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PS Vita remote play mandatory for PS4 games

by William Schwartz

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One of the highlights of the PS4 reveal earlier this year, was the interesting ways that Sony was looking to incorporate the PS Vita into the next-generation. It was hard to be a PS Vita owner and not get excited about the potential of playing next-games on the handheld, with a little help from Gaikai streaming technology.

It was just days ago when a advertisement on the PS4 website indicated that the PS Vita would play a large part in the new console, but today, a Sony executive has confirmed that remote play will be mandatory on most PS4 titles. While remote play isn’t all that new, it’s been sparingly used in the current generation, a feature that many Vita owners have vocally asked to see in more titles.

Following rumors of the mandatory feature, Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida confirmed the news via Twitter. “Yes, it’s true unless the game requires specific hardware like the PS4 Eye camera. It will be great to play PS4 games on PS Vita.”

Could this be the big boost to sales that Sony hinted at in a recent financial statement? It sure sounds like it. Earlier this month, Sony announced that they were lowering projections for the sales of handhelds, but that there were plans in the works that could potentially set them up to beat those projections. If remote play gains traction, and works like it’s supposed to, the PS Vita could be the ultimate companion device for the PS4.

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