Things don’t seem to be getting any better for the Vita, with Sony announcing that first-party development for the handheld has ceased. Sony Computer Entertainment’s Masayasu Ito confirmed in an interview with 4Gamers that the focus of first-party development with shift to the fresh, and notably more popular PlayStation 4.
Ito went on to state that the key demographic has shifted towards a younger audience,citing the popularity of Minecraft: PS Vita Edition as a prime example. This younger audience will become the core focus of Vita software development, which will be carried on predominantly by third-party companies and supported by new ranges of Vita hardware releases.
This is yet another harsh blow for the already struggling Sony handheld. A lack of first-party support will leave a rather significant hole in the library, but adequate third-party support can go a long way to bridging that gap.