TVL to only be updated with reviews going forward.

What a journey. What started as a single person blog five years ago soon blossomed into something that I couldn’t do on my own. Almost 7500 posts, over 500 reviews, and many different contributors later – not to mention 26 different magazines – this has been an amazing experience. However, nothing can last forever, and it is with heavy heart that we must say goodbye to The Vita Lounge as a news outlet.

This has been a decision many months in the making. The Vita is an incredible machine, no question. It’s easily my most favoured system in over 25 years of playing games, but that doesn’t negate the dwindling support – which comes not just from developers and their games, but from you (the reader). We’ve been losing traffic for some time, struggling to find people to write the ever shrinking news, and skipped over for review codes regarding many of the great new releases that make it to the store. It’s safe to say that the support for the site to survive in its prime state is just not there anymore.

Now, it’s at this point that I want to remind everyone this is a fan site; nobody gets “paid” as such, and what little money the Google ads generate went back to paying the contributors a token amount for their time. I’ve not made any money out of TVL – and though it’s not why I did this, I certainly didn’t intend on losing money out of it either. Sinking around ยฃ1200 of my own money into sustaining this for five years was an act of love for the system and community, but now seems to be the time to reel it in.

I also want to reaffirm what I’ve said in the past regarding the wind-down of the website, and confirm that it will remain online indefinitely. Hosting has been maneuvered such that it will not cost us any additional money to keep the site up, which means we won’t have to shut down completely unless something drastically changes. It also means that the forum will stay online, and that we will continue to review games where we get codes. Many years from now people will get a Vita and realise what a fabulous device it was, and we hope we can still offer informative reviews long past the need to find them. We aim to.

I understand that this will disappoint many people, and I can only apologise for any frustration this could cause. I am not PlayStation or Sony however, and it’s not my responsibility to keep that fire of the Vita burning. I don’t get paid to do it, and I can’t continue to fund it at a far greater expense than I am prepared to subsidise for the return. For months we have asked for all forms of help, and it has not been forthcoming. The magazine wasn’t breaking even, which is why it stopped. The website was the next logical thing to cease.

To all of the game publishers and developers; your support has been incredible where we could find it, and really allowed this five year journey to reach as many people as it has. I cannot thank you enough for your generous contributions to this cause, and if you have a Vita title inbound we will still happily cover it for you in a review!

As for our readers, I want to thank each and every one of you that has enjoyed our content over the years. YOU are why we did this. I also want to thank the 50+ people that have written content for the site, from it’s inception with Jasper, Matt, and Jon – through Mike, Yuuki, and many more. Charlie, Brad, Adrian, Reece, Jenny, Kerry, Jessey, Marcus, Tyler, Zach, Timmy, Will and many more of you that have played your part in making this a success. None have helped keep it going more so than Kyle however, whose tireless efforts writing, editing, contributing, administrating, tweeting, and more have made this thing tick. It simply wouldn’t have worked without him. Whether short term or long term contributor however, everyone who had their hand in The Vita Lounge should feel proud – and I thank you for all the help you’ve offered.

For now though, this is where this Enterprise’s five year mission ends. There is a sequel of sorts however, if you feel so inclined to follow…

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Paul founded The Vita Lounge and is the Executive Editor, but still likes to get involved with the odd piece of news or a review. 35 years young and gaming since 1990, he has a preference for Action/RPG games, Shooters, Racing Games (despite ironically not being able to drive!) and quite partial to a game of FIFA.
  • Nic Colarossi

    Been Lurking for a while… Thanks for the site, I’ve loved reading all of the posts for the past few years

  • WillMerfi

    Thanks for hanging in there for as long as you did. We truly appreciate the commitment.

  • Will E Alsobrook

    Im sad to hear that, you guys were one of the only places I could really turn to to get a good review for most games, goin to be missed

  • alterku

    Saw the number of posts over the past year or so. I’ll miss the site.

  • Thanks Paul + company! I always figured the day would come when you would have to downsize your operations, and I don’t believe anybody has any right to hold anything against all of you. TVL has been the one PSVITA outlet that has consistently been there throughout the years, and you all deserve a pat on the back for sustaining the effort for as long as you have. I’ll try to visit the forums as often as I can, and I’m already checking out your next endeavor, expecting some big stories coming out of there. Thanks again TVL for all your coverage, it’s amazing how a gaming system with “no games” has kept you busy for all this time. Wishing you the best in all of your future endeavors!

    • The Vita having no games is why they dropped it for the Switch.

  • Kaetokiha

    Thanks guys. I’ve been following this since i got my Vita 3 years ago and it has always been such a great help for me.

    It’s sad to see the site go, but nothing stays up forever so i understand.

  • Darth Pablo

    Man, thats a bummer. Been visiting since I got my vita 3 years ago. Cheers for all the good times.

  • DCGX

    This is/was hands down the best Vita site. I’ll still come back for the reviews. Thanks Paul!

  • Almir Alves Pereira

    Thanks for everything you did for the Vita community! I am a bit sad it never took off, it is an amazing system ๐Ÿ™

  • Dean Love

    Thank you for hosting the site. Best wishes.

  • RodTeo

    Thank you guys for the amazing effort.

  • Romancer Ecclesia

    Thanks.

  • Martin

    I just want to say, this was the best Vita site I’ve ever used. I really really love the posts and reviews and all the stuff you guys wrote, and the magazines were fantastic too! Glad to see it’ll continue to remain and reviews will keep comin’, that’s reassuring to hear!

    • No point to do that as the Vita is dead.

  • Sagadego15

    hey! is it possible to have a part of the board to have a fan reviews for vita games?

  • Yoyitsu

    This has been my go-to site for everything Vita for many years and it’s sad to see it go in the news front. Thank you for everything, every contributor did a very good job and it brought joy to my heart seeing such love for an underappreciated little device. Here’s to our favorite handheld! ๐Ÿฅ‚

  • I’m so mad you have to throw in the towel but so grateful for the content you’ve provided over the years!

  • Nice one.

  • disqus_IHjwl1w1WM

    thanks for all you’ve done.

  • Jamie Drummond

    Great system, and probably my favourite of all time.

    Amazing job with the site… very much appreciated.

  • brooklynzak

    I will truly miss this site and everything you’ve poured into over the years. Thanks for all the great coverage and reviews and for keeping the faith in what really has turned out to be the greatest handheld system ever made. Yet.

    I’ve just gotten my Nintendo Playstation Vita 2 (codenamed “Switch” for some reason…) and am looking forward to continuing to follow your writing and our collective adventures in console-quality handheld gaming. To the future!

  • Lester Paredes

    Thanks for all you’ve done, Vita Lounge. Though, I am sad to see this news, I knew it was inevitable. Good luck on your future endeavors!

  • AndreasStalin

    Thanks for all the Vita love, what a great site this was (and still is!) I really enjoyed hanging out in the lounge.

  • javaper

    Sad news! I love this site since I found it a while back.

  • Uchiha_Itachi

    well tbh you did this too early. Its pretty obvious you did this to focus on the switch for more attention etc.

    but thanks for the good run at least

    • Pascal

      I think the timing is perfect on the other hand, the Vita is on its way out big time (even in Japan) and the Switch is a hot new device. There’s barely any news or games for the former, so I totally understand moving on

    • Makes sense as the Vita is dead while the switch is actually selling.

  • Astrus

    Thanks for providing great reviews and news for us for all these years.
    You folks will be missed, at least as far as Vita news go, I’ll still drop by for the reviews.

    With my prime source of Vita-related store and sale updates gone, is there another site anyone can recommend?
    As someone who “only” owns a Vita out of Sony’s current lineup picking apart the store updates from the official blog can be a pain and I really appreciated the easy to digest writeups on the Lounge.

  • BloodStainedKnight

    Well, this is sad, but it had to happen some time. Thanks for everything you’ve done so far. I enjoyed reading the posts and reviews.

  • Raul

    As sad as it is to read this post, I have to thank you all sincerely for the work you have done. You have been one of my main references to go to in order to get my loved Vita reviews. Farewell and best of luck in future endeavors. I will surely follow Switch Player.

  • himdeel

    Yep, late to the page but not to the Vita. This will continue to be a great site as I consider Vita games I’ve wanted to play. Thanks for the work you all put in.

  • Constraffe Vicariou

    Thanks so much for everything. Pretty much the only place I could rely on for good coverage. The Vita has been depressingly poorly supported by Sony, but you guys did a great job.

    As a Switch owner I look forward to following you into the future.

  • goias verde

    I am glad i found this site. I learned of it’s existence in a metal jesus video. Thank you for everything, i can say i learned a LOT from you. Good luck!

  • MPx3000

    Because of this site I learned of the existence of Axiom Verge.

    Enough said. Thanks for all the good work and good luck in future endeavors.

  • Lestat

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO ๐Ÿ™

  • EXE

    Paul, how about PS4 lounge instead? or Nintendo Switch lounge? Your team is great with news. I think you guys may want to move on to broader news scope. Maybe gaming in general? Gaming Lounge? ๐Ÿ™‚

    • We’ve got Switch Player going over at http://switchplayer.net/

      As for PS4 or Gaming Lounge, I don’t think those are in the cards. The former is too far into its life to allow us to break into the news scene easily (or thoroughly), and the latter is too broad – we like focused endeavors. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • cannedpete

    Great work everyone. This site has truly been an amazing experience to visit. Other people in the the video game media industry should take note of what was done here. You all showed what a little passion for your work can produce. We all loved the vita here. Too bad Sony didn’t. Vita Lounge kept the Vita flag flying beyond all reason and sanity. Not just reviews either. The news, what little there was could always be found here. You were a trusted source in a landscape that couldn’t wait to bury this piece of hardware before it even came out. To everyone involved: Thanks and best of luck in your future endeavors.

    • Thanks Pete, we’re really glad you saw it that way and were happy to deliver. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Christian Van Offeren

    Shame.. this was my to place for vita news.

  • Zoozbuh

    This is all completely understandable. Thanks for your hard work over the years! Glad the site is staying up too. Still play my Vita almost every day tbh, so it’s definitely not dead for me yet ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Do you plan to get a switch or a PC? As Vita is pretty much dead.

  • Chester Copertino Yap Dagus

    This is sad news… I’ve been so busy lately that I have not visited this site (and played with my vita) for some time… But I’ve been coming here for vita news for years now. Actually, TVL is the main site that I visit for vita related stuff. Great job to everyone and good luck in all your future endeavors.

  • Pilebunker

    I never really commented before but I’m still thankful for all you did here. Thank you for sticking around for so long.

  • This site is as dead as the Vita. HA!

  • For the last year, I’ve been pretty busy with college life and work, so I stopped visiting, but my Vita is pretty much alive, only starting to show battery problems. There are still many games I haven’t finished in it, so I’ll continue to come here for the community whenever I can.

    Also, I just purchased a Switch (this week!), so I am happy to know of your other project. I wish you the best with it, you really are a great source and a very warm community. Your work made my late journey into the Vita universe a truly memorable one. <3 I know it won't be different with the Switch, now.