Sony has recently announced that the Vita will be able to be used as a PS3 controller, allowing players to “drive a display from a PS3 game”. While there had been speculation that this is the case, this is the first real confirmation. The full statement by Phil Rogers, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe’s R&D manager, reads as follows:
“PS3 can send data down to Vita and Vita can display it. You could use the unique features – gyroscope, touch front and back – as a control device for a PS3 game.
“You can run software on both devices and use the network to sync the game states. And that’s pretty good, because you then have the processing power of PS3 doing that work, Vita [doing] fancy graphics – however you want to do it. You’re not sacrificing the PS3′s CPU to be able to have a rich experience on Vita.”
One of the first cross-platform games that will support the Vita being used as a PS3 controller (“Remote Play”, as they seem to be calling it) will be Hustle Kings. Hustle Kings will be available for the Vita’s launch. Don’t assume that this functionality will be limited to just new games, though, as Rogers also stated that developers could retroactively introduce the feature. Pretty cool, huh?
Now, this revelation is quite interesting in the wake of Nintendo’s announcement of the Wii U during E3. Nintendo’s main focus was on their next-gen system’s new controller, which is a tablet-like device itself. It should be interesting to see if the PS3/Vita marriage impacts the Wii U at all once released.
What do you think? Will the Wii U do find despite the Vita’s functionality as a controller? Will this help Sony sell more Vita handhelds and/or PS3 systems? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
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