The Vita's utility as a companion device for the PS4 will likely help boost sales for Sony's flagging handheld, and may have received another feather in its cap. According to a new report from Digital Foundry, all PS4 games will include Remote Play as standard, allowing us to free up the telly while continuing on the handheld.
Digital Foundry's "trusted PlayStation 4 developer source with a proven track record for accuracy" claims that Sony has mandated all developers to implement Remote Play going forward, unless a game specifically requires PlayStation Eye input. 1080p gameplay will be downscaled to 960x544 resolution before being transmitted to the Vita unit as a low-latency streaming video, with control inputs sent back to the console. As you doubtlessly know, a handful of PS3 games already support Remote Play to great effect, so the technology is proven and ready to be rolled out on a larger scale.
Despite offering a few exquisite titles, the PlayStation Vita has been somewhat stagnant of late. Remote Play, alongside exciting potential for use as a secondary map, inventory screen or customisable interface in traditional titles, could well be shot of adrenaline it needs.