So, you can use the PlayStation Vita as a PS3 controller

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Sony have stated that they don’t see the Wii U as much of a threat – and that the PS3, combined with their imminent new handheld the PlayStation Vita would be able to provide similar functionality to Nintendo’s new HD console. Well, now they’ve confirmed it – saying the Vita can be used as a PS3 controller, complete with all that fancy touchscreen and gyroscopic tech.

"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," said Sony Europe’s Phil Rogers . "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."

In fact, there’s even cross platform play – something demonstrated  with PlayStation Vita title Wipeout 2048, shown to work with a modified, compatible version of Wipeout HD on the PS3 through the PSN. When can you expect cool cross platform features like this? As soon as the Vita launches, apparently. "At launch we’re going to have some PSN features that work across both platforms," said Rogers. "You could access data on each side and access scoreboards, for example. We’re building on that.Obviously we had to bring certain things on and make sure that servers work against all the features and it doesn’t break the PS3 experience, because there’s a lot of PS3 users.”

There’s even talk of patching in Vita support for older PS3 games. That’s a whole lot of amazing features that sound really fantastic – until you realise that Sony said the same thing about the PSP, something that ended up being severely underutilised. Hopefully Sony puts a little more effort in to it this time. As for it making the Wii U pointless? It’s possible – but the barrier of entry is pretty significant as you’d need a PS3 and the Vita, meaning its unlikely too many developers will take full advantage of these promised features.

Still, sounds exciting, and could lead to some unique PlayStation experiences if handled right.

Source : Eurogamer

Last Updated: August 3, 2011

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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