Feeds

Sony Vita to control PlayStation 3

Wii U, me too

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Sony is touting a new feature for PlayStation 3 that uses the forthcoming PS Vita as a controller, in a way that sounds suspiciously similar to Nintendo's next-gen console, the Wii U

Sony Europe's Phil Rogers talked-up the Vita's Wii U-like capabilities at the Develop Conference 2011 this week, Eurogamer reports.

Sony NGP

"Here's a few boring technical ideas: you could drive a display from a PS3 game… send data down to Vita and Vita can display it," he said.

According to the R&D Manager, the Vita's gyroscope and controls - including the rear-touchpad - could be used as a control device for a PS3 game too.

"You can run software on both devices and use the network to sync the game states. And that's pretty good, because you then have the processing power of PS3 doing that work, Vita [handling] fancy graphics - however you want to do it. You're not sacrificing the PS3's CPU to be able to have a rich experience on Vita."

Sony went on to demonstrate the Vita's cross-platform playability, highlighting the Remote Play function, which'll be available from launch. That allows users to stream video content from their PS3 to the Vita.

However, it's the 'Continuation Play' we're looking forward to the most, being able to play a game on one device and take it on the move with the other.

Ruin

As it stands, the only announced Vita game that uses this function is Ruin, a Diablo-esque RPG pictured above, however more will no doubt follow.

If Vita - expected in late October - effectively turns the PS3 into a Wii U, what effect will that have on Nintendo's plans to launch its next-gen console in 2012?

The Wii was a huge success much due to its unique selling point of motion control, but if the Wii U has nothing cutting-edge except slightly better graphics, it risks falling flat on its face, especially with its competitors gearing up their respective followups.

And after last week's stock drop due to 3DS price cuts, that would be the last thing Ninty needs right now. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know
'Missy' Cummings on UAVs, smartcars and dying from boredom
Xperia Z3: Crikey, Sony – ANOTHER flagship phondleslab?
The Fourth Amendment... and it IS better
Don't wait for that big iPad, order a NEXUS 9 instead, industry little bird says
Google said to debut next big slab, Android L ahead of Apple event
Microsoft to enter the STRUGGLE of the HUMAN WRIST
It's not just a thumb war, it's total digit war
Netscape Navigator - the browser that started it all - turns 20
It was 20 years ago today, Marc Andreeesen taught the band to play
A drone of one's own: Reg buyers' guide for UAV fanciers
Hardware: Check. Software: Huh? Licence: Licence...?
The Apple launch AS IT HAPPENED: Totally SERIOUS coverage, not for haters
Fandroids, Windows Phone fringe-oids – you wouldn't understand
Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores
The, er, Beats go on after noise-cancelling spat
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.