The PSVita was not a well-received console during its initial release back in 2012. The high cost of creating games for the system kept many 3rd party developers away for a long time, and the lack of games kept buyers at bay. Over the years though, the PSVita has received a kind of cult following by those who are interested in more niche anime related JRPGs and visual novels, as well as a plethora of indie games.
Not all is lost though. It is a major blow to us who love to have physical media in our collections, but Sony has stated that games will still be available for purchase through the PlayStation Store. This does leave one issue for Vita owners though and that is Sony’s propensity to have exclusive shaped memory cards and (with the PSVita 1000 model) charging cable. This wouldn’t be an issue if these necessities were priced properly. The charging cable was fixed with the second model of the system being turned into a universal microusb charging port, but the memory card it still an issue. Perhaps even more so with the only option available from now on will be digital games.
A typical 32GB memory card costs around $20, but the same capacity memory stick for the Vita can cost closer to $60. If Sony has any sense, they will lower the cost of these memory sticks to compensate for the higher need for space when games are only available digitally. This is very unlikely though, yet it is an incentive for third party companies to create better cheaper alternatives.
There is no need to panic immediately because there is still some time left before this plan goes into effect. Sony has posted a deadline of June 28th to all companies developing games to put in requests for the system and all physical games will stop being produced in March 2019.
Who out there is saddened by the beginning of the end for this system? What games are you hoping to be released before production stops completely?