Sony has revealed plans to finally discontinue production for their PSP handheld device in Japan, at least by the of June. The company already stopped shipping PlayStation Portables to North America back in January, and Europe will be getting the same treatment later this year.
With the PSP finally meeting its end, Sony can instead focus on their new Vita handheld. To help ease their Japanese fans through the transition, discounts on the Vita and downloads will be made available, though we're currently unaware if these same deals will be extended to overseas PSP owners.
The PSP handheld debuted way back in 2004, and the last Sony really bothered releasing any numbers attached to the device was two years ago, when they revealed that 76 million had been sold to date.
While the PS Vita certainly hasn't taken off, focusing on the one device might produce more positive results, rather than having a split initiative. Either way, this year will be the end for the PlayStation Portable.