Sony’s handheld gaming device is dead, and it likely won’t return.
Sony Interactive Entertainment’s Senior Vice President, Hiroyuki Oda, revealed at the 2018 Tokyo Game Show that 2019 is the final year for the PlayStation Vita.
Speaking with Famitsu, Oda also said there are no current plans to develop a successor:
The PlayStation Vita debuted in Japan during December 2011 and released in the west the following February. By 2013, sales had dropped to a mere fraction of Nintendo 3DS sales.
Despite ceasing production of the handheld and its games, Sony has no current plans to stop selling digital titles released for it, which is to say those who own a Vita system can still acquire games off the PS Store.
A moment of silence for the PlayStation Vita…
New PlayStation Store Refund Policy Lets You Get Refunds Within 14 Days
Sony has updated its PlayStation Store refund policy.
Players that purchase digital content on the PlayStation Store now benefit from a 14-day refund policy that allows them to get their money back under certain conditions.
The 14-day refund applies to purchases of full games and add-ons (DLC) that you haven’t started to download, install or stream. If the content is “faulty”, as Sony puts it, you ‘may’ get a refund after downloading or installing it about are not guaranteed one.
In the same way, pre-order games can be refunded anytime before the official release date and for up to 14 days following the release date — assuming the content wasn’t downloaded or installed, that is.
PlayStation Plus, PlayStation Now, and Spotify Premium and other subscription services can be cancelled within the 14-day trial period. After that, Sony will deduct a certain amount of the subscription fee based on how much the service was used.
Unfortunately, changes to your PSN name are not refundable.
Unlike Steam, Xbox Live and other digital media store, the PlayStation Store’s refund policy is not automated and requires you to contact support to request a refund. Regardless of the payment method used, the refund gets added to your PlayStation wallet balance.
Manga-Based Berserk Musou Announced for PS4, PS3, PS Vita, and PC
Koei Tecmo and Omega Force have announced a video game adaption of Berserk, a dark fantasy manga series popular in Japan.
It will be released for PlayStation 4, PS Vita, and PC in North America and Europe, and PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PS Vita in Japan. There will be nothing for the Xbox One, unfortunately…
Watch the announcement trailer…
The PS Vita is Not Dead Yet, Sony Expresses Support
If Sony’s previous announcement that they will no longer make games for the PS Vita has you worried about the fate of the handheld system, the tech giant claims it’s not dead yet and still has a place in the PlayStation ecosystem.
The PS Vita never proved as popular as Sony hoped and came nowhere close to matching sales of the Nintendo DS and 3DS, but it will always have some sort of purpose for PS4 gamers. While it’s time of significance is likely over, the company will continue to support it in the foreseeable future, but just not in a way that will boost sales.
In an interview with Game Industry, SCE Worldwide Studios VP Michael Denny provided some insight into the Vita’s current standing, stating:
“PlayStation Vita is still a fantastic handheld gaming device, and I think the people who have it still continue to use it and talk about it. There’s a great catalogue of AAA games out there for Vita already and there’s going to be new indie and creative titles coming through for Vita as well. Plus, with remote play, there’s still a place for Vita in the PlayStation ecosystem.”
Remote Play is one of the PS Vita’s most innovative features and makes it more compelling for those who own one. Unfortunately, it isn’t complimented by a lineup of new AAA games, and nothing big and exciting seems to be on the horizon.
As things stand, with Sony no longer making game for its own handheld device, whether anyone buys the PS Vita will depend on how many quality third-party game it will get. Sadly, there seems to be nothing exciting on the way.
Do you own a PS Vita? If so, do you regret buying it? Let us know in the comments below.
Sony Stops Making Games for PS Vita, No More First-Party Titles
Sony has confirmed that it has stopped making games for the PS Vita, meaning that the portable gaming system will no longer get any first-party tiles. It’s a move most saw coming from a mile away.
While the PS Vita has struggling to gain a foothold in lucrative North America and Europe, it’s somewhat successful in its home market of Japan. Even so, Sony Computer Entertainment Senior Vice President Masayasu Ito revealed to the guys at 4Gamer that the platform will from now on rely on third-party. He stated:
“Currently, first-party studios have no titles in development for PS Vita. Since third-parties are working very hard on PS Vita, SCE’s own strategy is to focus on PS4, which is a new platform.”
Nintendo reigns supreme with the DS and 3DS…
Considering the surprising sales success of the PS4 over the Xbox One, it’s no surprise that struggling Sony is giving the PS4 much more love than the poorly-performing Vita as it solidifies its position in the gaming sector. Fortunately, third party developers will still keep the games coming, meaning the Vita isn’t quite dead yet.
Are you a fan of the PS Vita? Do you think there is hope for Sony’s handheld system? Let us know in the comments below.
Will this be the Attack on Titan Game Fans Have Always Wanted?
Despite being one of the most popular anime and manga series currently out, Attack on Titan — like Superman — has surprisingly failed miserably in the video game arena. However, that could soon change with Koei Tecmo’s tentatively-named ‘Attack on Titan’ game.
Koei Tecmo are the makers of such classics as Dynasty Warriors, Ninja Gaiden, and Dead or Alive series, so they know a thing or two about making fun video games.
Judging by its reveal trailer, their Attack on Titan game will be completely based on the manga / anime. That is, it is set in a world where humans live in a walled city surrounded by an unsafe wildernesses inhabited by Titans, massive human-like creatures that will eat or kill any human they come across.
You play as a vengeful Eren Yeager, who after witnessing the death of his mother at the hands of the Smiling Titan, vowed to wipe out all Titans. You will be helped by your friends and fellow members of the Titan-killing Scout regiment.
While no gameplay was shown in the trailer, Koei Tecmo says Attack on Titan will not be a “Warriors game” but rather an action game, indicating that it might feature the large, heavily-populated battlegrounds found in games like Dynasty Warriors but with a distinct twist.
What do you want to see in the Attack on Titan game when it releases in 2016 for the PS3, PS4, and PS Vita? Let us know in the comments below.
Minecraft Update Adds Greek Mythology Mash-Up, New Items and Bug Fixes
The latest Minecraft update is a doozy, adding a Greek Mythology Mash-Up Pack, some impressive new items and number of bug fixes that are unique to each version of the game.
Revealed at Minecon 2015, the Greek Mythology Mash-Up Pack gives Minecraft players new tools to bring to life ancient Greece, including its gods, monsters and grand cities. There is a free trial for you to try out and purchasing the DLC package lets you unlock all its features.
The Minecraft mash-up packs have traditionally been based around other games, such as Halo, Mass Effect and Skyrim, as well as key holidays or events like Halloween. The Greek Mythology Mash-Up Pack is a great addition to a game that literally lets you build worlds in your image.
Mash-ups aside, the Minecraft update added new items to Minecraft’s Creative Mode, such as Acacia Wood and Dark Oak Wood, as well as many derivations of those items. The game should also have fewer issues, thanks to multiple bug fixes across all platforms.
To see what fixes you got, just click on the console you play Minecraft on: Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, and PS Vita.