A few days ago, Sony announced that it was removing PS3 and PlayStation Vita games from the PlayStation Plus Instant Game Collection line-up from March 2019. Any games you’ve previously activated during your subscription will remain playable and download-able, but there won’t be anything after this.
So what does this actually mean?
Well the first thing it means is that the PlayStation Vita is officially dead (queue Vita means life pun). Support for the system has been minimal over the past few years anyway, apart from a few JRPG games releasing, there hasn’t been a major game for the system in months. Even Persona 5 which was originally scheduled for the system was absent. However this announcement puts the final nail in the Vita’s coffin meaning Sony no longer cares about the system enough to try and push it via PlayStation Plus.
What this also means is that we most likely won’t see a new console/handheld/Switch-like system announcement until March 2019, which would tie up with what most analysts would agree as a mid-to-late 2019 announcement with a 2020 release date. 2020 makes sense for several reasons:
- PS4 was released in November 2013, releasing in November 2020 gives Sony a 7-year cycle similar to what the PS3 had.
- Several of Sony’s announced games have not yet released e.g. The Last of Us, Days Gone etc. There’s a chance that there may be other games may release in early 2020.
- The console is reportedly going to be a true 4K device, and as such, the later they release the console, the cheaper it will be to manufacture due to reduction in cost of parts. Most likely Sony will want to target a $399 price point for the basic SKU at the very least, so they need to time this carefully.