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PS Vita revitalized with Sony PS4 and Remote Play

In the midst of Sony’s monumental PS4 event in New York, the company unleashed one massive bombshell that should give all PS Vita owners reason to celebrate in a big way. Sony has said that some PS4 games will be playable on a second screen, taking the action directly from the TV straight to the PS Vita to continue gameplay seamlessly.

We have seen Nintendo introduce and successfully launch a similar idea with the Wii U GamePad and now it looks like Sony will be following suit with their own implementation. The PS Vita will not be the only device that supports PS4 content playback however, as the company also confirmed at the event that smartphones and tablets will also play a big part in the sharing aspects of PS4.

Gaikai CEO Dave Perry revealed on stage that PS4 games will be able to be transferred directly to the PS Vita for ongoing play, using an example of when ‘the kids take up the living room TV’ or a similar situation. Although we didn’t get a direct confirmation that all PS4 titles will feature this support, we did get a brief gameplay demonstration of an existing PS4 title running on the PS Vita via Remote Play.

The game shown is called Knack and we’ve included the video above giving you an idea of how it will work. As you can see though, the graphics don’t really look PS4 quality at the moment, so we can only hope that games like Killzone Shadow Fall and Watch Dogs will also be instantly playable on the PS Vita using the same format.

Remote Play has so far been a frustrating feature it has to be said, as full support never really came with the PSP. Sony has sent out a big message that they are giving it one last try with the PS4 and PS Vita however and it’s fair to say that there is amazing potential to be had if they could get it right.

More importantly, it could now make those gamers who were previously reluctant on a PS Vita, take notice and perhaps be interested in picking one up if true PS4 support is realized. We’re guessing that another gameplay demonstration of Remote Play PS4 on PS Vita will be coming at E3 2013 in June. For now, give us your reaction to the news and whether you think this could turn out to be an amazing feature.

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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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