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Do people still make PS Vita games?

No, the production of new PS Vita games ended in 2021. Sony has moved on from their portable gaming efforts to focus just on the PlayStation console ecosystem. But that doesn‘t mean Vita gaming is dead yet!

The Rise and Fall of PS Vita Game Development

The PlayStation Vita launched in 2011 to great fanfare, touting console-quality graphics on a sleek handheld system. While over 1,700 games were released for the platform, lower than expected sales led Sony to begin winding down Vita production in 2014.

Despite this, some developers persisted in supporting the Vita with new game releases up until 2021. Titles like Persona 4 Golden brought fresh life to the Vita long after Sony abandoned it. But all good things must come to an end – the last brand new Vita game, 7 Years From Now, launched on July 20, 2021 before the PlayStation Store was closed.

Key Stats on Vita Game Production:

  • Total Vita Games Released: 1,743
  • Last New Vita Game Release: July 20, 2021
  • Years Active: 2011 – 2021 (10 years)
  • Best Selling Vita Game: Uncharted: Golden Abyss – 1.2 million units

So while the dedicated Vita fan community is still going strong, no new games are in development for the platform. Your only options now are buying used physical copies or digital titles still on the PlayStation Store.

The PlayStation Store – Your Only Vita Shop

With Sony ceasing production of Vita game cards in 2019, the PlayStation Store remains the sole place to get your hands on new Vita games. Well, new as in newly purchased – you won‘t actually find any recent releases. But the Store still sells all compatible digital Vita titles, currently around 1,500 available games.

Stocking up on Vita titles while you still can is recommended. As we’ve seen with past consoles, Sony will not keep the Vita’s PlayStation Store open indefinitely. No final shutdown date has been announced, but smart Vita fans are downloading their wishlists now before it’s too late.

Essential Vita Games to Buy Digitally

  • Persona 4 Golden
  • Dragon’s Crown
  • Tearaway
  • Shovel Knight
  • Killzone Mercenary

Hunting Down Physical Vita Game Cartridges

If digital isn‘t your thing, you can still get your hands on physical Vita games. Online stores like eBay and Amazon are great resources, just be ready to pay a premium for rare titles. Your local retro gaming store may also have some Vita stock hidden away.

The downside is games will only become more scarce and expensive as time goes on. Print runs were already small for the unpopular Vita. Tracking down specific titles now requires dedication and luck. But discovering long lost Vita gems can be supremely rewarding for serious collectors.

Rarest & Most Valuable Vita Cartridges

  • Corpse Party: Blood Drive – Evermore Edition ($300+)
  • Ragnarok Odyssey Mercenaries ($150+)
  • Ar nosurge Plus: Ode to an Unborn Star Limited Edition ($140+)
  • Touch My Katamari Limited Edition ($130+)

Will Sony Release a Vita Successor?

Don‘t hold your breath for a PS Vita 2. While the Vita enjoyed an extremely passionate fanbase, it was a commercial failure selling only around 15 million units lifetime. Losing Sony a lot of money on their investment. After that brutal market reaction, they appear very hesitant to dive back into portable gaming.

In a 2019 interview, Sony‘s John Kodera explained portable gaming was not in their plans, crushing Vita fans‘ hopes. They seem content to just dominate the console space with PlayStation while users play mobile games on smartphones.

Of course, never say never. The Nintendo Switch has shown dedicated handheld gaming still has an audience. If Sony ever has a change of heart, the Vita 2 could be an exciting prospect. But with the PS5 selling so strongly, don‘t expect their attention to shift anytime soon. We‘ll just have to keep loving the OLED beauty they did give us!

The Vita‘s Impressive Legacy

Despite its short life, the Vita established a fantastic library of games spanning all genres. For those willing to dive into its myriad Japanese RPGs, visual novels, and indie adventures, it is a real hidden gem.

Technically, it blew away every other handheld. The 5-inch OLED screen was gorgeous, putting Nintendo‘s displays to shame. It had a quad-core ARM CPU, quad-core PowerVR GPU, and 512MB of RAM – beastly for a 2012 portable. Vita games approached PS3 level visuals, an incredible achievement.

Add in the touchpads, gyroscope controls and multimedia features, and you can understand why fans are so attached to the Vita. It was the ultimate PlayStation portable that was gone too soon. We can only reminisce and enjoy what remain of its sterling game catalogue.

For Vita lovers, the disappointing end of new game production is unfortunate. But with diligent hunting, you can build an amazing Vita collection that will provide years of quality handheld gaming. Long live the Vita!