a little system that could play certain VITA games on owners' TVs with a PS3 controller. The PS TV had support for games like “Persona 4 Golden” and “Final Fantasy X and X-2.” The PS TV did even worse than the VITA. They stopped making the PS TV in 2017.

According to Gamezone “Sony announced the official end date for PlayStation Plus support for both PS Vita and PS3…support for both the PS3 and PS Vita will come to an end on 8 March 2019. From that date, only PS4 will be included in the service.” The VITA and PS3 are both dying consoles, and Sony knows it.

The VITA was home to many great games, from many great series. Playstation expected it to be popular, just like the PSP. In fact, it even had the same concept. According to Playstation’s official website, the VITA was “the greatness of PlayStation® on the go.” However, that greatness never picked up; in fact, most people don't even know the PS VITA exists. For eight years Sony tried to keep it going, and now they know it's time to let it go.