Now it seems that the company has cut the cord, with producing concluding by the end of the fiscal year 2018.
This is according to a message obtained by Kotaku and confirmed by a Sony representative. The note added that developers should submit their product code requests by June 28, 2018, and that they'll need to submit their final product orders by February 15, 2019. However, the portable console will continue to receive content and will remain active in this area, so there is still some time left for it to be discontinued.
PS Vita launched in 2012 and initially received strong support from Sony and first-party developers, though things quickly dried up. It was to be the most advanced handheld console ever designed with substantial blockbuster titles such as Uncharted Golden Abyss, Resistance: Burning Skies, and Killzone: Mercenary.
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However, without physical games, it is hard to drown out the PlayStation Vita end-of-life chants.
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. However, support waned after a few years and a number of games were just downright poor such as the Vita Call of Duty, and everyone's still waiting for Vita Bioshock. This marks the beginning of the end of a long and slow death for Sony beleaguered portable. On top of that, Sony's decision to release a personalized memory card with a hefty price tag made the system much more expensive than it originally was.