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Report: All PS4 Games To Support PS Vita Remote Play

Jonathan Lester
Playstation 4, PS Vita, Remote Play, Rumour, Sony
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Report: All PS4 Games To Support PS Vita Remote Play

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.

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DivideByZero  May. 29, 2013 at 15:36

Just as long as all games will not be limited by this, it's a win.

That said... remote play is a bit daft... why use one device when you can use two? Double the power, half the enjoyment.

Will it work the other way round? So you can play your Vita's game on your TV through the PS4?

JonLester  May. 29, 2013 at 16:18

"Will it work the other way round? So you can play your Vita's game on your TV through the PS4?"

I'm not an expert on the Vita's inner workings, but I doubt that the handheld has the built-in video encoder or processing power required to facilitate reverse remote play (the PS4 has an H.264 encoder built directly into the hardware). See also: other things I barely understand.

It's more likely that Sony will look to make more of the 'cross buy' initiatives that let you secure two versions of the same game IMO.

I'd love to be proven wrong, though.

Last edited by JonLester, May. 29, 2013 at 16:29
DivideByZero  May. 29, 2013 at 17:15

Yeah, I too doubt that it would do it... but I would play my VITA a lot more if I could also play it on my TV. Currently still playing Persona 4... would be nice to not have to sit in my living room on the Vita... next to my 55" TV...

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