We find it pretty amusing that amongst all the frustration around Sony’s lack of remote play or PS1 classics support on the Vita, one clever individual has managed to take the PlayStation Mobile SDK and enable full support for PC games via a remote desktop program.
It is the stuff of dreams that homebrew fans have been waiting for and it looks like a legal practice as well at first glance. PlayStation Mobile, formerly PS Suite was announced a while back by Sony and is meant to be the new platform for developers to create games for a range of mobile Sony devices.
We have no idea how YouTube user DigitalArts001 has managed to pull this off, but we thank him for it and for opening up the lazy eyes of Sony at the same time. In a series of videos, he has demonstrated that by using PlayStation Mobile to access a remote desktop application, the Vita can play games like Left 4 Dead, Super Mario Bros 3, Final Fantasy X and Metal Gear Solid.
Not only just run them, but to run them in very smooth quality indeed and with motion support as well – outstanding. All of the games, and even the lovely Final Fantasy X cutscenes run without a hitch and it does make you wonder how one individual can bring so much joy to Sony’s handheld, when the majority of users are pulling their hair out on the lack of Sony’s part to bring proper remote play support to the Vita.
We wish we could offer up a tutorial on how to try this out yourself, but it looks like a complex process and the YouTube user in question doesn’t appear to be giving out his secrets just yet. For now though, enjoy the videos below – we’ve added them all. Unfortunately, we highly doubt that Sony will be making this an official feature of the Vita when PlayStation Mobile is finally released, given the dodgy barriers surrounding emulators and such, but it is a mouthwatering prospect nevertheless.
Do you agree that having a PC remote desktop app on the Vita would make the device a hundred times better? Aside from the games, you could also run apps like Spotify to have an alternative and free streaming music fix direct on the Vita. Left 4 Dead looks like a perfect fit on the system may we had too – let’s hope Valve are watching.