Most PS4 games required to support Vita Remote Play

When Sony debuted PS4, it showcased the ability to stream games to Vita via Remote Play. And apparently, supporting Sony's handheld is now mandatory for most games coming to Sony's new home console.

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When Sony debuted PS4, it showcased the ability to stream games to Vita via Remote Play. And apparently, supporting Sony's handheld is now mandatory for most games coming to Sony's new home console.

"Yes, it's true unless the game requires specific hardware like the camera," Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida said on Twitter. "It will be great to play PS4 games on PS Vita."

The decision will certainly be a boon for the long-suffering Vita handheld, which has struggled to attract a significant audience. However, it will cause more work for PS4 developers, as they will have to make sure that the game can be controlled with Vita's more restrictive pad. Compared to DualShock 4, Vita features two fewer shoulder buttons, and is missing L3 and R3 buttons in the sticks. Vita's dual touch panels will undoubtedly come into play to replicate some of these functions.

Digital Foundry notes that Remote Play works by downscaling 1080p video from PS4 to Vita's native 960x544 resolution. "Downscaling the native 1080p image for the Vita screen will lose some detail, but on the plus side we should get some great 'built-in' SSAA from the downsampling effect." a developer said in their report.

Remote Play support of console games is not new. However, support on PS3 and PSP was limited due to the software video encoding necessary via Cell SPUs, which would take away from the performance of the game. Streaming PS4 games to a handheld won't take a performance hit however, because Sony's new console "features bespoke hardware video encoding for Remote Play," meaning the mandate won't cost developers any additional computational power.

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    May 29, 2013 10:00 AM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, Most PS4 games required to support Vita Remote Play.

    When Sony debuted PS4, it showcased the ability to stream games to Vita via Remote Play. And apparently, supporting Sony's handheld is now mandatory for most games coming to Sony's new home console.

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      May 29, 2013 10:01 AM

      I saw a friend post this on Facebook, but from some site I'd never heard of. This...this pleases me.

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      May 29, 2013 10:10 AM

      this is cool but hopefully its not a huge drag for devs to implement

      if this feature works well this will sell me a vita prolly

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        May 29, 2013 10:19 AM

        WiiU already does it with the GamePad and some games (notably NSMBU and I think all Virtual Console stuff), so it's not unprecedented. I'm definitely interested in a Vita now, too.

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        May 29, 2013 10:21 AM

        There is built in hardware in the PS4 that was specifically stated to handle this feature and they mentioned in the PS4 reveal that they will be providing a dead simple API to handle remote play.

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      May 29, 2013 10:13 AM

      That's awesome. It's kind of a pain to stream from the PS3 to the Vita now, so I hope they have stuff like waking the PS4 and starting the stream built in to tie to your Vita.

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      May 29, 2013 10:17 AM

      Hopefully they can figure out the 4 shoulder button issue with this. They can probably just map the buttons to the left and right sides of the rear touchpad but not sure how that will feel actually using for a lot of games that make heavy use of all 4 shoulder buttons.

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      May 29, 2013 10:20 AM

      That's nice. I would probably by a Vita in that case.

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      May 29, 2013 10:33 AM

      The big question will be: is it as lag-free as the Wii U remote play? Nintendo spent a lot of effort minimizing the lag between the console and the gamepad.

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        May 29, 2013 10:52 AM

        yes, the wii-u gamepad is just fantastic, in terms of lag anyway

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        May 29, 2013 11:21 AM

        I played through God of War HD mostly using remote play and it pretty snappy as far as I can remember.

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      May 29, 2013 10:36 AM

      awesome.

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      May 29, 2013 10:59 AM

      As a vita owner: yay

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      May 29, 2013 11:14 AM

      Sounds great, I bought a Vita last year which was fun for 2 months then forgot about it. But now people will pay an extra $200 bucks on top of a PS4.

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      May 29, 2013 11:58 AM

      How will controls transfer easily? Doesn't the PS4 have 2 more buttons than the Vita?

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      May 29, 2013 1:10 PM

      Iwonder if they really mean support like all DS games were required to support the touchscreen... by having one button and a logo on it or something.

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      May 29, 2013 3:36 PM

      That sounds really rad. Makes me want a PS4 and a Vita.

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        May 29, 2013 3:39 PM

        Is there really a point to the 3G vita?

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          May 29, 2013 5:08 PM

          I'm guessing not.

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            May 29, 2013 5:14 PM

            It's not reliable enough for multiplayer, so no.

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            May 29, 2013 5:15 PM

            Only thing I ever saw was playing MP games on the go, but I can't imagine they were particularly popular among Vita purchasers. I likely would not get one.

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            May 29, 2013 5:26 PM

            Thanks ambient80 and enhancedinterrogator.

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          May 29, 2013 8:34 PM

          It's only $50 more on Amazon and you get a free game and a year of Playstation Plus. I guess it would be a good deal if you want PS+ anyway.

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      May 29, 2013 3:40 PM

      Define "remote play" - just inthe same house on wifi or what? Is it just streaming video of the game? If so, I'm ok with this. If re-texturing or calculations / lot of work needs to be done to support this, that sucks.

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        May 29, 2013 3:51 PM

        Yeah, it's over local wifi, streaming video. The big concern is that the Vita has four less buttons (L2/R2/L3/R3) but also has more touch screen (both front and back), so depending on the game it might not be a big deal.

        It's still going to need some overhead/QA just to test it but hopefully most of that will be on Sony to fix.

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          May 29, 2013 4:13 PM

          If they can assign buttons to the rear touch screen, it might work quite easily

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            May 29, 2013 4:17 PM

            Is the back touch pressure sensitive? R2 & L2 are analog triggers.

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          May 29, 2013 4:15 PM

          Less buttons means completely re-engineering some games and it's not as simple as just mapping one control to another and streaming a video out.
          This is a bullshit feature which will hamstring things, fuck that shit and fuck handhelds.

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            May 29, 2013 7:13 PM

            I suggest you try to be optimistic! Given the Remote Play implementation for PS3 games, developers are likely under no obligation to make their mobile control schemes as good as their console versions. If a developer can just throw the missing buttons on the touch screens via invisible buttons to pass cert, you might not see any real hamstringing.

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              May 29, 2013 8:31 PM

              Plus, not all games use all buttons. I think it's exciting. Also, maybe it'll be used for Netflix or etc!

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                May 29, 2013 8:41 PM

                Many games do use all buttons though. It's not that simple.

                And if this means stuff like aim & shoot in PS4 action games will be on the R1 & L1 buttons again like the PS3 for vita remote play compatibility, then fuck. Hated that so much. And now the PS4 gamepad actually has more functional looking triggers back there, no addons required.

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                  May 29, 2013 9:08 PM

                  I do have to agree with you that I hate ps3 games that use the R1 L1 buttons for aiming and shooting.

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              May 29, 2013 8:33 PM

              I hope not, I have no interest or care for handheld gaming, I don't want it interfering with proper gaming.

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                May 29, 2013 9:01 PM

                You and I both know the italics make it worse!

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      May 29, 2013 3:43 PM

      This is pretty fantastic for Vita owners. I could see me buying both if this works well.

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      May 29, 2013 9:07 PM

      I gotta admit, I really like this idea.