Vita Remote Play Mandatory for Developers for all PS4 Games

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

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Vita Remote Play Mandatory

Editor Note:
The title has been changed because of confusion. What has been confirmed here is that game developers are required to include Remote Play for games on the PS4. Remote play is not required to be used by the consumer, it is just an option for those that have Vitas.

Sony has confirmed that the PlayStation Vita’s remote play feature will be mandatory for all PS4 games, with a few exceptions.

Originally, the news came from Eurogamer, stating that a PS4 developer had told Digital Foundry that Vita remote play would be mandatory. The rumor has since been confirmed by Sony Computer Entertainment’s President of Worldwide Studios, Shuhei Yoshida. A fan asked Yoshida on Twitter if Eurogamer’s article was true, to which Yoshida replied, “Yes, it’s true unless the game requires specific hardware like the camera. It will be great to play PS4 games on PS Vita.”

So there’s the exception. If a game is going to take advantage of the PS4 Eye, the lastest successor of the EyeToy, then that game won’t be required to include remote play. The two features would naturally conflict with one another. This means that if any other hardware, peripherals, or new features are announced for the PS4, games that take advantage of them may not require remote play either (One also has to wonder about games that make significant use of four shoulder buttons, since the Vita only has two.).

This is probably great news for any Vita owners out there. The Wii U’s off-tv play has proven useful for crowded homes, so it’s nice to see that the PS4 will have a similar feature, and this can only be good for Sony since they will likely sell a few more Vitas. The only people who might be getting the short end of the stick on this deal are future PS4 owners that don’t already own a Vita. That’s a hefty price tag just for remote play, but it’s still too soon to say what will happen. We’ll see how things play out within the next year.


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  • Jonah Rosen

    for a second, I thought it meant that the PSV is required to play the PS4. While I already own a PSV, I’m glad that that wasn’t what it meant. ^^;

  • Xx_Kares_xX

    Wait.. what? You HAVE to own a Vita to play the PS4? Did I read it wrong? I’m feeling stupid now, please someone explain this to me.

    • Digoth

      no, you can just play ps4 games remotely, using the vita.

    • Xx_Kares_xX

      Thank you very much for that.

  • Oh neat. That’s my Xbox One VS PS4 decision made. I’ve already got a Vita so it just makes sense to get the PS4.

  • Combat Butler Jim

    You might consider rewording that headline. Something like “Sony Announces Vita Remote Play Available on All PS4 Games”. People might get the wrong idea.

    Still, it’s pretty neat that they’re working to integrate this feature for all of their games. I already planned to get a Vita at some point, so this is definitely a strong case for getting a PS4 in a few years.

    • Heath Bunch

      Yeah, I feel stupid now for not realizing it, but at first I thought it meant you need to own a Vita just to play PS4 games…haha, wow…

    • vitalemrecords

      It’s not your fault. This was a very VERY poorly written article. The way it was written, that is the ONLY conclusion you could come to.

    • Ryan_oprainfall

      I have added an editor note at the top of the article and changed the title. Sorry for the confusion.

  • Nicholas Perry

    250$+ dollars to get the same functionality as mah Wii U with possibly worse video quality/response?(Judging soley by their previous attempts)

    And it’s mandatory for all developers, adding development time?! For something that is a piece of hardware that is optional?


  • Whoa, whoa, whoa, waitaminute…….
    Vita is MANDATORY for games like Infamous: Second Sons and Watch Dogs?
    What about the PS4 controller they showed off at the show? Will that not factor in at all?