If you have been tuning into this year’s Tokyo Game Show coverage, you will know that a significant portion of the event was reserved for another detailed blowout on the imminent PlayStation Vita handheld. What you may have missed though, is the fantastic-looking remote play feature with the PlayStation 3.
Although we knew that the Vita would feature some sort of cross platform play with its bigger brother, we had yet to see this in action, until now that is. During the Vita unveil at the ongoing Tokyo Game Show event in Japan, Sony demonstrated how some PlayStation 3 titles will be playable using the handheld, and the title that gave an example of this was none other than Killzone 3.
The connection from PlayStation 3 to Vita can be achieved either through WiFi or over the internet (3G) from potentially any location in the world. The gameplay looked very smooth indeed, with no signs of major lag appearing to affect gameplay in any way. Another impressive feature is that the Vita will be able to switch the control scheme from the PlayStation 3 game that you are playing, to the different button layout on the Vita. For example, a standard dual-core PS3 pad features back shoulder buttons, whereas the Vita does not. Instead the Vita replicates these buttons on the stylish touch trackpad located underneath the device which should provide a similar experience whilst using.
Remote play between PS3 and Vita was demonstrated on Killzone 3 only, but we’re excited at the other games which will be compatible with Sony’s new pick up and play features. However, the company were keen to stress that the technology is still being developed, so it could be a long while yet until we start to see remote play available to the public.
We’ve found a very brief video on YouTube showing a snippet of the new features in action, but we’ll add more footage when we get it. Are you impressed by the new remote play features, or are you worried that lag will ultimately prove a difficult problem to overcome? If this really kicks off, imagine being able to play a game like Skyrim on the bus or train, or even the toilet if the situation arises – the possibilities could be endless for the Vita and it could prove to be Sony’s main selling point with the Vita.