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.