Sony Details Vita/PS3 Cross-Platform Compatibility
What else do you want to know about the PlayStation Vita? More news continues to surface, and the unit continues to look more and more appealing...
According to Eurogamer, Sony's new handheld device can be used as a controller for PS3 games. You may have seen Nintendo's Wii U presentation during E3 2011...well, Sony Europe R&D manager Phil Rogers revealed this very similar Vita/PS3 feature at the Develop Conference 2011. Said Rogers:
"PS3 can send data down to Vita and Vita can display it. You could use the unique features [of Vita] - 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."
Rogers confirmed that this is a "fairly new idea" and encouraged developers to discuss possibilities with Sony. Furthermore, Vita can do cross-platform play. Rogers demonstrated Wipeout 2048; two versions of the game for PS3 and Vita respectively were connected via the Network. Granted, the PS3 version had a higher frame rate and looked better, but the differences were surprisingly minimal. Rogers added that at the launch of the Vita, they'll "have some PSN features that work across both platforms."
Then Rogers talked about a feature called Continuation Play. This lets a PS3 game be played and then taken on the go with the Vita. Said Rogers:
"We have a system called Title User Storage, which allows 1MB of data on our servers for games. And that can be accessed on both platforms; you can access that same data.
You can save your game on PS3, go over to Vita, pull that data back and swap it between them, so you can play a game at home, take it on the train and continue. You can save your game on PS3, go over to Vita, pull that data back and ... take it on the train and continue."
The first game that will utilize Continuation play is Ruin, which is described as a Diablo-like action/RPG. Now, given the sheer capability of Vita, aren't you a little excited for the portable? Personally, I'm not a huge fan of handheld stuff but this just keeps getting better and better.
8/2/2011 8:40:02 PM Ben Dutka