Sony Interactive Entertainment announced through the Ask PlayStation JP Twitter account that it will no longer accept new registrations for extending the PlayStation Vita warranty in Japan after March 31, 2021. [Thanks, Game Watch.]
PlayStation Vitas owners could apply for a warranty extension at 2,200 yen (~$20). The warranty would only cover the original console, its battery, USB cable, and electric charger. It would not include the memory card, SIM card, or the inner earphone set.
Unlike the Vita, Sony is still accepting warranty extensions for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 4 Pro and PlayStation 5 at 3,300 yen (~$30) and 4,400 yen (~$40), respectively. Registrations for these home consoles are available for the foreseeable future.
PlayStation console owners in Japan can apply to extend their console’s warranty within a year from the initial warranty period. The extended warranty allows for up to two console repairs. However, the warranty is voided if the console has been traded.
The PlayStation Vita, Sony’s second portable console after the PlayStation Portable, first launched in Japan in December 2011 with a worldwide release in 2012. The console’s production ended in March 2019. In recent moths, Sony has been gradually phasing out official support for the portable console. For example, it removed pre-PS4 games from the PlayStation Store in October 2020. People even reported difficulties accessing the Vita PlayStation Store in December 2020.