PlayStation TV shipments suspended in Japan, a sign of things to come?

By Shawn Knight
Feb 29, 2016
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  1. Sony may be preparing to put its PlayStation TV microconsole out to pasture. The device, known as the PlayStation Vita TV in other parts of the world, has been labeled "End of Shipments" on its official product page in Japan. As DualShockers points out, this signifies that the console as well as the "Value Pack" is being discontinued in the Land of the Rising Sun.

    Recent numbers from analytics firm Media Create note that as of January 3, just over 185,000 units have been sold in Japan since its launch on November 14, 2013. The microconsole arrived in the US, Canada and European markets nearly a year later but seemingly hasn't made much of an impact.

    Sony's PlayStation TV debuted in the states priced at $99 but can currently be had for less than $50 on Amazon while the DualShock 3 Bundle is priced at just $78.

    Masayasu Ito, Sony's senior vice president, said last October that first-party studios have no titles in development for the Vita as they're all focusing their attention on the PlayStation 4.

    If you're reading this from Japan and are still interested in a PS Vita TV, you'd better act quickly. Although they are no longer shipping, it'll at least take a little bit of time for existing stock to completely dry up. It's unclear if the discontinuation in Japan is an omen for other regions but the writing seems to be on the wall if you ask me.

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  2. jauffins

    jauffins TS Enthusiast Posts: 85   +24

    I love my Vita - it's the perfect way, IMO, to play PS One classics. The small screen helps make up for the ugly imagery for which many first-gen 3D games are known.
  3. Technician

    Technician TS Addict Posts: 677   +113

    Good riddance. : )
  4. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,327   +1,930

    Oh? I never even knew such a product or service even existed from Sony. I'm distressed to hear it. ;)

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