Sony will soon stop making physical cartridges for the PlayStation Vita

Sony PlayStation Vita Slim review front screen angle

The PlayStation Vita has never been a smashing success for Sony, with low sales numbers eventually leading the company to stop developing first-party titles for the system. Independent developers and third-party studios have continued supporting the underrated handheld, but if you want to buy a new game for the Vita, you’ll soon have to do so via download.

Kotaku reported that Sony is planning to end production of all physical PlayStation Vita games by March 31, 2019, and the site was told by a Sony spokesperson that all product code requests need to be submitted by June 28, 2018. The decision won’t affect the sale of digital games on the device, which often make more sense given its portable nature.

Sony moved away from physical games for the Vita long before this move was made, however. MLB 15: The Show — the last game in the series to make it to the Vita — was only released as a digital download for the system. Despite this, the game still got a “boxed” release in stores — it just contained a voucher for the digital version instead of a game card.

This doesn’t mean you should put your Vita in storage just yet, however. Stardew Valley — available on just about everything but a Texas Instruments calculator — comes to the system May 22, and it’s the perfect game to take with you during a commute on a bus or train. Dragon’s Crown studio Vanillaware is also planning to release its next game, 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim, on both the Vita and PlayStation 4.

Despite the lack of first-party support for the Vita in recent years, there are a still a number of great games you can purchase for it. Launch title Uncharted: Golden Abyss is a worthy, if somewhat gimmicky, entry in the series, and Killzone: Mercenary‘s multiplayer servers are still active. Despite the handheld control scheme, the game manages to translate console-level first-person shooter gameplay to the smaller system quite faithfully, and its campaign is made up of short missions you can complete when you just have a few free moments.

If you don’t have a Vita, you can still try out a few of its “exclusives” ported to the PlayStation 4, including Tearaway and Gravity Rush. Dragon’s Crown, previously only on the PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 3, is also now on the PlayStation 4 as Dragon’s Crown Pro.

Product Review

With the RX100 VI, Sony proves it still makes the best point-and-shoot camera

The sixth generation of Sony's powerful but compact RX100 camera delivers more zoom, incredible speed, robust 4K video, and still fits in the palm of your hand.
Gaming

How to sync and troubleshoot your PS4's DualShock 4 controllers

Sony's Bluetooth-enabled DualShock 4 controllers for PlayStation 4 are some of the best on the market, but connection issues aren't unheard of. Here's how to sync them to your console.
Computing

Is AMD's Navi back on track for 2019? Here's everything you need to know

AMD's Navi graphics cards could be available as soon as July 2019 — as long as it's not delayed by stock problems. Billed as a successor to Polaris, Navi promises to deliver better performance to consoles, like Sony's PlayStation 5.
Gaming

Here’s everything we know about the zombie-infested, survival horror Days Gone

Days Gone, the first PS4 title from Sony's Bend Studio, looks to offer a different type of zombie game. Here's everything we know about the forthcoming title, from the setting to its gameplay.
Gaming

Battle royale-style Tetris 99 is the first Nintendo Switch Online-exclusive game

If you want to play online multiplayer on Switch, you'll need a Nintendo Switch Online subscription. Here's what you need to know about Nintendo Switch Online, from price to features to the awesome library of NES games.
Gaming

The best PUBG weapons to win you that coveted chicken dinner

Which weapons in PUBG are worth the time to scout out and fit with attachments? Which are going to help you become the last player standing? We've got the answers you need in our best PUBG weapons guide.
Computing

Metro Exodus update brings DLSS improvements to Nvidia RTX 20-series PCs

Having issues in Metro Exodus? A February 21 update for the title recently delivered enhancements to Nvidia’s deep learning supersampling feature and other fixes for low-specced PCs. 
Gaming

Here's where Xur is and what he has for wares this week in Destiny 2: Forsaken

The weekly vendor in Destiny 2: Forsaken always brings Exotic weapons and armor, some of the toughest loot to find in the game. Here's everything you need to know to track down Xur: Where he is, when he shows up, and what he's stocking.
Gaming

Want to play as Iron Man or Waluigi in GTA V? Our favorite mods make it possible

Grand Theft Auto V is best on the PC for many reasons, and modifications may be the most important. You can cause riots, spawn unique cars, and play as a cop with just a few extra files.
Deals

Walmart slices prices on PS4 DualShock 4 controllers just in time for Anthem

The standard black PS4 controller is what usually comes with the console itself, but if you want to add something a bit more customized your gaming experience, Walmart is offering a wide variety of colorful DualShock 4 controllers at…
Gaming

How you can give your PS4 a fresh start with a factory reset

Learn the many ways you can factory reset your PS4. From reverting your settings to factory to doing a full wipe and reinstalling the latest PlayStation firmware, we cover it all here, step by step.
Gaming

Here's everything you need to know to trade with friends in Pokémon Go

After literally years of waiting, Pokémon Go finally gives trainers the option to trade Pokémon with others. It's not easy, though, and the cost is quite high if you try trading with strangers.
Gaming

Here's what you need to know about World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth

World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth is the latest expansion for the now 14-year-old MMORPG. It goes back to the roots of the Alliance vs. Horde conflict. Here's what you need to know.
Gaming

Having issues with your PS4? Check out our solutions to its most common problems

Just because the PlayStation 4 is a remarkable system doesn't mean that it's immune to the occasional hiccup. Thankfully, we've vetted some of the bigger PS4 problems and found solutions for whatever might ail you.