The PlayStation Vita is officially dead. Sony held the handheld’s funeral today in front of a small audience of straggling mourners, as it added a nondescript update to its Japanese website pronouncing that production of the platform has now ceased. We’d like to take this opportunity to hold a moment of silence in recognition of the console that could.
To be fair, the format’s had a decent run, surviving over seven years in its native Japan, where it performed reasonably well. Despite generally being well-liked, it endured a torrid time in Europe and North America, failing to captivate an increasingly smartphone obsessed market. A lack of software and high costs ultimately doomed the device, but it will generally be remembered as a likeable product that simply released at the wrong time.