Three more reasons to like cross-platform gameplay

As portable gaming devices get better and better, the overlap between the games only becomes increasing more evident. Obviously, the PS Vita is still dwarfed by its older brother, the PS3, when it comes to just pure power, but the gap is not as wide as it once was.

Sony seems to think so too, as they are starting to push the compatibility between the two pieces of hardware. For instance, PS Vita owners will be able to compete against their PS3 counterparts across four different tracks on day of launch. The exact details are:

  • If you purchase Hustle Kings for PS Vita, you will get Hustle Kings on PS3 for free. If you already own Hustle Kings on PS3, you’ll be able to download the PS Vita version for free.
  • If you purchase WipEout 2048, you will be able to download WipEout 2048’s DLC packs, WipEout HD and HD Fury for free when they launch on PS Vita later this spring (if you already own the PS3 versions)
  • DLC purchased for the PS3 version of Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 can be used on the PS Vita version for free (and vice versa).

You definitely won’t find my complaining about getting free stuff.

But what could be more important is how this cross-platform concept together with Remote Play plays out. If you look at Nintendo’s Wii U, their whole pitch is that the controller, with its embedded screen, can be more integral into the overall gameplay. You have to imagine that Sony is thinking the same thing – that the PS Vita could eventually be used together with the PS3 if it sells well. Imagine playing Madden NFL on the PS3, but using the PS Vita to pick your plays discreetly. Or imagine using the touchscreen to act as a mouse for a PS3 game. There are so many amazing ways this could be utilized. I hope that they get creative.

Source : PlayStation Blog