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A patent filed by Sony Interactive Entertainment and published this week prompted many to believe that the Japanese giant may work on a successor to the PlayStation Vita, but despite the documentation depicting a new cartridge-like product, it's got absolutely nothing to do with hypothetical handheld – instead, it's for a toy named Sony Toio which released overseas last year.

Many had believed (hoped?) That the company was in fact lining up a successor to its portable line, giving the PS Vita officially discontinued next year. But the patent shows a cartridge identical to the above used product, and thus is completely unrelated.

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The manufacturer has admitted that the handhelds are "one way of delivering gaming experiences", but the chances of creating a PS Vita successor look at this stage – especially while it's hands-on with the PlayStation 5 behind-the-scenes . Of course, a new portable is not impossible right right now arise – it just seems unlikely right now. And this patent is, unfortunately, not evidence of anything.

[via techtastic.nl, theverge.com]