Sony to Stop Producing Physical PS Vita Game Cards in Americas, Europe by 2019
posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Sony Interactive Entertainment recently confirmed with the website Game*Spark that production of PlayStation Vita game cards will end in the Americas and Europe by March 2019. The production of physical game cards will continue in Japan, and digital game distribution will continue in all regions. When asked if production of the PS Vita system itself will continue, the company's representative said, "we plan to continue marketing activities at this time."
Sony reportedly told developers that the company's American and European branches “plan to end all Vita GameCard production by close of fiscal year 2018," which will end on March 31, 2019. The announcement, obtained by the website Kotaku, also requested that all product code requests be submitted by June 28, 2018 and that final purchase orders be submitted by February 15, 2019.
The PS Vita handheld system launched in Japan on December 17, 2011. The system launched in Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, North and Latin America, Europe and PAL territories, and Singapore by February 22, 2012. The system had sold more than 1.2 million units worldwide as of February 26, 2012.