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PlayStation 4′s “potential killer app” might well be remote play with Vita, says Sony

Thursday, 26th September 2013 16:37 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Consumers and pundits alike have been critical of Sony’s PlayStation Vita: it doesn’t have enough games; both the system and its games cost too much; it hasn’t sold well. However, Sony is standing behind its handheld, and the firm’s UK MD and VP Fergal Gara believes the next killer app could be developed for the system.

Speaking with VG247′s Dave Cook at the Eurogamer Expo today, Gara said Sony remains confident of Vita’s position in the marketplace.

“Some people have been critical of PS Vita, and if it wasn’t for the fact that lots of gamers really, really enjoy it, and the feedback has been very good on the device, maybe we’ve been a little less confident,” he said.

“But of course there have been concerns that we’ve progressed from. Chief concerns were the cost of the system and the cost of games. The cost of the machine; it’s now selling in the UK at £50-70 less than it was a year ago, and it’s growing year-on-year.

“We’re really pleased. It’s been hard work, but we’ve got there.”

Gara said as far as the price of games were concerned, titles are now coming out at a lower price than they were a year ago as well. Plus, there’s the option to purchase Mega Packs which come with up to 10 games and a memory card contained within the price of the console – for free. Also, there’s the fact that PlayStation Plus offers an instant game collection across three platforms now, and with the launch of PlayStation 4 in November, it too will be included.

With the launch of the new console, Sony is also banking on remote play features between PS Vita and PS4, something Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida wants all first-party games to contain.

Plus, many third-party developers are including remote play with new PS4 titles, and Gara believes Sony’s next “killer app” can come out of it.

“The potential killer app might well be the remote play with PlayStation 4,” he said. “For example, Watch Dogs is playable on PS Vita over wi-fi and that is very, very exciting.

“To say we should write-off PS Vita … absolutely not. We’re hitting the numbers we want to hit today. We’re pleased, it’s very ambitious going into the big season.”

PlayStation 4 hits the US on November 15, and Europe November 29.

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  1. pukem0n

    no it won’t.

    nobody uses it with his Wii U and nobody will use this, sorry.

    #1 7 months ago
  2. VibraniumSpork

    @2 Ugly comparison…there’ll be more PS4s in people’s homes in about the first half-hour of the system’s launch that there are WiiU’s in use right now. Plus, there’s a wider range of ‘big’ titles to use this with…c’mon, you’re not jazzed at the idea of carrying on your BF4 game on the Vita when your girl walks into the living room wanting to watch Eastenders?

    If you’ve got a PS4 and a Vita, I reckon you’ll be using this feature pretty regularly. If you don’t have a Vita, this may well sorely tempt you to buy one…at the right price.

    #2 7 months ago
  3. Sini

    gamepad screen on wii u is a piece of trash compared to vita screen, i can’t wait for remote play between vita and ps4 games. Unless you own a stupidly expensive plasma, that oled screen on vita is better than the display on your hdtv in the family room.

    #3 7 months ago
  4. Lengendaryboss

    I Have made my feelings on remote play very clear, if anyone wants to know what they are you can ask.

    #4 7 months ago
  5. VibraniumSpork

    @4 You sexy l’il tease you! ( http://www.reactiongifs.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/werk.gif ) ;)

    #5 7 months ago
  6. dizzygear

    “and the feedback has been very good on the device”

    Yes the device is great. The lack of games is not.
    At least they hinted at Gravity rush 2 a while ago. Than again we dont know if its a Vita title.

    #6 7 months ago
  7. Lengendaryboss

    @5
    Seriously? http://thegrio.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/michael-jordan-laughs.gif?w=320&h=240

    @6
    Gravity Rush 2 is a PS Vita title.

    #7 7 months ago
  8. MFBB

    Well I would love to play some PS Vita games on PS3 or PS4 (I dont have a PS Vita).

    It would be cool if they offer that with Gakai.

    #8 7 months ago
  9. fearmonkey

    Actually I have a few friends on the fence regarding PS4 and Xbone that this would be perfect for. One has his PS4 and gaming setup in the basement and his PC’s in his 2nd floor. His bedroom is on the first floor, and if he could get a vita and be able to play anywhere in the house a PS4 game, that would be very nice!.

    I’ll eventually get a vita just for this feature.

    #9 7 months ago
  10. Clupula

    As someone who will eventually get a PS4, I don’t care at all about Vita remote play. I don’t play handhelds. Period. Why should I strain my eyes on a tiny screen when I have an HDTV to play with.

    Now, Vita TV…that’s something Sony would be stupid to not bring West. If they seriously keep that in Japan, that’s just throwing money away.

    #10 7 months ago
  11. antraxsuicide

    If Sony is smart, they’ll avoid what they did to the Vita with the PS4. The Vita had a great price advantage, which they promptly crapped on with the memory cards.

    With PS4, they have the price advantage (again), but they don’t need to make the Vita itself into those damn memory cards. Don’t advertise Remote Play! It would mean (from a consumer perspective) that you’re not getting the full PS4 experience without a Vita, which costs another $200 (plus games and memory for it, since no one would just use it for Remote Play).

    That would kill the price advantage over MS, which is a huge bonus for them considering their software and features aren’t as comprehensive.

    #11 7 months ago
  12. Francis O

    #2VibraniumSpork
    @2 Ugly comparison…there’ll be more PS4s in people’s homes in about the first half-hour of the system’s launch that there are WiiU’s in use right now.

    —– lol, nice Joke bro. Not with the Japanese launch delayed till Feb 22nd.

    @1

    I know a ton of people who use Off-TV play. Your blanket statement of nobody uses it is stupid, and based on nothing but your own imagination.

    The biggest difference between the Vita and Wii U is the Wii U Gamepad comes with every system, when the Via doesn’t come with each PS4.

    Price is also a factor as well. PS4 + Vita + PS Plus + 1 Game = Over $700. A lot of people don’t have that type of money to drop to play a game on a smaller screen.

    #12 7 months ago
  13. Dragon246

    @2,
    You would do well to ignore #12, he is …. a bit of a ninty loony.

    #13 7 months ago
  14. Lengendaryboss

    @13
    Thats just putting it gently ;)

    #14 7 months ago
  15. pcbros

    Hard to have a killer app if it requires the addition of a $200 device (Vita). They should have a Vita bundle.

    Also, if someone buys a game on their PS4 and stream it to the Vita, how likely are they of buying the Vita version of the same game (at full price) just to play it on the go? Seems like this could potentially hurt Vita game sales.

    Does anyone know if I buy a game on my PS4 through the PSN, will I automatically have access to the Vita version of said game?

    #15 7 months ago
  16. Lengendaryboss

    @15
    “how likely are they of buying the Vita version of the same game (at full price) just to play it on the go? Seems like this could potentially hurt Vita game sales.”

    http://now-here-this.timeout.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/url-19.gif

    Another reason as to why i think remote play is a bad idea.

    “Does anyone know if I buy a game on my PS4 through the PSN, will I automatically have access to the Vita version of said game?”
    Depends if its cross-buy.

    Like this for example is triple-cross-buy: http://blog.us.playstation.com/2013/05/07/hohokum-coming-to-ps4-ps3-ps-vita-in-2014/
    “The current plan is to make it 3-way cross buy+save”

    #16 7 months ago