PS Vita’s Messages app has officially shutdown today, as per a prior announcement by Sony. It means you can no longer communicate with your friends or potentially even invite them to online games. Furthermore, any historic messages you may have had saved on your system will be wiped from the format itself – although you’ll still be able to access them through a PS5, PS4, or smartphone.
This is all part of a wider plan from PlayStation to effectively phase out the legacy device. The company will cease accepting submissions from developers imminently, so the last batch of new releases are due within the next month or so. Fortunately, the firm reversed plans to close the PS Store on the platform, so you’ll still be able to purchase and download digital games for the foreseeable future.