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It’s not that I necessarily blame Sony for slapping the legacy qualifier on the PS Vita. The system, as much as I genuinely love it, simply hasn’t sold as well as Sony would like. Counts put it above four million by 2013, though Sony’s been less than forthcoming with solid numbers. It’s doing all right in Japan, I suppose, but other countries seem to be ignoring it en masse.

Calling it a legacy system, though, means that it’s just about dead. It’s antiquated. It’s old news. It’s done with the spotlight. I’m not the only one with this impression of the term. I took to the interwebbings to hit sites like Wikipedia for a general consensus on what “legacy” meant when it came to computers, software and such. Maybe I was misinterpreting this term, right?

No. I was spot on. Straight from Wikipedia by way of the Googles.

In computing a legacy system is an old method, technology, computer system, or application program, “of, relating to, or being a previous or outdated computer system.” Often a pejorative term, referencing a system as “legacy” often implies that the system is out of date or in need of replacement.

“A pejorative term, ” indeed. I figured I’d ask a few co-workers as well.

Our own Sean Aune offered this when I asked for a definition: “A legacy system means something that is outdated and no longer supported.”

Eric Frederiksen, a writer in our gaming department, tossed this at me: “Legacy hardware is hardware considered to be past its life but may still be receiving nominal support from the manufacturer as an obligation.”

I really liked Eric’s. It sort of stings, right? Like, “Gee, thanks Sony for launching your system three years ago, deeming it outdated but continuing nominal support because, you know, you have to.”

Yeah. Three years ago. You read that right. The PS Vita launched in North America in February of 2012. Japan got it in the late fall of 2011. It’s almost four years old in its home country.

Sony’s in the midst of holding a viking funeral for a handheld system it launched three/four years ago. They’re aiming their flaming arrow at the kindling filled floating funeral pyre as I type, and they’ve got great aim. Keven Butler’s been practicing for years.

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