While the PlayStation Vita is still hanging onto its last breath of life and it nears its final days, the system’s cartridge-based games may life on through a spiritual successor of sorts, if a new patent filing from Sony Interactive Entertainment is any indication.

As first found by TechTastic, Sony Interactive Entertainment filed a patent in South Korea for an ‘electronic game cartridge’ that seems to signal the company is holding to their word of not giving up completely on the console market, that PlayStation CEO John Kodera mentioned earlier this year. The patent, which was made public this month, shows a flat cartridge with rounded sides, with a communications end found on the bottom, similar to game cartridges of Nintendo’s popular hybrid system, the Nintendo Switch.

Granted, not all patents end up making it to the production phase, but it does give the company a solidified legal first step if they chose to pursue developing the product. Last year, a patent was discovered showing what looked to be a portable version of PlayStation-centric hardware, showing a handheld-sized screen with two halves of a controller on each end, themed like PlayStation’s DualShock controller. Pair the previous patent with this newest one surrounding gaming cartridges, it does seem as though Sony doesn’t want to abandon the handheld gaming market just yet, considering the massive success Nintendo has found through the Switch alone.

For now, we will have to wait and see if anything does become of this patent. Who know, maybe the Vita will have its day through a spiritually successor of sorts in the coming years for Sony.

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