At its Tokyo Game Show 2016 conference, Sony announced two new colours for the PS Vita.
Silver and Metallic Red join the likes of Aqua Blue, Neon Orange, and Glacier White in Japan. While Aqua Blue ended up making it stateside exclusively via GameStop, the others did not. The new Vita colours will be available for JPY 18,980 (around Rs. 12,400).
As for other regions, rumours of it being discontinued have been rumbling for awhile as quantities have been small to begin with. According to sources at retail here in India, Sony's last shipment of the PS Vita was almost a year ago.
(Also see: Sony Discontinues PlayStation Vita: Report)
"They brought in around 1,500 last year and nothing else," a game store owner told Gadgets 360. "It might not be end-of-life but it's not selling much anyway."
This should come as no surprise considering that local retail interest to the PS Vita has been tepid at best. The high price doesn't help either.
"The installed base is much smaller compared to any other console," said the erstwhile PlayStation India head Atindriya Bose in an interview with Gadgets 360 last year. "While it's nice to say it's a handheld console, it strikes the price point of the PS3, so which one should you have between the two?"
Sony itself has stopped making games for the PS Vita, preferring to focus on third-party successes like Minecraft and getting indie games onto the platform.