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PlayStation TV shipments end in Japan (Update)

A sign of things for the west?

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Owen S. Good is a longtime veteran of video games writing, well known for his coverage of sports and racing games.

The PlayStation TV, Sony's microconsole alternative that launched in Japan in 2013, may be coming to an end. Its official product listing in Japan now notes that its shipments are done.

PlayStation TV still is for sale, in some cases in limited supply, from major online retailers in the west, but the console launched here a year after it did in Japan. PlayStation TV was, basically, a non-handheld PlayStation Vita plugged into a television, controlled with a standard DualShock gamepad.

The unit didn't catch on in North America and price drops were almost immediate. Best Buy knocked it down to roughly $20 during last year's holiday sales, and Amazon currently has it listed for $43.95; MSRP is $79.99.

Sony's PS Vita segment has received decreasing amounts of attention over the past year and a half. In October, a Sony executive told a Japanese publication that Sony itself had no titles in development for the handheld. That includes MLB The Show 16, which launches March 29 and will be the first edition of Sony's baseball series to not publish on a handheld. Game save files from MLB The Show 16 are not compatible with older versions on the PlayStation Vita.

Polygon has reached out to Sony for a comment about its plans for PlayStation TV in the west.

Update: A Sony Computer Entertainment America representative has responded to point out that shipments of PlayStation TV ended in Europe and North America at the end of 2015. While this latest development concerns Japan, SCEA says shipments continue elsewhere in Asia. "We have nothing to announce regarding the timing of the termination," the rep added.

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