Sony stopping shipments of PlayStation Vita in the Netherlands

Although the Vita is still for sale in some European countries, Netherlands is fresh out, and won't be restocked anytime soon.

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Sony's PlayStation Vita handheld is nearing the end of its long, bumpy road. According to reports from users on NeoGAF, retail stores in the Netherlands are no longer selling Vita, and likely won't be for the foreseeable future.

NeoGAF user Caayn came across the news in an article on Dutch site Tweakers. "Several stores in the Netherlands have been asked about the PS Vita, as a response to the low amount of units available lately," wrote Caayn in a GAF thread. "They all responded that the PS Vita isn't in stock and won't be in stock anytime soon."

Earlier today, Bol.com, one of the largest online retailers in the Netherlands, only had two Vitas still in stock.

Editors from Tweakers reached out to Sony, but were given a boilerplate "nothing to report" in response.

It's unclear whether this news is one of the final nails in the Vita's coffin, or if there's another reason why the Vita is no longer for sale in the Netherlands. For what it's worth, the handheld can still be found for sale in other European countries such as Germany and France.

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    April 13, 2016 3:00 PM

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      April 13, 2016 3:06 PM

      RIP in peace sweet prince

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      April 13, 2016 3:07 PM

      I love my vita so much, I hate that it's a failure :(

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      April 13, 2016 3:08 PM

      Sucks so much. It was a great system, but Sony never gave it a chance. It's like they released it then pretended it didn't exist.

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        April 13, 2016 3:20 PM

        because there's not a market there. Name a high end, premium priced gaming handheld that's succeeded. Name a gaming handheld made by someone other than Nintendo that's succeeded.

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          April 13, 2016 3:27 PM

          N-Gage

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            April 13, 2016 4:01 PM

            If phones count, I wouldn't have picked that one :/

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              April 13, 2016 4:07 PM

              It was between that and the Gizmondo

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                April 13, 2016 6:41 PM

                Modern smartphones are far more successful. The iPhone seem like the best choice here.

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          April 13, 2016 4:16 PM

          Why can't we cite the market leader to prove there's a market? And Sony didn’t kill the Vita, Nintendo did, when the took Monster Hunter from them. Monster Hunter was the only thing that kept the PSP alive and could have saved the Vita.

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            April 13, 2016 4:34 PM

            because they're different markets. There is no premium handheld gaming market. There wasn't before and there certainly isn't one now with ubiquitous smartphones. Sony went after a price point above Nintendo repeatedly, trying to court home console players with a portable machine that tried to approximate their home console experience and price. Throughout the divisions life they continued to target the upper end of the market and failed to stick, from PSP revisions (namely the Go) through the Vita. No one else was successful targeting this market either, including Nintendo. Even the 3DS couldn't succeed at $250, requiring a near immediate drop back into the affordable/budget territory of $170.

            Monster Hunter was not the difference between that product line living and dying. There's simply no market for $250-300 handhelds and $40 games, especially in the modern era.

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              April 13, 2016 6:48 PM

              I think it's also worth mentioning that Nintendo's 3DS remains far less successful than the DS in terms of hardware sales. I think there's just less interest in that space from consumers in general. I still hold that the first one to cram good controls onto a good smartphone will be way ahead of the game.

              It becomes the phone to buy if you like to play games. Sony with it's back catalog has the best chance.

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