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Are Sony holding back Vita remote play streaming on purpose?

If you were specifically hoping to see some remote play action on the PS Vita at Sony’s E3 keynote speech, you are probably feeling a little disappointed. The company announced some new PS1 classics such as Final Fantasy 7, but we didn’t see any indication on when the company plans to have their promised PS3 remote play streaming feature working.

The good news is that the first batch of new PS1 classics will be available for purchase on the PS Vita sometime this month. Two games that have already confirmed to be coming are Final Fantasy 7 and Tomb Raider. At the moment though, there still appears to be a lot of question marks regarding PS1 classics for existing games that Vita owners have purchased and of course when the company will finally roll out their long awaited remote play feature.

At the moment though, Sony didn’t say whether PS1 games that have already been bought on the store will work with the Vita. After teasing Killzone 3 on remote play at the Tokyo Game Show last year, there is still no sign of these features either. It would have been nice to be able to pick up a brand new PS3 game and be able to play it on the Vita via streaming.

We would hate to think that Sony are holding this feature back, purely and simply because they feel that they’ll lose money on Vita software in the long run. For example, if Sony were to provide remote play Vita streaming for Assassin’s Creed 3 on PS3, then who would still be willing to pick up Assassin’s Creed 3: Liberation that has just been announced? Although Vita owners expect to see this functionality in the future, perhaps Sony has had a major u-turn and decided that free PS3 streaming isn’t a good business move.

If they do feel this way, then perhaps they should make it a PlayStation Plus feature only, that way they would get more subscribers to balance out potential Vita software losses. Obviously Sony may not be thinking about this idea, but it is worth contemplating this as a reality if you are wondering why Sony didn’t show any notable remote play features at their E3 keynote.

Did they just throw Final Fantasy 7 and Tomb Raider out there to keep Vita users sweet? Everybody wants to know what the score is regarding their remote play features that everyone bought the system for – at the moment, Sony are keeping us waiting. Let us know your thoughts on this one.

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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Guest

Aha, just in case anyone still believes the PS3 can do remote play by some voodoo magic without needing to consume extra CPU power, I’ve just found a leaked copy of Sony’s Remote Play dev document in the PS3 Dev Wiki. Basically, the game needs to run at 30fps for the capture to work properly without dropped frames, needs 14 spare processor threads for the conversion and 18MB spare memory. There is a diagram showing the Ps3 needs to perform normal graphics processing, then reprocesses the graphics / audio for remote play, which is why it needs the extra spare cpu /… Read more »

Nono
Nono

Remote play was one of the deal makers for getting the vita. For that reason alone my wife gave me to ok to play. From day one I was upset about remote play not being there. I know the limitations of the systems, but in reality there is no need to “beef” up the ps3! The vita would act no different than a controller and tv screen. The same amount of imput and output are there. Do not get me wrong, I love my vita it is an excellent stand alone console. The current games and apps are amazing. The… Read more »

Guest
Guest

I hate to say it, but remote play is disabled because the PS3 isn’t up to the job of streaming the files. I went to all the bother of setting my PS3 up with 3.55 cfw and altering the games’ param.sfo to work, only to find most either creashed during cut scenes (e.g. the Uncharted series) or were so laggy they were completely unplayable (e.g. Red Dead Redemption). I thought maybe it was my wi-fi connection, so I set up a modified version of Vaio remote play on my high(ish)-end PC and direct connected to the PS3 via a gig ethernet connection. Result –… Read more »

Danfrw
Danfrw

In regards to why we really want remote play – if for example you have a young child in the house and share your main tv with your partner and children, being able to switch from the big screen to the vita when the tv is being captured by your loved ones for a spot of dora the explorer or get me the hell out the jungle and the like, its a great prospect being able to swap over to the small screen of the vita to continue your gaming fun. Some of you may not have kids and have… Read more »

PSfanboy
PSfanboy

I could see a few situations were remote play could be useful. On the can, someone wants to watch TV when you want to play, someone is asleep in the room your PS3 is in. I’m sure some could come up with more examples. As far as using remote play over 3G I’m pretty sure they didn’t mention anything about that. I might be wrong though. I do hope they implement it soon. Remote play is on top of the list of reasons I bought mine.

jspillen
jspillen

I absolutely love my Vita and I’m excited for the features to continue to get updated.  I did expect to be able to stream my PS3 games… and I have re-purchased Killzone 2 and Killzone 3 in anticipation.  However, whatever Sony has to do to make this machine work is pretty much OK with me.  There isn’t another experience for Portable gaming that comes close in my opinion.  I have a 3DS but I normally end up feeling like the games aren’t mature enough for my tastes.  The Vita has the potential to give me the type of games I’m… Read more »

Mcdonaldsm925
Mcdonaldsm925

well i think to make it a ps plus suggestion is perfect or make a new pitch and sell two games for one price then give us the feature then we will have to buy the ps vita software in the bundle 

MartinB105
MartinB105

Remote Play would be nice to have, but it’s usefulness is severely limited and would not be the killer app that a lot of people seem to believe it would be. Even if you have the 3G Vita, you won’t be able to stream game video to it because the bandwidth requirement is way too high and most 3G providers have very low caps. If you’re at home, then what’s the point in playing on a 540p 5″ screen in stereo when you could just as easily be playing on a 720p/1080p big TV with 5.1 surround? The only times… Read more »

Ghislai Comeau
Ghislai Comeau

Wii u will force sony hand on remote play. garantee

QoreFromMay2009
QoreFromMay2009

“For example, if Sony were to provide remote play Vita streaming for Assassin’s Creed 3 on PS3, then who would still be willing to pick up Assassin’s Creed 3: Liberation that has just been announced?”
Kind of a bad example, seeing as these are two COMPLETELY different games. But I see your point, would have been better illutrated with something like Sly Thieves in Time or Allstars: Battle Royale

Christoffer Treyz

as we saw in the past they made bid advertise about linux-ability of the ps3.. which was suddenly removed via firmware update. it is a common move by sony to do so.. which costs them more and more customers in the long run. i do not see myself as a sole sony-console-owner anymore in the next gen. do the math 😉

Jason Bennett

well i’m not buying it until they give me that feature

Slymonkeyboy
Slymonkeyboy

I hate to say it, but sometimes it feels as if Sony makes promises to get you to buy a product and then does not deliver.

I bought a Vita with the hope that I could sometimes use it to play in the same room when my family is using the TV for other purposes.

I really hope they follow through in making at least some games work with it 

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