Sony: Vita could be used as PS3 controller

Tuesday, 2 August 2011 11:43 GMT By Johnny Cullen

PlayStation Vita could be used to become a Wii U-like controller for PlayStation 3 content, Sony said recently at Develop.

R&D manager at SCEE Phil Rogers said at a session at the Brighton event last a couple of weeks that, out of many possibilities of what can be done with the handheld and PS3, you could “drive a display from a PS3 game, for example.”

He continued: “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.

“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 also confirmed that Hustle Kings would have cross-platform support for Vita and PS3, and that Remote Play support would be included from launch, adding that developers could retroactively add in support for Vita into its PS3 games.

Vita is due out in at least one region later this year. More details are expected on the launch period during Sony’s gamescom press conference two weeks today and at Shuhei Yoshida’s TGS keynote next month.

Thanks, Eurogamer.

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