In a not so unexpected turn of events, Sony has announced that they will be bowing out of the handheld market in 2019. In an interview with Famitsu, a Japanese magazine, Sony Interactive Entertainment senior vice president Hiroyuki Oda stated:
In Japan, we will manufacture PlayStation Vita until 2019. From there, shipping will end…Currently, we do not have any plans regarding a new handheld device.
This was further backed up by a Sony representative when speaking to Business Insider that Playstation will no longer compete with Nintendo in the handheld market.
Sony handhelds have found a decent amount of success through the years but nothing compared to the overall success of Nintendo handhelds.
With the introduction of the Switch last year and the runaway success it has seen since launch, it was only a matter of time before Sony decided to leave the market altogether.
What is really intriguing is that Sony has a history of taking Nintendo’s successes and putting their own spin on it. Is this move a temporary one or will we be seeing a home console/portable hybrid from Sony (or even Microsoft) in the future? Portability is the way of the future if other technology is to be any indication.
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SourceCode, aka Lucas Hughes, is the creator/owner of Nintendo Playroom. He spends his days primarily as a husband/father/programmer/gamer. He loves all things Nintendo and is very passionate about the Nintendo community.