The Vita is… dying. The console with the cult following is officially showing signs of being on its last legs in the eyes of Sony.
In 2010 Sony founded PlayStation’s Instant Game Collection, a new benefit to the PlayStation Plus service providing players with free games every month. At the service’s launch, each month users would receive titles playable on PS3, PSP, Vita, and PS TV platforms. Today, Sony has announced that starting with the Instant Game Collection lineup of March 08, 2018, the PS3 and Vita will no longer be supported.
Since the announcement a Sony representative has confirmed with Polygon that the exclusion of the platforms won’t mean more free games for the PS4. Rather, the service will be reverting from 6 free games a month to a mere two games, a number which has been maintained since the launch of the PS4 in November 2013.
For fans worried if the discontinuation would affect their current PlayStation Plus titles, James Hallahan (Product Marketing Manager) addressed this on the PlayStation Blog:
“This won’t affect any games you’ve already downloaded or will download, prior to March 8, 2019. Those games will still be part of your PS Plus games library as long as you remain a member. Your game saves and other benefits of PS Plus will also remain the same – the only change is that no new PS3 and PS Vita games will be added to the PS Plus monthly games lineup beyond March 8, 2019.”
How do you feel about the exclusion of PS3 and Vita games from the service? Personally, I would love to see PlayStation fill in the gap with PSVR titles. As the PSVR catalog becomes ever more bountiful, along with the recent price drop, this could be a great opportunity to pull in new fans.