PS4/Vita Remote Play Feature

PS4/Vita Remote Play Feature

Sony recently unveiled the PlayStation 4 and some interesting and compelling things that are going to be included in it. One function they highlighted was ‘remote play’. Remote play is essentially a program that connects the PS4 console with the handheld PlayStation Vita.


How Does This Work?


When a gamer uses remote play, they are still playing a PS4 game, and they are using the PS4 hardware to do it. The only thing changing is the display screen and controller. All of the game information, including graphics, is broadcasted from the PS4 to the Vita. This is great if someone else needs the television. Gamers no longer have to sacrifice their playtime because their TV time has run out.


Is This Much Like the Wii U?


There are many comparisons between the Wii U’s GamePad controller, which sports a touchscreen and support for off-screen play functions, and the PlayStation Vita. The key difference is that the PlayStation Vita is a standalone platform. It has its own games. When using remote play, the Vita is not playing the game, it is merely acting like an interface, providing a screen and controls. PlayStation Vita users can use their Vita for remote play, and they can use the Vita as it was originally intended to play Vita games. Sony has basically added another function to its existing device as opposed to adding a completely new device to accommodate remote play. A Vita is more expensive than a GamePad, but it also has more functionality since it is a standalone device.


There are some other cool features associated with the PS4/Vita remote play interaction that are better than the PS3/Vita interaction. First, remote play can be activated at any time. There is no need to close the game or activate a separate mode on the device. Just hit the activation command and the game display switches over to the Vita. There is also the advantage that if the PS4 is still linked to the TV, then both the screen on the Vita and the TV will display the image. This will essentially allow the Vita to act as another controller.


About Wolfensteing: The New Order for Xbox One and PS4


Game developer Bethesda’s upcoming title Wolfenstein: The New Order is expected to be one of the hottest titles of 2014 on the new Xbox One and PS4 consoles. Originally being made for Xbox 360 and PS3, the game’s release date was pushed back to make it compatible with the new consoles. This thriller game incorporates robotic Nazis, shooting, and a solid story line that has helped it to continue to gain traction and curiosity. Early reviews for the game are positive coupled with exciting trailers and game play footage.


The game is based on an alternate history idea of what may have happened had Nazi Germany came out the victor in World War 2 and subsequently take over the world. Wolfenstein’s story is set in 1960 years after the Nazis won. Gamers play the part of BJ Blazkowicz, an American soldier who opposes the villain of the game, Dr. Deathshead. It is a first person shooter game in the popular style that has arisen over the last few years and comes with extraordinary graphics that are detailed and lifelike.


Going beyond the normal confines of a set genre style game, Wolfenstein: The New Order hopes to give it’s players a full experience. It is one of the few games due to be released that focuses on a balanced approach incorporating story, shooting, and even driving sequences. New to the game franchise is super Nazi mech robots, lasers, and a wide variety of advanced technology bound to make the game more exciting and its villain all that more deadly.


Despite the slight delay of the release of Wolfenstein: The New Order, it was supposed to be released in 2013, players can expect an even more polished and action packed game. When you need to get rid of the bad guys you can call on BJ Blazkowicz to clean them up, once he regains his memory of course. Wolfensteing: The New Order should be released some time in early 2014 on Xbox One, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and Playstation 4. Until then, gamers will just have to keep drooling over the trailers.


Mad Catz PS4 Arcade Sticks

It’s still a bit early on in the console’s history, but it seems like the Playstation 4 is going to have a little bit of turbulence at the start. PS3 era controllers of any and all kinds won’t work with the PS4. This is including the Mad Katz line of fight sticks.

The issues with backwards compatability and save transferring aside, the Playstation Network still has loads and loads of fighting games going for it, and it shouldn’t be too difficult after launch to allow the PS4 to download them. Since games are linked to accounts, you should theoretically be able to download them all again once the network issues are solved.


These aren’t just the newest generation of titles like DoA 5 or Mortal Kombat either. We’re talking about all the old PS1 titles. Darkstalkers, Street Fighter Alpha, Bloody Roar, KoF, even Tekken! All the old classics are there waiting to be played, and in a few years, who knows? Maybe they’ll add the newer favorites for direct download, like Injustice and Blazblue?


Sure, you could use the normal Playstation 4 controller for gameplay and that would be fine, but it’s not the way the games are truly meant to be plade. Arcade style fighters are meant to use the old classic standby of the the joystick and buttons to mash. Just like a controller is ideal for platforming, and a keyboard and mouse will make you the fastest shot, the arcade stick is the proper way to play.


So, the question isb’t whether or not Mad Katz is going to make a set of PS4 controllers. Obviously they’re one of the biggest custom controller producers on the market, so the true question is when? Currently, there aren’t any big fighters on the horizon for the PS4. But, games can be announced at any time, and the old catalog would be enough to make a market for it. Both the Playstation 4 and the Xbox One have sold out at Gamestop, and the amount of pre-orders for the consoles is impressive. However, the company may not see the market there just yet.


So when the Playstation Four comes out in the fall, it looks like we’re going to have to settle for our lousy, good for nothing, awesome new PS4 controllers to do our fighting for us, and either keep the PS3 warm and connected, or watch the old Mad Katz stick collect dust.


Playstation 4 v Xbox One

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PlayStation 4 vs Xbox One

The consoles wars have heated up once more. We saw it a couple of others time with the PS3 and the Xbox 360, but that was a little different. The 360 was the first out of the gate, and the PS3 was left to play catch up and the advantage went to Microsoft from the get go. This generation is a direct head-to-head battle of 2 of the last 3 game console titans; Playstation 4 versus XBOX One.


The XBOX One and the PS4 are nearly identical in specifications. Both systems feature replaceable hard-drives, but the key difference is that Microsoft makes it so that you have to use their hardware for upgrades, Sony doesn’t. This is a huge difference. Below or the specs for both system.


SONY 500 GB Hard Drive (removable by owner) XBOS-500 GB Hard Drive (removable by licensed tech)

Both support cloud storage.

Another key difference in the tech is that the PS4 doesn’t require game installs.

Sony has the upper hand

Although the systems are nearly identical in power and exclusive games, Sony has the upper hand with customer and gamer support. Microsoft got the jump on Sony by announcing more information sooner, but their approach was poorly executed and it actually caused uproar with the gaming community. They were vague and elusive on used game support, selling or trading games to friends and their approach of making their Kinect integrated and “always on” were early deal breakers for gamers. Microsoft also seemed to try to appeal to the home entertainment crowd with their lack of game news. Microsoft was scrambling and sending mixed signals.

Sony took the opportunity at E3 to beat Microsoft over the head with their Playstation 4 controller. Everything that gamers were upset about with the XBOX One, Sony came out in support of. The PS4 doesn’t have to be connected to the internet at least once a day, they support used game as well as trading games and to top it off, the PS4 comes in one hundred dollars cheaper at $399.00 US dollars. Sony will also continue support of its online service and its games. Another misstep Microsoft made was to say that their system would not be backwards compatible with its huge list of downloadable games, therefore making their catalog inaccessible on the new XBOX One. This made many gamers upset because Microsoft has pushed so hard for digital distribution.

Sony has also made headway with their open support for indie games and indie studios. Microsoft has been notoriously hard to work with when it comes to independent studios until this point.

When it comes to peripherals, the new XBOX seems to have redesigned their controller to make it more ergonomic and usable, while Sony has basically kept their same PS4 controller that many loved. The XBOX One does have the integrated Kinect, but that has been poor at worst and hardly usable at best. Microsoft is touting its motion based controls for the entertainment system, but it is required to always be on, or in sleep mode. This has led writers and gamers to call it Orwellian or big brother.

In conclusion, although both systems have exclusive titles, the difference is small when it comes to the games. Both systems will boast powerful graphics and power, but Sony has the clear advantage of momentum and has nearly everything that gamers want.