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

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.

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.

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.

Contact Alan Ng: alan@product-reviews.net

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Jim Leyhe
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… Read more »

Zelse1787
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?

Mck79
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.

miyamoto musashi
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.

musashi miyamoto
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… Read more »

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.” 

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