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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.

Tags: sony, ps vita, playstation vita, ps3, playstation 3

8/2/2011 8:40:02 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (78 posts)

Karosso
Tuesday, August 02, 2011 @ 9:26:08 PM
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I just gave my PSP to my nephew, with all the games I had for it, in anticipation of the PSV. Hopefully he can become a Sony fan like his uncle ;)
I hope developers do use the capabilities of the PSV to its fullest, so many possibilities...

"Winter is Coming"

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StubbornScorpio
Tuesday, August 02, 2011 @ 9:42:30 PM

I'm equally excited for the PSV's different features. I'd assume you will need two different copies of the game (one for the PS3 and one for the Vita), but if the implementation turns out to be as good as they make it, I'm behind the idea all the way.

OT, you must be a reader of the Song of Ice and Fire saga, huh?

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kevinater321
Tuesday, August 02, 2011 @ 9:44:34 PM

Or maybe a fan of the tv show, i know i am.

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kevinater321
Tuesday, August 02, 2011 @ 9:54:47 PM

"THE KING IN THE NORTH!"

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Karosso
Tuesday, August 02, 2011 @ 10:26:35 PM

Yes, a reader and viewer. Love the books, best Fantasy series I have ever read. Hope George doesn't die before completing it LOL

"There is only one god. And his name is death. And there is only one thing we say to death. "Not today"."

"Winter is Coming"

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Karosso
Tuesday, August 02, 2011 @ 10:41:47 PM

Kevin, if you do have the time and enjoy a good read, get the books. Lord of The Rings was my favorite fantasy books, until I read "A Song of Ice and Fire". So much better in so many ways...

"KING TYRION!" LOL

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, August 02, 2011 @ 9:41:53 PM
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Sold

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Stabs88
Wednesday, August 03, 2011 @ 7:47:01 PM

I was already sold but the ability to play off vita/PS3 is what i was hoping for with the PSP. Can you say love at first sight??

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kevinater321
Tuesday, August 02, 2011 @ 9:44:16 PM
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F*ck this new add. I don't want to have to minimize a 5 gum add just to read the article. And then when i click on the article i sends me to the 5 gum Facebook page. I'm all down for adds on websites but when it sacrifices my ability to zip around the site then i get pissed.

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, August 02, 2011 @ 9:50:14 PM

I suggest you get a better browser....I'm on the latest firefox and I never have issues on this site.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, August 02, 2011 @ 9:50:46 PM

I don't even know what you're seeing.

Try a new browser.

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kevinater321
Tuesday, August 02, 2011 @ 9:53:46 PM

Maybe it was just a glitch, i don't know, but i seems to be better now.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, August 02, 2011 @ 10:11:06 PM

I don't see any new ads, but my comment box goes to hell and disappears behind the cheats, reviews, and previews content on the bottom. I'm using internet explorer because the site stopped loading with Firefox altogether.

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JMO_INDY
Wednesday, August 03, 2011 @ 1:44:35 AM

Remember that format change we talked about Ben ;)

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Beamboom
Wednesday, August 03, 2011 @ 2:40:01 AM

One simple solution for Firefox:

Press ctrl+shift+A, do a search for "adblock plus" and install.
Voila - every issue you've ever had with ads are gone. :)


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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, August 03, 2011 @ 2:02:21 PM

already have that, doesn't fix the bigger problems.

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Highlander
Tuesday, August 02, 2011 @ 9:49:58 PM
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Already sold on this, but didn't they just point out what several commenters here have been since the get go? Vita makes a great companion for the PS3/PS4 and has all the functionality needed to be a controller in it's own right, but of course with the embedded screen - much like the PSP sort of does with remote play on the PS3.

Of course WIIU kind of tries to do the same thing as well, and no doubt people will claim Sony is copying Nintendo again.

Personally, I think this is an obvious and inevitable idea, and is just one more reason to get a Vita.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, August 02, 2011 @ 10:12:38 PM

At least this time Sony will have their product out first, I get the feeling with E3's presentation being what it was that the Wii U is still little moer than a twinkle in somebody's eye. All tech demos you see.

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Karosso
Tuesday, August 02, 2011 @ 10:33:27 PM

Mr. High, a question if you would be so kind as to clarify it for me.
Would it be possible for the PSV to display it's games on the PS3, kind of a reverse remote play? That would be something amazing if possible. Imagine being able to play your PSV games on the big screen at home? Is it possible? and what are the pros and cons of having the functionality as far as Sony is concerned?
Thanks in advance for any help with this question.

"Winter is Coming"

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FatherSun
Tuesday, August 02, 2011 @ 11:21:29 PM

Sony is always copying everyone. Just like some people just don't know that Kinect came before the PS Eye Toy.*

It will be a game of leap frog. Soon we will hear that the 3DS will have some form of interaction with the Wii-U. If you ask me. The 3DS needs it. Lackluster sales and few standout titles. Sorry Ninty, even @ $170 I'm not buying it.

I Love Nintendo, they were a part of my life but I think its time Mario spread his wings to other platforms. Ha, who am I kidding. Nintendo is the only dedicated Video Game company left. They really would need to flatline completely to give up their stars to other companies.

*sarcasm.

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Qubex
Tuesday, August 02, 2011 @ 11:26:08 PM

Have to agree Highlander, Vita will make a great companion to the PS3. It may be a real boon for Sony if developers start looking at Vita as another "controller" for the PS3 as well... could be very interesting to extend "Wii U" like functionality to PS3 games...

We are most definitely living in interesting times...

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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Highlander
Wednesday, August 03, 2011 @ 10:53:40 AM

Karosso,

That should be possible, that was after all what the PSP Remote play capability allowed. The PS3 rendered the game and scaled the output to fit the PSP screen before sending it via ethernet/Internet to the PSP. The PSP's control inputs were exchanged over the network link allowing the PSP to control the action remotely. That would be the minimum type of capability I would expect to see from Vita and PS3. Because Vita is more powerful than PSP and has better networking capabilities, we may see this kind of remote play capability done with less lag in control input and better video quality on the Vita.

Fatahsun,

I still like Nintendo, they have too much history not to, but they have rested on their laurels for far, far too long. The Wii was a lazy product in reality, if they had not been fortunate in finding a great match between casual gamers and the Wiimote controls (which is in reality partly a result of great marketing) the Wii would have fallen flatter than a pancake. But, they have the history, the classic franchises, and a willingness to try to innovate in some ways so they command respect for that at very least. However the WiiU is a horrible design - IMHO, and even the PSP/PS3 combination provides the same capabilities as are being talked about with WiiU. Vita extends things even further with it's cameras, touch surfaces as well as the microphone, sixaxis motion sensing and twin analogs. There are options aplenty for developers to play with. Can you imagine a game like Heavy Rain where the Vita functions as your ARI device using augmented reality features with the camera and motion sensing capabilities? The mind really does begin to boggle at the potential here.

Qubex,

We are indeed, as you say, living in interesting times. I saw a commercial for AT&T yesterday that featured a smart phone doing some of the very things I have been suggesting that the Vita could do. It was using GPS to help the owner navigate, voice recognition, language translation and voice synthesis to translate spoken phrases from the owner to the locals and finally using the camera on the device and it's motion sensing capabilities they showed the owner holding the smartphone up and panning it around and on the screen was the point of view from the camera with place names all called out in english, added as an augmented reality layer over the live point of view.

I wrote about this something like a year ago, and thought that the Vita would be more than capable of it, now AT&T is showing an existing smartphone doing it. Vita will be at least twice as powerful as any current smartphone, so all of this and more is within our grasp.

It's funny, but in a sense I feel like we are seeing the fruition of decades of flights of fancy in science fiction. The entire concept of the Star Trek Tricorder, communicator and universal translator, is encapsulated in these capabilities. That Trek tech, along with any number of other hand held scanning devices in other science fiction series and movies has driven our expectations of what handhelds should be capable of doing, and here we are in 2011, and we are seeing the majority of the capabilities in real devices.

If you'd asked me as few as 10 years ago, I don't think I would have predicted this kind of stuff this quickly. In many ways, this is a great time to be alive.

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Qubex
Wednesday, August 03, 2011 @ 10:02:50 PM

Indeed Highlander... this is why Sony should get this VR headset out as soon as they can...

They need to move the bar again, and I want to ride in my virtual X-Wing fighter and look around the cockpit... and fly by a massive star destroyer...

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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Highlander
Thursday, August 04, 2011 @ 10:26:10 AM

Qubex,

I think you will understand this. I want, no, I need Lucas Arts to get their crap together and make a new X-wing/Tie-Fighgter/Starfighter/Rogue Squadron game on the current generation of console. I don't care if they add motion controls sol long as the flight controls are 100%, and as long as they throw in an easter egg by including an unlockable version of the original Star Wars arcade game, complete with the vector graphics and sound clips from the movie.

I don't want much, I just want what I like.

;)

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sirbob6
Tuesday, August 02, 2011 @ 9:52:55 PM
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Like we needed anymore convincing to buy this.

I can not wait till TGS.

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Pandacastro
Tuesday, August 02, 2011 @ 10:02:14 PM
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3DS and Wii U ain't got nothing on this.

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, August 02, 2011 @ 10:06:46 PM

Wii U has better graphics, but ya I get your point.

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Cesar_ser_4
Tuesday, August 02, 2011 @ 11:36:59 PM

@LV better graphics compared to what?

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, August 02, 2011 @ 11:44:35 PM

Cesar,

The Vita, I figured it was obvious what I was referring to.

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Cesar_ser_4
Wednesday, August 03, 2011 @ 12:35:26 AM

ohh you're talking about the imaginary console nintendo showed off, I thought you were talking about the controller

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LimitedVertigo
Wednesday, August 03, 2011 @ 1:03:32 AM

Duh?. If I was referring to a PS3 article would you assume I was talking about the dualshock controller when mentioning graphics?

Pictures of the WiiU hardware have already been shown, it's obvious Nintendo felt there was more importance on showing off their gimmicky controller at E3 but that doesn't change the fact that the WiiU is said to have better (not by much I'm sure) graphics then this generations current consoles and thus better than what the Vita will do.

Of course it's comparing a console to a handheld but Pandacastro opened that door.

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Cesar_ser_4
Wednesday, August 03, 2011 @ 1:12:39 AM

@LV uhhh yeah I got that... what I didn't get is why compare the vita graphics with the wiiu?. That would be like comparing a 65 inch 1080p tv to an iMax screen...

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LimitedVertigo
Wednesday, August 03, 2011 @ 1:29:46 AM

I was responding to Pandacastro's asinine comment regarding the WiiU having "nothing" on the Vita. I don't understand how you're unable to follow the flow of this conversation.

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Jawknee
Wednesday, August 03, 2011 @ 3:03:03 AM

He just wants to bash Nintendo LV. He can't help himself. He failed when he tried to do it last time too.

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Cesar_ser_4
Wednesday, August 03, 2011 @ 10:05:09 AM

how am I bashing Nintendo this time Mr. Knee???, and how is calling Nintendo the Apple of the videogame consoles "bashing". In that case why don't you say I also "tried" to bash Apple while you're at it?, jeez man I'm telling you, you can't make a few jokes around here... and FYI I have owned every iPhone since the original 3g, I also own an iPod 160gb. I have owned a few of Nintendo consoles and as of right now own all three consoles...(PS3, 360 and Wii)...
PS. If it didn't work last time maybe it was because I wasn't actually trying to...

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Highlander
Wednesday, August 03, 2011 @ 10:58:11 AM

3Ds combined with the new Nintendo Console will be about on par with this. The thing is, Vita, and these kinds of capability are extensions of what has been available with the PSP and PS3 since 2006. I love that Nintendo are looking in the same direction, I think that the integration of a mobile device with the home console is the way to go with regard to the next decade or two of gaming. I love that Sony has been working this ground for a while now, but I am resigned to the fact that they will not be given credit for that work. However, as long as Nintendo and Sony are both working on this kind of technology it will continue to improve. The most unsurprising development to come will be when Microsoft announces that Windows phones can integrate with the 360 via Xbox Live and then claim that it's a completely novel innovation and far in advance of anything Sony or Nintendo can offer. I say unsurprising, because I expect it to happen. Honestly, I'm surprised it hasn't already been announced, I guess Microsoft are slow this year.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, August 02, 2011 @ 10:06:05 PM
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What is that long beep sound? Oh that's the Wii U flatlining.

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, August 02, 2011 @ 10:07:04 PM

Fanboy alert, Fanboy alert!

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Underdog15
Tuesday, August 02, 2011 @ 10:39:40 PM

The Wii U is flatlining?!?! Someone call an ambulance!!!

WIIU-WIIU-WIIU-WIIU







I guess I should apologize in advance for that joke.

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Karosso
Tuesday, August 02, 2011 @ 10:44:37 PM

@Underdog, my orange juice came out through my nose LOL Yes you should apologize :)

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, August 02, 2011 @ 11:13:24 PM

Ya, that was pretty funny Underdog, you're lucky I'm drinking cheap beer.

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Highlander
Wednesday, August 03, 2011 @ 10:59:10 AM

Underdog,

If you say the name WiiU slowly, over and over, it also sounds a little like the theme to Dr Who.

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Clamedeus
Wednesday, August 03, 2011 @ 11:43:49 AM

LOL Underdog, that was a good one. I wasn't expecting that one.

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Underdog15
Wednesday, August 03, 2011 @ 2:39:26 PM

@LV
All beer in the states is cheap. (In cost, not quality)... I'm a little bitter about it still.......

A 6 pack of beer (bottles) here would cost me around $10-11. Stupid government regulated beer sales.... We actually have ads for beer declaring, "Lowest legal price for beer!" They used to advertise 24 for $24.. Then the lowest legal cost got bumped to $25.56...


I want US liquor costs....

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LimitedVertigo
Wednesday, August 03, 2011 @ 6:13:32 PM

Canada sucks... (come on let's be honest about this). Get out of there!!!!


That's crazy about the beer prices. A 24pack of budlight is $14 here.

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Underdog15
Wednesday, August 03, 2011 @ 8:10:20 PM

lol, well the beer prices are the only thing I really like about the US. Felt a huge sense of relief getting back to Canada, that's for damn sure. The women got far prettier once over the river, too. :p You couldn't pay me to leave this sweet-ass country.

In Canada, you can still see people building highrises, and our industry and housing market never stopped growing. :p

As for gov. regulated beer prices, some provinces don't have that anymore. Ontario (where I am) is talking about it now. As is, you can only buy from the LCBO (a store) and "The Beer Store". Both government owned. Should this new bill pass, we'll finally get our booze from any damn corner store that wants to sell it.

By the way, "The Beer Store" is amazing for selection.

Maybe I should write to our local politician to say he's got my vote if he votes for the bill..... maybe I should set up a 1 to 1 meeting perhaps.... Have a little heart to heart... over a glass of scotch...


9 excellent reasons to give props to Canada (I found this really quickly. Lets face it, I don't need to find real reasons as to why Canada is the shiznit. It just is the best!):
http://www.complex.com/girls/2009/01/worldwide-wednesday-the-9-hottest-canadian-women?page=1

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packersfan66
Thursday, August 04, 2011 @ 2:43:19 AM

I die a little inside every time I have to pay $40 for a cheap 24 here in Nova Scotia :(

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Fane1024
Thursday, August 04, 2011 @ 5:36:58 AM

Bud Light isn't beer. It's hamster urine.

...and you'd still need to spend about $25 to get the same amount of alcohol.



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Danny007
Tuesday, August 02, 2011 @ 10:23:12 PM
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Dang, I didn't know the Vita could get any more impressive, but it just did.

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playaplus
Tuesday, August 02, 2011 @ 10:41:18 PM
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im just waiting for a release date. This seems to be what emote play use to be. Use to use remote play akk the time during football. Well, when I wasnt watching my home town team. sucked being limited to mysic and psn some psn games

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FatherSun
Tuesday, August 02, 2011 @ 10:57:23 PM
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I posted on Google+ and Twitter recently, What can the PSVita NOT do? This device will only be limited by the imagination. So many possibilities. And if Android is still in the cards this machine can do almost anything. It depends on how tight Sony locks it down. Secure it YES. But also let the right ones in.

This is what Sony envisioned the PSP to be. Only now the technology has caught up with the idea.

Like I said before. If this goes on sale anywhere in the world this year it will be mine!

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playaplus
Tuesday, August 02, 2011 @ 11:09:23 PM
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read somewhere should hit uk in late october..idk what that means for NA...guess i'll have to wait for TGS

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FatherSun
Tuesday, August 02, 2011 @ 11:23:37 PM

If so, I'll go get it myself!

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Wraith
Tuesday, August 02, 2011 @ 11:37:00 PM
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This is very intriguing technology. It essentially makes the vita better than WiiU. I'm very impressed. This is what remote play should have been. Day 1 purchase.

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JackieBoy
Wednesday, August 03, 2011 @ 12:59:17 AM
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"We have a system called Title User Storage, which allows 1MB of data on our servers for games...".
Ok, I'm 100% that some savegame fles are much biger than 1MB. What then? C'mon Sony you can do better then this, in the times of limitless mailboxes capacity that www sites offer now...

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Highlander
Wednesday, August 03, 2011 @ 11:00:23 AM

Some game saves are greater than 1MB, but why? What can you possibly be storing in a game save that requires more than 1MB of room? I mean, OK if your game save wraps in a fancy animated icon and sound so that it displays nicely on your device, but the actual information in the game save really cannot be that much, especially with decent compression.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, August 03, 2011 @ 1:06:07 AM
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Somebody say something about Transfarring.

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LimitedVertigo
Wednesday, August 03, 2011 @ 1:30:39 AM

You just did.

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Lawless SXE
Wednesday, August 03, 2011 @ 2:02:42 AM

I was going to until I saw your comment. DAMN YOU!!!

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Lawless SXE
Wednesday, August 03, 2011 @ 2:07:12 AM
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The idea of using the unique functions of the Vita as an alternate control method for certain games would be cool. Imagine, for example, using ARI in Heavy Rain and it switches to first person so that you can use the Sixaxis sensing to explore the scene.

That being said, I thought that that was supposed to be Remote Play on the original PSP, which really ended up being a pipedream. Ah well.

Cross platform play is actually really cool, but Kojima beat Sony to the punch with their Continuation Play idea.

All good. Back to patiently waiting for this beast of a device.

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Highlander
Wednesday, August 03, 2011 @ 11:05:27 AM

It was not quite a pipedream Lawless, but the technology available was limited. The PSP lacked camera capability and motion sensing. however you could remotely activate your PS3 from anywhere in the world via the internet and watch video content, play specific games that supported Remote Play and play PS1 classics remotely. So it wasn't a complete bust, it was just limited in what it could do. IMHO Sony failed to tighten the integration of the PSP and PS3. When you plug your PSP into your PS3, there needed to be some level of synchronization of data, allowing automated backup of local save files on the PSP to the PS3, and perhaps even the synchronization of music files and playlists, or specific image folders. That was always something I expected to see happen, but it never did. I hope that it can happen for Vita, but I wouldn't be surprised if we have to wait for PS4 for it. I do hold out hope though.

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Dancemachine55
Wednesday, August 03, 2011 @ 3:29:37 AM
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Dammit Sony!! Stop taking my money with your awesome products!!!

:)

As a side note though, Sony games and Sony products (along with Nintendo games and products) tend to be the only thing I get out of love for. Everything else (the 360, 360 games and some PC games) I only get cos my friends peer pressure me into joining them, and most of the games I never really like in the first place, like Black Ops! (Was so happy when I traded Black Ops towards my Infamous 2 preorder)

Love the Vita. If Modnation Racers, LBP, Ruin and Wipeout 2048 are all launch titles alongside Uncharted Golden Abyss, I predict large periods of PSV shortages throughout December and January, along with many PSV's under Christmas trees!!

Here's hoping the Vita is released around most of the world before Christmas, then I wouldn't need bother making a list of little things. It'd just be the one thing for Christmas, a PS Vita!!

A price drop this soon ain't gonna save the 3DS now. History is once again repeating itself. Gamecube, Virtual Boy... all dropped price within 6 months of release, and all systems tanked!! IGN had an article about it, pretty interesting.

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moonbeamsyndic8
Wednesday, August 03, 2011 @ 3:37:09 AM
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It would have been stupid NOT to think of the Vita as a controller and/or remote display for PS3/4... It's been a much underused concept since the days of the Gamecube/GBA, and Sony failed to make anything of the potential for PSP/PS3 connectivity after that 'Rear View Mirror' demo...

However...

Title User Storage seems like it might be a PREMIUM service- only available to PS+ subscribers... While I'm likely to break the bank to buy a Vita on launch day, I (SADLY) can't afford PS+ at the moment... Paying the rent and feeding the children tend to take precedence over such things...

It certainly does seem that Kojima has influenced Sony into adopting Continuation Play/ Transfaring as a PSN thing- this will be a good thing if Sony make it free... Otherwise I hope Kojima Productions will just carry on as if Sony never noticed, and not use the network version over their own (presumably free-to-use) implementation.

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Vivi_Gamer
Wednesday, August 03, 2011 @ 3:54:36 AM
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Thats all very impressive though I have one major concern about Vita. for the PSP I have been buying UMD's as I like to have the box and disc of a product, Does PS Vita have accessibilty to play UMD's or just the download PSP titles of the PS Store, if so I cant help but feel a little cheated.

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Excelsior1
Wednesday, August 03, 2011 @ 6:18:48 AM

no, it won't play umd. you better hang onto your psp for that. many of the biggest psp titles still are not on the playstation store. mgs peacewalker comes to mind. shocked to see how many games that i was interested in not being there. what's even more sad is most of the games are way more expensive when compared to their retail counterparts. i think not having any kind of video out is a mistake, too.

whatever happened to the resident evil psp game btw?

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WolfCrimson
Wednesday, August 03, 2011 @ 7:00:59 AM

MGS Peacewalker is on the PS Store, I have it digitally on my PSP.

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Excelsior1
Wednesday, August 03, 2011 @ 9:55:10 AM

that is great news peacewalker is on the psn store. it was not there awhile back when i looked. all i could find was the mgs acid games. i almost bought a psp to play peacewalker. i'm with ultima on this one. i always prefer a tangible product in my hands over a purely digital release.

i understand why sony dithched the umd. i think sony has a real chance to cut intoi nintendoi's marketshare this time. 3ds has struggled and nintendo was forced to drop the price so confidence in the platform can be restored. an overpriced system without great titles to drive sales is a problem for nintendo. i sense a real oppurtunity for sony.

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Highlander
Wednesday, August 03, 2011 @ 11:08:32 AM

It's just the downloadable titles - as they said at the initial announcement. I don't know why you'd feel cheated. When you bought your PSP games on UMD, you bought them for your PSP, nothing else. The fact that your downloaded content will work on the Vita is a definite bonus, but the change in media away from UMD was inevitable, so I don't see why you'd feel cheated. Not to mention the fact that UMD has been pronounced dead by pundits for at least the last 5 years now. In a sense there has been fair warning ever since the PSP-Go that UMD was no more.

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Nas Is Like
Thursday, August 04, 2011 @ 1:14:51 PM

Doesn't play UMD? That doesn't sound too good.

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___________
Wednesday, August 03, 2011 @ 4:03:59 AM
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yes it CAN do it...... but how many games WILL do it?
thats one of the biggest problems with $ony.
they put everything on the table, but then leave it up to the developers to actually use them.
if you dont push them, then why would they go to the extra effort to do so?
$ony really need to push this and make it a standard feature for all ps3 games from now on!
ps3 to vita comparability should be like trophy support.
mandatory from the day the vita releases!

other million dollar question is how will the ps3 and psv games be distributed?
wii U lets you play games on the console then transfer them over to the tablet and continue there.
for some reason i cant see $ony allowing that.
so for games which are on both platforms like that adventure game we saw at E3, how will it be distributed?
will everyone who buys it on ps3 get the psv version for free?
or vise versa?
or maybe a discount,or bundle available?
id say they will be totally seperate full priced versions.
$ony are too tight a$$ed to give you 2 games for the price of one!
i just hope it actually gets used!

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Highlander
Wednesday, August 03, 2011 @ 11:13:45 AM

At risk of being obvious, it would depend on the publisher - I think.

Let's say you are AN GameDev Studios Inc. and you have this great game that you've implemented on PS3 and ported to Vita. You've implemented the cloud based saves so that you can go back and forth between the platforms if you so choose. Sony isn't going to make you sell both games separately, that is your decision, or the decision of you and your publisher. Logically it would make sense (to me at least) to adopt a 3 SKU structure in that kind of case. 1) The PS3 game alone, 2) the PS Vita game alone, and 3) the PS3 and PS Vita games in a bundle. With the standard pricing of $60 for the PS3 game and $40 for the Vita game, I'd have to hope that the bundle might come in at $80 at the very most. Actually, unless the game is a really big AAA game, I'd hope for a $50, $30 and $70 structure, but that's me being optimistic, the realist sticks with $60, $40 and $80.

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thj_1980
Wednesday, August 03, 2011 @ 5:09:42 AM
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Sounds almost like Wii U.

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Robochic
Wednesday, August 03, 2011 @ 10:02:55 AM
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Can't wait my wallet is screaming I know what I am asking for christmas and my birthday. :) BTW i will say the 3ds is amazing, not sure about WiiU but I really love my 3ds.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, August 03, 2011 @ 2:05:27 PM

I hope you didn't buy it before the price drop.

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GuyverLT
Wednesday, August 03, 2011 @ 6:42:06 PM

It seems like he did.

Last edited by GuyverLT on 8/3/2011 6:42:21 PM

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Stabs88
Wednesday, August 03, 2011 @ 7:58:55 PM

For real...coulda saved some dough. Unless hes had it for sometime now.

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Fane1024
Thursday, August 04, 2011 @ 5:45:46 AM

Guyver (and Stabs),

*SHE* did.


Last edited by Fane1024 on 8/4/2011 5:47:48 AM

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nath08
Friday, August 05, 2011 @ 7:12:51 AM
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So could I play GTA:IV on my Vita?

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