PS Vita needs more cross-platform, Remote Play support

By Alan Ng - Feb 10, 2012

One of the biggest potentials of the new PS Vita aside from being able to handle near-PS3 quality graphics, is the fact that the Vita has the ability to play simultaneously with the PS3 thanks to its exciting cross-platform play capabilities.

Sony has this week released a brand new trailer showing off some of the cross-platform play features with the PS3, with launch game WipEout one of the main focuses. For those of you that aren’t aware, the game has support for multiplayer battles, either online or locally with players give the option of racing on the PS3 or PS Vita.

It works seamlessly as well, and it means if you are out of the house and hooked up to a 3G or WiFi connection, you’ll still be able to race with your friends who are playing on PS3 at home. Cross-platform is a wonderful feature and we’re a bit surprised why it has taken so long for it to reach a mainstream audience. The good news, is that it looks like Sony are making it one of their key features in marketing both the PS3 and PS Vita, as we’ve already seen other upcoming titles that will have cross-platform support as well. DUST 514, Killzone 3, Warrior’s Lair (formerly Ruin) and LittleBigPlanet to name a few.

While cross-platform play is only just taking off on the PS3 and Vita, one feature which we would have liked to see a little more emphasis on, is Remote Play. We mentioned above that games such as Killzone 3 will be playable on the PS Vita, but if Sony really wanted to make their PS Vita a runaway success, they should have made remote play streaming to the Vita possible for a decent list of titles at launch.

You may remember a recent video which we showed you that unveiled Battlefield 3 and Mortal Kombat running on PS Vita via Remote Play and a hacked PS3 firmware, but it would have been amazing if Sony had support for this official at launch. It didn’t happen though for the Japan and Hong Kong launches, and it looks like it won’t be possible for the US and EU launches either.

We just hope that they are planning to utilize this in the future, as it would be a huge incentive to gamers if they could buy a new PS3 game, knowing that it has support for the PS Vita as well. It’s early days yet though of course, and we are just days away now from the big western launch. If you are planning to get a Vita, let us know your thoughts on cross-platform and remote play features. Would you like to see more focus on these areas from Sony?

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  • hard for vita

    I think that they are sitting on remote play to sell vita games firs, which makes sense cause I no ill rather buy a ps3 game over vita knowing I could just remote play it..
    And people complaining about the price are just dumb there price is well worth it… The oled screen alone is worth it…
    I am just a little dissapointed that there is no need for speed vita any time soon.. Oh and the memory card situation suxs… And thats all I got to say about that.

  • do you want the system to fail? thats what your suggesting

    The vita needs to be as seperate from the ps3 as possible to sell

    Look at the psp

    80 million units,

  • if hackers and modders can make it happen surely sony can too, unless they have to sort out legal things with the devs

  • Devon-ray-austin

    Gosh, I’d love to use remote play to play my ps3 games. Clearly it’s possible as the guy playing bf3 showed. It would be awesome, and if it come to be, I will definitely purchase a Vita

  • saintfighteraqua

     I agree it would be great to have these features really pushed on the Vita, but in the end that is not what I’m buying a Vita for.
    Who bought a 3DS for those features? No one, because it doesn’t connect with Wii at all.
    So it’s not a deal breaker for me either.
    But, I would definitely love to see Sony push this machine to the max!