Sony Details New PlayStation Vita/PS3 Cross Play Connectivity

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Although not many new announcements were made regarding games for the Vita, in their conference yesterday Sony did mention that they were incorporating several new features to link together the PS3 with its handheld cousin. In a similar way to the Wii U game pad and Microsoft’s Smart Glass technology players will be able to use the two devices together to increase interactivity in the following ways:

Cross-Play

The Cross-Play feature allows PS3 and PS Vita users to enjoy match or collaborative game play.

Available titles:

Hustle Kings (SCE PS3®/PS Vita), MotorStorm RC (SCE PS3®/PS Vita), WipEout HD (SCE PS3®)/WipEout 2048 (SCE PS Vita)

Upcoming titles:

STREET FIGHTER X TEKKEN from CAPCOM (PS3/PS Vita), PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale (SCE PS3/PS Vita)

Cross-Controller

The Cross-Controller feature allows a player to use PS Vita as a controller to play games on PS3, by utilizing its rich features including touch screen, rear touch pad, six-axis motion sensing system, and cameras. Users can enjoy the two types of gaming experiences through the large TV screen and PS Vita display.

Available titles:

ULTIMATE MARVEL VS. CAPCOM 3 from CAPCOM (PS3/PS Vita)

Upcoming titles:

LittleBigPlanet 2 (SCE PS3)

Cross-Save

By managing saved data between PS3 and PS Vita, the Cross-Save feature enables users on the go to continue playing games on their PS Vita, right from where they left off on their PS3 at home.

Available titles:

BLAZBLUE CONTINUUM SHIFT EXTEND from ARC SYSTEM WORKS CO., LTD. (PS3/PS Vita), MLB12: The Show (SCE PS3/PS Vita), MotorStorm RC (SCE PS3/PS Vita)

Upcoming titles:

Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time (SCE PS3/PS Vita), Sound Shapes (SCE PS3/PS Vita), PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale (SCE PS3/PS Vita)

Cross-Goods

The Cross-Goods feature allows users to enjoy various content such as purchased downloaded content and user-generated content on both PS3® and PS Vita by transferring to other platform, by sharing between both platforms, or by other ways.

Available titles:

ULTIMATE MARVEL VS. CAPCOM 3 from CAPCOM (PS3/PS Vita), MLB12: The Show (SCE PS3/PS Vita), Hustle Kings (SCE PS3/PS Vita), MotorStorm RC (SCE PS3/PS Vita), ModNation Racers (SCE PS3)/ModNation Racers: Road Trip (SCE PS Vita)

Upcoming titles:

STREET FIGHTER X TEKKEN from CAPCOM (PS3/PS Vita), Assassin’s Creed III (PS3)/Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation (PS Vita) from Ubisoft, Sound Shapes (SCE PS3/PS Vita), LittleBigPlanet 2 (SCE PS3)/LittleBigPlanet PlayStation Vita (SCE PS Vita), PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale (SCE PS3/PS Vita)

Remote Play

The Remote Play feature allows PS Vita users to remotely access their PS3 to enjoy content including games and videos.

Supporting titles:

BLAZBLUE, BLAZBLUE CONTINUUM SHIFT from ARC SYSTEM WORKS CO., LTD. (PS3®)

Expected supporting titles:

ICO, God of War, God of War II, Shadow of the Colossus (All titles are from SCE PS3)

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It’s certainly nice to see that Sony is boosting options like the Remote Play feature that is currently under-used by the Vita just as it was by the PSP before it. I’m not quite sure that fast-paced action titles like God of War are necessarily the best way to show off the technology though as by its nature the Remote Play functionality does show some lag. The Cross Controller functionality was talked about a little in the show itself, with gamers able to use their Vita to create worlds in Little Big Planet 2, using new DLC available soon.

What do you guys think of these options? Will you be putting them to use if you own both a PS3 and Vita? Or is Sony just trying to muscle in on Nintendo’s core idea for their new console? Let us know below.

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Mark Coupe

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I'm a UK based gamer, as well as being more obsessed with video games and Doctor Who that any adult has a right to be. I keep telling myself I will grow up one day, but certainly not if I can help it.
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