Sony: Wii U will inspire PS Vita devs to experiment

By Debabrata Nath, Wednesday, 8 June 2011 09:57 GMT

SCE Worldwide Studios lead Shuhei Yoshida has told Develop that he is interested in Nintendo’s recently announced Wii U, and that it’s likely to inspire developers to carry out experiments for PS Vita.

“It is very interesting the ways that Nintendo went with Wii U, and I was surprised it wasn’t exactly as it had been rumoured,” Yoshida told Develop at E3.

“Already people are starting to ask about linking Vita and PS3 to do something similar, in terms of using two screens, and having controls on the screen.

“That’s very interesting, and we will have to experiment”.

The executive then hinted that such a scenario was already being explored by the developers of the handheld.

“Lots of the things that developers of Vita games are doing, as you may have seen, is experimenting with connectivities between Vita and PS3.

“… The Wipeout [2048] team came up with their cross play ideas, and the other Vita teams have come up with ways of playing with two systems.

“It’s just a matter of time, as we provide the SDKs to developers so they can make use of both PS3 and Vita, and they might come up with something interesting.”

PS Vita’s current catalogue includes some titles playable on both the PS3 and the portable, utilising cloud saves for seamless transitions, but as yet, none with a PS Vita serving a peripheral role to the larger console.

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