Sony Announces Cross-Platform Features for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita

Sony Unveils Cross-Platform Cloud Features for Its Consoles

by Anton Shilov
06/08/2012 | 02:45 PM

Sony Computer Entertainment this week announced that it will drive the proliferation of the PlayStation platforms through “cross-platform feature” which realizes cross platform game play between PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita. Through cross-platform features, SCE will deliver  gaming experience which leverages the capabilities of both systems and enables users to enjoy gaming wherever and whenever.

 

The idea behind the cross-platform capabilities between PlayStation 3 and portable PlayStation Vita is to increase the value of owning multiple PlayStation devices by utilizing cloud technologies as well as specific capabilities of the PS3 and PS Vita. Initially, there will be about ten games supporting specific cross-platform features, but their number will gradually grow. Eventually, the number of cross-platform capabilities may also increase (for example, now it is impossible to play games from PS Vita on big screen using PS3, but it is a natural feature for Apple's platform that is widely used by owners of iOS devices and Apple TV set-top-boxes).

Initially, there will be several cross-platform features, including:

Even though the idea of cross-platform and cloud features definitely deserves applauds, it remains to be seen how well it is going to be received by the game developers as supporting any feature requires time. Moreover, compulsory ownership of PS Vita for a PS3 game to enable second screen feature will also naturally reduce its sales.