Nintendo’s new console is coming (soon!) and its biggest selling point is that it has a fancy new tablet controller. Sony will soon be introducing cross play features between its own console and its new handheld, the Vita – allowing the handheld to function as a controller and second screen, and wholeheartedly believes that it’ll rival whatever the Wii U has to offer.
“We tell our PlayStation fans all the time that what the Wii U is offering is something that Vita and PS3 can do quite easily,” Sony’s John Koller told Engadget.
Sony showed off such functionality recently at Gamescom, demoing a level for LittleBigPlanet 2 that used the Vita as a second screen. It certainly seemed to work pretty well – but there’s one vital thing that Koller’s missing; with the Wii U, everybody who owns one will have the tablet – something can;t be said of PS3 users and the Vita.
“It’s dependent on the content. So we need to make sure the content isn’t force fed,” he said. “And, to us, making sure that the gamer receives the right type of experience is what’s most important. So we’re gonna pick our spots, but that technology does certainly exist here.”
With the low uptake of the Vita, it’s just not feasible for developers – especially 3rd party ones – to go through all the trouble of making crossplay features a reality, giving the Wii U a definite edge here. Still, I don’t think it’s a terrible avenue to explore – and I’d certainly be keen for a little more cross-system functionality.
I’d love to actually use my Vita again for something that isn’t playing old PSOne games.
Last Updated: September 21, 2012