Focus on PS Vita Remote Play Sony, before attacking Wii U pad

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Cross platform is a hot topic at the moment for gamers and if you are thinking of picking up the Nintendo Wii U, you could also argue that the nifty touchscreen controller acts like a separate device, allowing for Wii U gameplay on the go.

The PS Vita on the other hand is just getting its feet off the ground and is finally starting to deliver on Sony’s initial promises of cross-platform game support via the PS3. If you think for a minute, what the comparison purposes are between the Vita and the Wii U touchscreen pad, you are probably thinking that its a bit of a pointless discussion – but Sony apparently doesn’t.

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Sony has said in an interview at E3 that the PS Vita holds an advantage over the Wii U, by stating that their handheld device has its own processor, while the Wii U touchscreen controller doesn’t. Because of this, Sony feels that Nintendo will be limited in what freedom they can allow the touchscreen pad to have, but it’s a different story for the Vita.

Sony Worldwide Studios VP Scott Rohde is the man behind these latest quotes and this is a direct quote from him when speaking to GameIndustry.biz at E3:

“We can do some pretty special things that you’ll start to see on the [e3]floor this year and you’ll see more over the upcoming months about what you can do when you actually have a processor in the thing that’s in your hand as well.”

Is this a bit of an unfair comparison to make though, especially seeing as the PS Vita is its own system, while the Wii U pad is attached to the console? If Sony were to hand out free PS Vita systems with PS3 consoles purchased, then perhaps it would be a different story.

We haven’t really seen the full potential of the touchscreen controller yet, but hopefully Nintendo will be releasing some more videos closer to launch. The real meat for us is when we actually see evidence of a user pausing a game on the TV and then heading into the toilet on his touchscreen controller to resume the game.

For now, recent footage of ZombiU is decent enough and shows a little bit of interplay between the TV and touchscreen controller. Sony should really be focusing on delivering on their promised remote play features, rather than take shots at the Wii U pad for not having a processor. Let us know your thoughts on this one guys.

  • http://www.facebook.com/simianchild Paul Warne

     “allowing for Wii U gameplay on the go.” Not really on the go at all, to quote Iwata;
    “We are not saying we can get away from the living room at all,” Iwata told Time. “What I’m saying is that we shall be less dependent on the home TV set; more specifically, the images and all the others are processed within the inside of the console of the Wii U, not in the controller. So, for example, you cannot just take away the controller and continue playing.” 

  • musashi miyamoto

    First of all, I have great respect for you Alan Ng. You are a great journalist.

    ” Is this a bit of an unfair comparison to make though, especially seeing as the PS Vita is its own system, while the Wii U pad is attached to the console?”

    A; No. When you are competing you will try to do everything to win.

    Like Hideo Kojima streesed in 2010. Mobile is where gaming is going and he was talking about the PS Vita.
    When the Ps Vita was shown last January 2011 as NGP Sony made it clear that PSV is designed with the PS3 or PS4 for that matter in mind.
    Transfarring,
    MGS4 running on PSVita
    Lost Planet 2 running on PSVita
    Monter Hunter 3rd Portable  running on PS Vita Ad Hoc or cross platform play between PSP & PSVita
    The ability to play the same game on PS3 & PSVita and share game saves online or offline
    Stream PS3 gameplay on PS Vita via wifi or 3G ond vice versa
    They spent a lot of time, money & effort hammering that fact that PSP, PS3 & PSV are all integral part of the whole PlayStation ecosystem. Like any hardware company the whole idea is - for gamers to experience the benefits of all their PS hardware. 

    In fact I saw the PS Vita will be marketed as a PS3 or PS4 peripheral or extra controller – much like a how a smartphone connects to a PC tandem.,

    After that presentation there was no doubt in my mind that Nintendo will come out with something similar with their new hardware on e3 2011. And I was right.
     

    “If Sony were to hand out free PS Vita systems with PS3 consoles purchased, then perhaps it would be a different story.
    A; Expect that to happen this year.

     ” We haven’t really seen the full potential of the touchscreen controller yet, but hopefully Nintendo will be releasing some more videos closer to launch. The real meat for us is when we actually see evidence of a user pausing a game on the TV and then heading into the toilet on his touchscreen controller to resume the game.”
    A; Like I said up there Stream PS3 gameplay on PS Vita via wifi or 3G ond vice versa.

    “For now, recent footage of ZombiU is decent enough and shows a little bit of interplay between the TV and touchscreen controller.”
    A; My experience with the Dreamcast tells me its hard to look back and forth on two screens while in the heat of battle. To me it was a gimmick that did not cantch on as proven.

    “Sony should really be focusing on delivering on their promised remote play features, rather than take shots at the Wii U pad for not having a processor.”

    A; PS Vita proves that these features are on the system. On my experience with PS3 & its game exclusive patches Sony has its own priorities and schedule when they see it fit to release these services.

    Now, Nintendo said they took away the processor from the Gamepad due to high cost of manufacturing. That’s Nintendo’s mistake not Sony’s.

    Sony is just answering the competition by stating facts that Vita has a Quad Core CPU and GPU that rivals the new iPad & Nintendo Wi U does not.
    Truth in advertising. Nothing wrong with that.

    • NgTurbo

      Excellent feedback Musashi, enjoyed reading that..thanks! I love the Japanese! 

  • miyamoto musashi

    “Is this a bit of an unfair comparison to make though, especially seeing as the PS Vita is its own system, while the Wii U pad is attached to the console?”

    Oh PS Vita is very much attached to the PS3. is to the Wii U right off the bat.
    The PSVita is even more attached to the PS3 in so many ways than the Wii U game pad is to the Wii U.

  • Mck79

    Look its all well known now the wiiu has graphics leagues above ps3 look at ZOMBIEU in its unfinished state its just been put next to RE6 and it squashes it all i know is that wiiu is DX11 comparable and has a CPU with so much more modern tech the vita with ps3 is a joke of a comparison sorry ??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? get SONY KEEP WISHING. N4G will show you the comparison.

  • Zelse1787

    So my question is why not compare it to the 3DS which will work just like the vita…xcept youll be working with 3 screens instead of two?

  • Jim Leyhe

    The problem is that Remote Play DOESN’T WORK!! Sony isn’t answering if it will work or not.  Majority of PS3 Games cannot be used with Remote Play and that is a sham.  Sony showed the tech demo of how remote play would work with KZ3 streaming from the PS3 to the Vita at E3 2011.  Nothing has been said or done to show that this feature will be used since then.  In fact, all the videos that have Remote Play “So you can access your PS3 Games and Content” have been removed by Sony.  It is terrible that they have this potential but don’t take advantage of it.  Vita could have beat WiiU before WiiU was even announced, if Sony truly connected the Vita with the PS3.  But they didn’t and now us Vita owners feel really let down.  This was a big feature which they showed off, and pretty much my selling point.  Play PS3 games and Vita Games on the go, but this isn’t happening and it’s not how we expected it.  Now WiiU comes along and the first thing they show off is the fact that you can take your game and stream it to your tablet controller and continue playing right where you left off if someone else wants to use the TV.  Vita doesn’t do this and Sony said it would be possible, but it’s not. 

    Vita does have an advantage over the WiiU, because of the fact that Vita has WiFi and 3G, so technically you could take your Vita anywhere and use Remote Play rather than being subject to the limitations of being within range of the console like WiiU.  WiiU only allows you to play in the home, where Vita COULD allow you to play anywhere, but only if they open up the system to allow the feature to work!! I don’t know why Sony didn’t want to jump the gun on this one because it would have been the smartest thing they could have done this Console Generation.

    • Alextill01

      Yeah, I pretty much agree with everything you said. Which is pretty much the reason I’m now leaning more toward buying a Wii U maybe at launch. It’s unfortunate Sony haven’t done anything with remote play. If they were to at least try it a bit before Wii U comes out I might think twice about getting it. But, until then it’s pretty one-sided to the Wii U, no matter what the Vita has/does.