The first step towards fully digitizing video games is to ditch the paper manual.
This has already been done by some publishers, but it's still a rarity. Most times, when you purchase a game from a retail store, it comes with a paper copy of the instruction manual.
But times are changing fast and according to an Andriasang report , it appears that no PlayStation Vita games will come with a paper manual. They know Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom won't have one and another Japanese source, Inside Games, got their hands on a Vita retail copy and again, no paper manual. It seems all manuals will be included in digital format, although we can't say for certain just yet.
It could just be a coincidence that the few games we've seen don't have paper manuals, but some are thinking this isn't just a trend, and that it will apply to all Vita games. I'm not quite as annoyed over this as I am over the loss of the box itself but even so, I'm definitely gonna miss my manuals.