PlayStation UK boss Fergal Gara says that the cross platform capabilities between the PS3 and PS Vita will soon be a major feature that Sony will fully make use of. “The market needs something fresh and new,” he told CVG. “I think the market is ready for it – the UK market in particular, where console penetration is extremely high.
“And I think it’s very important for the PlayStation brand, because the story we’re not really hammering hard at this early stage, in order to keep it fairly simple, is the whole cross-play story – something which is powerful today, and will become more and more so as the developers get to grips with its possibilities.
“It’s what I call a better-together story. The PlayStation 3 and PS Vita are each other’s best accessories. MotorStorm RC is probably one of the best examples of where, for less than a fiver, you get the console edition and the portable edition. So really, we’re packing a lot of value and the whole PlayStation ethos into that title.”
When asked if it was true that Sony had blocked remote play of PS3 games via PS Vita, Jonathan Fargher, senior PR manager for Sony Computer Entertainment Europe said: “We haven’t blocked it. We showed the Killzone camera, streaming games to the PS Vita, but regarding that specific feature, we’ll be making more announcements in the near future. As you know, PS3 firmware updates add new functions all the time.”
“I think we’re getting our heads around what it is we want people to be able to do, and what we should promote,” Gara said. “With or without that remote access, I think there’s a huge amount in cross-play that remains to be explored.
“We haven’t said very much at all about how the best accessory for the PS3 is the PS Vita, and vice-versa, but there’s more to come and we expect that to build. We wanted to keep the message simple at the start, which is: this is the best version of console gaming you can ever take on the move with you.”