PlayStation Vita usable as PS3 controller

Sony confirms that developers will be able to incorporate handheld's touch screen, gyroscopic features in their PlayStation 3 titles.

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While the Wii U controller boasts a considerably larger screen than the PlayStation Vita, Sony's handheld boasts many of the same features found as the primary selling point for Nintendo's next console. According to Sony, developers will also be able to incorporate PS Vita compatibility in their PlayStation 3 games, either with direct controls or cross-platform play.

Not quite the DualShock 4.

According to Eurogamer, Sony Europe R&D manager Phil Rogers confirmed for an audience of gamemakers at the Develop Conference last month that the speculated compatibility was possible, and he suggested that Sony would allow cross-talk functions between the two systems "most of the time." Rogers also demonstrated cross-platform play with the PS Vita and PS3 installments of Wipeout and Hustle Kings.

"PS3 can send data down to Vita and Vita can display it," Rogers was quoted as saying. "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."

The PS Vita is set to begin a phased worldwide rollout later this year, though rumors have surfaced pegging the system for a fall launch in both the United States and Europe. For more on the PS Vita, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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XanderZane
XanderZane

@MEDzZ3RO said: @XanderZane According to Gamespot my comment was "flaming". I have two issues with that, the first being that I am correct, secondly that they're implying it's adults who are ignoring the industry.*applauds* Gamespot... I'd agree GTA IV was severely overhyped (subject to opinion) especially when you compare it to San Andreas. I hope to see GTA V return to the over the top style we all love GTA for. Can you actually think of anything wrong with Metal Gear Solid 4? Remember it was released three years ago, compare it with anything from 2008 or before. *********************************************************** The CGI movies for MGS IV were too long at time and some of them were just boring. Also, MGS IV controls were not perfect. In any case, the game was not a 10 in my eyes.

BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

why is there soo much talk about the 3ds here on a ps vita page? For all you nintendo fans go to your own pages this is for the vita comeon!!!

moviequest14
moviequest14

@ calvinsora : Couldn't agree more.NOONE beats Nintendo when it comes to caring about their customers.I wouldn't feel mistreated even if Nintendo offered nothing for early adopters,we obviously thought it was worth the $250 to begin with after all.....but it is even better that they are offering 20 free games.Between that,Iwatas rejection of ''free-to-play'' and Iwata cutting his own pay check by 50% when they have a dry spell it really shows how they step up to the plate and care about their customers (sometimes even more so than making a profit).

calvinsora
calvinsora

@moviequest14: That's-a me, for example. The main reason though was that my DS was falling apart literally, so I needed a replacement. I was also an early adopter with the DS and that turned out, well, amazingly. I've always trusted Nintendo, and I've yet to be disappointed. The Wii was starting to stale but then SMG2 came and changed everything.

moviequest14
moviequest14

@ calvinsora : I agree,the reason 3ds's aren't selling as well as usual is solely because a lot of people feel that they don't need one yet until the major first party titles Nintendo is famous for come out and then purchase the system,so the current slump in 3ds sales hardly matter,once those major titles come out and the 3ds's STILL don't sell (which is highly unlikely) THEN there would be reason to be worried.And again,if history does repeat itself Mariokart and Mario titles ALWAYS sell like hot-cakes and I doubt there will be much exception for 3ds.Those who have purchased a 3ds within the first couple launch months are the ones who will more than likey (about a year from now) be the ones who had the pride of saying they saw the success of 3ds BEFORE the major titles came out and aren't just the gold-diggers who came only once they saw good titles.Kind of like...shall we say..the ''beta testing'' of 3ds,it is not quite the prettiest thing on earth at first but those who did see its potential are the ones who have the bragging rights once it blooms.

calvinsora
calvinsora

@moviequest14: Oh, don't worry, I didn't think so, I just mentioned that as an additional post to my OP, it was more an aside. I'm pretty sure that the Vita will do well, but I also think that if history has proven anything, it's that Nintendo is serious about their portables. The high initial price, that many seem to ridicule, does nothing to change that.

moviequest14
moviequest14

@ calvinsora : Actually I never stated that wii-u has beaten vita or that vita is a copy of wii-u,in fact I agree that vita is it's own thing and is completely different than wii-u idea.About wii-u succeeding over vita....history usually repeats itself and if it follows through like last generation's portables (the without a doubt inferior ((tech wise)) ds wiped the floor with psp ((the tech-wise superior portable)) ) then the 3ds which would not only be cheaper but also have a lot less of a field difference in tech is apt to succeed more than vita...but nothing is carved in stone yet and no matter what I can ALMOST guarantee vita will do better than psp did.Honestly I try not to make it practice to even compare home-consoles to handhelds (success wise) as it is natural for home systems to sell more than portables,which doesn't tell how each individual system sold for its group.

calvinsora
calvinsora

@moviequest14: This is a Sony news article, don't hope to sway the opinion of many here. I think Nintendo is far and away the better *developer* of the two, that I agree with. However, seeing how neither Wii U or the Vita have been released, actually claiming that one will be better than the other in any sense is very silly. As for the mechanic itself, it is not an inherent feature for either system, so it isn't upstaging anything. It's just doing something that has been possible ever since the GBA was usable as a controller with Four Swords Adventure.

calvinsora
calvinsora

The problem with this is that the games would have to be PSV enabled, while the Wii U has it built in. Not to mention that you'd also need a PSV and PS3 to make this work. Sort of inconsequential, personally.

Frimmel
Frimmel

It seems to me the biggest issue would be it doesn't seem financially viable to specifically develop cross device games. It seems it would have to be 'for' one system or the other with the cross function stuff as an additional mode that even if you didn't have PS3 and Vita you'd still want to play. I'd love to see someone step up with a turn based strategy game making use of both systems.

Frimmel
Frimmel

This feature of the Vita will certainly elevate it over the WiiU in my book: fully portable with the possibilities the WiiU controller provides for more screen real estate or restricting information to one player in multiplayer local games. Also given the processing power of the Vita I suspect devs won't be limited to only one controller for that type of game. It is tough to see the WiiU as a better option especially if you already have a PS3.

Cedar-Teeth
Cedar-Teeth

great news! maybe i will buy a PSVITA now, because i own a PS3, but not on day one, first i wanna see that there are really good games for it! and not the bad quality games from the PSP. but that is just my opinion

moviequest14
moviequest14

@ kkthesonicfan : Here's a newsflash for you...games last because they are GOOD Sony abandons their first party titles with almost every new console because they think those titles will not do well,there is no need to fix what isn't broken for Nintendo's First Party Titles,I see you are completely ignorant to the reviews of Nintendo's First Party titles...all of which score AT LEAST positive reviews,as much as you wish it to be it is far from the truth that Nintendo titles have lost little if any quality over time and have lasted longer than ANY of Sony's First Party titles.Let's throw some fact out here...you know what the highest acclaimed shooter of all time is? No...not a ps3 shooter title which many claim to be ps3's strong point...Metroid Prime,a NINTENDO first party title...and guess what? not ONE ps3 exclusive OR first party is in the top 10 of those...What about most purchased fps? again..not one ps3 exclusive/3rd party registers on the list...What about Highest critically acclaimed kart game? Super Mario Kart...(and mariokart super-circuit in 2nd)..think that success died out years ago? Most purchased game of all time...Wii-Sports (and before you claim it was packaged with wii most purchased non-bundled game is wii-play) Highest critically acclaimed game of all time? Ocarina of Time..how about highest acclaimed platformer? Mario Galaxy series (a MODERN nintendo title might I add) if you think sony is the king of gaming you are sadly mistaken.

alexweile
alexweile

@Heroesfan261 Erh.. actually they require us to buy a whole new console.. We need to buy the PSVita.. I'm looking forward to see how Vita is going to work. Both Wii U and Vita is good for gamers!

heroesfan261
heroesfan261

So essentially playstation is doing the only thing that made the wii u unique. And sony isn't requiring us to buy a whole new console for it. good luck keeping up nintendo.

anthonycg
anthonycg

Who's arguing on the internet? :?

kkthesonicfan
kkthesonicfan

Thats another thing I hate about Nintendo they put gimmicks in there systems then makes games that overuse and abuse them in areas that are not nessecary.Like in New SMB Wii u have to shake ur wii_-mote up and down to to that weird spinning thing when that could've just been a tap of a button same with Donkey Kong country returns.

kkthesonicfan
kkthesonicfan

@moviequest14 Lol being a Nintendo fanboy u can not dare say waiting to see a larger/wider variety of games when Nintendo has been making the same thing for over 20 years,but with Sony every system they make theres always a huge selling new franchise. PS1:Spyro,Crash,WipEout PS2:Rachet and Clank,Jak and Daxter,God of War,Killzone PSP:Papaton,Locco Roco,Patchwork Heroes, PS3:Uncharted,Resistance,LBP,Modnation,Infamous Really Nintendo hasn't made a good new franchise for over a decade now and u Nintendo fanboys our eating out of there palms even though there feeding u the same thing over and over for years and years I won't be surpised when I see a 50 year aniversy of Mario and Zelda.Nintendo sucks I won't be on there side or buying there sh1t until they make a good new franchise and learn that systems aren't always about gimmicks it's about what they could really do and it needs a game that puts it in its full potential.Not half-a$$ed games thatd be better off a board game.

superxtreme101
superxtreme101

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superxtreme101

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shadowhunter0
shadowhunter0

@foxfacer2d2 um the vita is more than just a controller it has tons of other feature like its own games it is pretty a portable ps3 that you can use has a controller for your ps3 but that isn't it only feature

WolfGrey
WolfGrey

@foxfacer2d2 Most of the news and rumors still point to this year for Vita. Im not being fanatic, i just have gaming as a hobby and something that entertains me.I also play most games for the challenge, when consoles go casual, gamers like me lose.And its spreading, which means more casual gamers overtaking the core gamers.This in turn creates easier games because of their complaints.As time goes on this effects more and more games to the point where difficulty is cut permanently.This has been going on for years. If you have been in the gaming community as long as i have you would easily see where my anger comes from. As for using the Vita as a controller, its a option.Not a requirement, thats even mentioned. So better gimmick controller(Vita) and better true controller(PS Dualshock). Im so harsh on Nintendo only because, its their fault casual games have taken wing so well.The big online casual games and companies you see now didn't get their boom til the Wii's casual gaming went so big.The problem before was only a slow creeping one.Now its a big problem for core gamers and will continue to be so.Even Epic was worried about it.And thats sad. No kidding anyone can survive without a console, but what site are you on eh?

KaizerJinn
KaizerJinn

this just keeps getting better and better. ^_^

foxfacer2d2
foxfacer2d2

@WolfGrey haven't you heard the news?the vita it'll be out until next year as the Wii U. Nothing to be so fanatic here because you should realize these are just game consoles which is less important than stuff you really might need. you can survive without it. to me?a 250$ dollar controller. hell no, it'll break. ill use my 3rd dualshock 4 instead.

WolfGrey
WolfGrey

It also means the WiiU will be outdated on launch which makes me laugh til my side hurts.Especially since the Vita will be out long before it.

WolfGrey
WolfGrey

@megakick Really?... Yes Sony was working with Nintendo originally when Nintendo's workplace and bad management at the time forced Sony to leave.Then Sony's Playstation became a top seller far more than any Nintendo system then on.At least any real(i consider the Wii a fake console with its severe lack of anything worthwhile) console. Its not like Sony is copying, they had announced the "Transfarring" method a long time ago and even longer ago hinted at psp's playing on the ps3.The latter never came fully true but it was the basis for the WiiU's idea.Nintendo is trying to catch up in the real gaming world after taking part in the casual. But it looks bad for them when the 3DS is doing terribly and the Vita has a much stronger lineup.And to add to that the Vita and Ps3 together can probably do it better. This isnt fanboy nonsense.I just lost any respect for Nintendo after the Wii.The WiiU was just the finishing blow.

gangster480
gangster480

anyone think down the line sony will make games that works like the wii u? i mean vita has front and back camera.

megakick
megakick

Its' what Sony does even the PS1 was originally a addon cd player for SNES. Don't be so hard on SONY at least they can can copy correctly because their proprietary wares are pretty unsuccessful and fail.

Shinjikami
Shinjikami

Well I think it's great. It's possibly what the PSP should have been from the start, haha.

pH347m3
pH347m3

Excellent news. Now I want the Vita even more.

Granpire
Granpire

This is great news for all of us who already own a PS3, but I just wish they would allow you to do the opposite: use a PS3 controller with the Vita. This was something I liked about the Go, but so far, there are "no plans to implement this" in the Vita.

Henrique2324
Henrique2324

@GunGriffin - 400 bucks? You're smoking some heavy stuff man! It's 300 bucks for the 3g model and 250 for the non 3g model.

Henrique2324
Henrique2324

@moviequest14 - Dis is sony's turf, brodah.

StryfeBringer
StryfeBringer

I guess they are taking a step to neutralize the Wii U's tablet controller. Considering what I have seen, I think I would rather use a PSVita as a controller than the tablet Wii U controller.

KrazzyDJ
KrazzyDJ

I sincerely hope the Vita does not end up becoming just a $250 controller for the Play Station 3 !!!

kaiserzero61
kaiserzero61

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ebookerd1
ebookerd1

Next Gen: The battle for the most expensive controller....LOL

steelmouth
steelmouth

hopefully i should be able to afford both of em some time next year provided ofcoz that ther is no announcement of ps4

CorruptGamerGX
CorruptGamerGX

@shadowhunter0 I just received 3 moderations in a row today. To be expected when you state the truth fanboys can't handle.

shadowhunter0
shadowhunter0

@GunGriffin wrong on the price it is $300 for teh 3g version and $250 for the non 3g version and those are false rumors about Sony dumbing down the specs of the vita

shadowhunter0
shadowhunter0

wtf is with this site I'm getting modded when I shouldn't and people that should get modded don't

Sigil-otaku
Sigil-otaku

Nice Sony, Copy more :// Obviously it'll still not be as good as the Wii U implementation since that will be done more often (it's a more apparent feature of the console) and has a bigger screen for better transfer of consoles to the handheld / controllers screen. I respect Sony is trying the 'do it all' attitude but that can backfire if it seems like your just copying others and not focusing on any feature enough to deliver it properly (like backwards compatibility or other OS). In the end they need to focus at times, like I tried the Love film feature on PS3 only to be bored of it within one night due to a lack of content. If you don't focus then you generally offer a poor feature and Sony is good at doing a lot but needs to work on improving what it does and not just trying to chuck every feature under the sun hap hazardly in.

CorruptGamerGX
CorruptGamerGX

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moviequest14
moviequest14

@ CorruptGamerGX : As I said,I am through with this,before you start trying to declare victory and act like you are clever (which you,by the way,are not as much as you hope.)I still do have much more to say,but it would be a waste,because you will continue to deny whatever I tell you and continue praising sony like the fan-boy (or Sony-sheep as you seem to find that term so entertaining)that you are.I am not taking you down any level,you seem much more desperate to boast your ps3 praises than anybody else here,so find somebody else to waste your time with because I have better things to do with my time and even entertaining you by trying to continue the discussion wouldn't be worth the comment space.And if you reply to this with your snide comments you will only be doing it for your own self-confidence because I am through.

MEDzZ3RO
MEDzZ3RO

@XanderZane According to Gamespot my comment was "flaming". I have two issues with that, the first being that I am correct, secondly that they're implying it's adults who are ignoring the industry.*applauds* Gamespot... I'd agree GTA IV was severely overhyped (subject to opinion) especially when you compare it to San Andreas. I hope to see GTA V return to the over the top style we all love GTA for. Can you actually think of anything wrong with Metal Gear Solid 4? Remember it was released three years ago, compare it with anything from 2008 or before.

GunGriffin
GunGriffin

Honestly fanboyish debates aside this things problems are going to be the fallowing, or are already known: 1. Way to expensive, 400 for the 3G wi-fi model, and 300 for the none 3G model? even before the newest price drop the 3DS was cheaper. by 50 big ones............. 2. There is still no word on how this thing will work or what kind of OS, and game related support features it will have, if the support struture is anything close to the PSP system it will fall vary short in terms of content, and sales. Sony needs to realize that the way to beat XBL is to become them. Not do a poor free to play model that is even less fun to use then most free to play MMORPGs on PC. 3.There is no word on what is being taken out or dumbed down as of that announcement 3 months after E3 about Sony gutting features, and specs from the PS-Vita. they gutted down the Micro GPU, the controller imputs, or chose to go cheap end on the wi-fi features it's going to have major drawbacks to own what is going to be an expensive handheld. Now all this aside I would like to own a handheld that was like the PSP but without all the cheating crap online, and with a much better support structure then the PS3. Don't get me wrong some games on PS3 have killer support: Little big Planet Mod Nation Racers Uncharted Killzone Resistance

XanderZane
XanderZane

@MEDzZ3RO said: @XanderZane "copying" you kids are funny. Where do you think the industry would be if nobody "copied" eachother? Systems wouldn't improve, genres wouldn't evolve, it's necessary. Besides, correct me if I'm wrong but Sony had the idea when the PS3 launched with the PSP, it just didn't have the power to pull it off. I believe Sega had the concept with the Gamegear and Genesis as well. Innovation isn't what's necessary if every key element is improved upon. Just look at MGS4, it didn't bring anything new to the industry but everything was implemented brilliantly hence why it's so critically acclaimed. ******************************************************** MGSIV brilliant? No. It was a great game, but got such high scores because of it being over-hyped. Same thing happened with GTAIV. Neither game deserved a 10 score in my opinion. After you play and beat both games and they go back and think about it, each games had enough flaws to bring the 10 score down to a 9. Every company copy others. That's a know fact, but Sony seems to have made it an art form and does it the most out of all the other gaming companies who have released hardware. The were the first to utilize CD's in a game console though.