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PS Vita and PS3 cross-play 'easily' rival Wii U, Sony says

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Sony says almost all PlayStation Vita owners also have PlayStation 3s, a combination it claims gives the Wii U a run for its money. Sony Computer Entertainment America VP of marketing, handhelds and home consoles John Koller told Engadget that Sony encourages players to make the comparison between what Wii U will proffer in November and what many already have in their hands and entertainment centers.

"We tell our PlayStation fans all the time that what the Wii U is offering is something that Vita and PS3 can do quite easily," Koller said. A linked Vita and PS3 game, as demonstrated with LittleBigPlanet 2's upcoming cross-play functionality, offers a similar controller and touch experience with the added benefit of the Vita's external processing power. The Wii U's GamePad, on the other hand, streams its data from the console itself.

Koller gave no specific figures on PS3/Vita cross over, but those who don't own either Sony system would need to pony up for a markedly higher price point than the Wii U. The new model of PlayStation 3 and a Vita together would cost at least $520 at their current prices ($270 and $250, respectively), whereas the Wii U bundled with a GamePad starts at $300.

Koller said Sony has no immediate plans to bundle its home and portable consoles together as a single-package Wii U competitor, though it will consider doing so in the future as "retail asks for it all the time."

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18 comments

  • The Doctor - January 14, 2013 11:44 a.m.

    It doesn't easily rival Wii U for one very important reason. The Vita does not come with the PS3. As a crossplay controller, the Vita is reduced to a $250 PS3 controller. Seeing as the game library for Vita is almost nonexistent, that's a REALLY expensive peripheral to assume that someone has. Every Wii U game will utilize the Wii U GamePad, because it's a part of the core experience of the console. It is the reason for the Wii U. On the other hand, how many developers are going to want to spend the time and money to program for crossplay when only a small fraction of the people who buy their game are even going to be able to use it?
  • The Doctor - January 14, 2013 11:41 a.m.

    Well, if Sony said that Sony's thing is better, than it must be!
  • BladedFalcon - September 21, 2012 3:44 p.m.

    Yeah... Sony, instead of going for the "Me too!" route, why don't you focus of getting worthwhile games for the Vita? Y'know, support the actual supposed primary function of the fucking system >_>
  • jannepiiroinen - September 21, 2012 4:25 a.m.

    Something implemented afterwards will _never_ be as good as an experience as pre-planned device.
  • Squander - September 20, 2012 11 p.m.

    Whats with all that hate towards Sony? It's a good thing that the Vita offers the added value to be linked to the PS3, just like Microsoft with smartglass. Technology and innovation drive competition hence it is a good thing for us consumers. This time Nintendo must show a little more effort as it did with the Wii, hopefully with great and innovative games. And Nintendo aside: the Vita is an incredible system which deserves much more attention. The 3DS would suffer the same fate if it weren't a Nintendo product.
  • z3aeem - September 20, 2012 7:21 p.m.

    With double price and weaker Vita specs. Yeah SONY can do that
  • ultimatepunchrod - September 20, 2012 5:34 p.m.

    You guys seem to be forgetting that this isn't Sony abandoning the Vita as its own thing. This is Sony saying, you'll have something similar to Wii U if you have both (which most Vita owner's do, but not vice versa), so if you get a Vita you can have Wii U functionality IN ADDITION to having a pretty cool handheld gaming system which you can then take with you when you get up to leave the home console. I'm not saying cross controller is going to catch on, but I think you guys are suggesting that Sony is suggesting that everyone should buy a Vita, so they don't have to buy a Wii U.
  • SpiritTemple - September 21, 2012 1:38 a.m.

    And judging by the huge amount of Wii U pre-orders, Sony's plan is failing greatly.
  • SpiritTemple - September 20, 2012 4:44 p.m.

    I love how Sony can't sell the Vita as a handheld so they are trying to sell it as a controller.
  • shawksta - September 20, 2012 4:06 p.m.

    Oh Sony, I love you guys but please don't stick with the crowd who thinks the Wii U is just a fusion of console and handheld, the Wii U is an entirely different thing. Im happy for your cross-play, show it off however you want, but please.....just don't
  • KnowYourPokemon - September 20, 2012 2:40 p.m.

    Ok Sony! You're saying I can get a handheld for a PS3 version of the WiiU controller. So looking at it from the perspective of someone who would own neither of sony's or nintendo's consoles/handhelds, I could get a new PS3(cause hey, lets release a brand new model) for the price of a WiiU roughly, then pay $250 to give it a remote similar to the WiiU, or I could just go and buy a WiiU... tough choice there. Now coming from someone who owns a PS3, and a Vita. I'll still be getting a WiiU. I've gotten enough "promises" from Sony already.
  • Redeater - September 20, 2012 2:20 p.m.

    "PS Vita and PS3 cross-play 'easily' rival Wii U, Sony says" Awesome! I'm sure they will follow through on this promise just as much as when they promised "hundreds" of PS1 games for the Vita.
  • prattnathan - September 20, 2012 2:08 p.m.

    One thing the Vita does far better than the WiiU is remote play. You can play your WiiU on the controller's screen only when within 24 feet of your WiiU. I can play my PS3 from work (or anywhere) over WiFi with the Vita. Lets see the WiiU do that. Sure there's only a handful of games available to do that at this time, but it's still in it's infancy.
  • A000 - September 20, 2012 1:59 p.m.

    I like how he completely ignores the fact the Vita - PE3 crossplay will almost never be used. Thats why it won't rival the Wii U. The Gamepad is the Wii U's main controller. It will be used in every single game. The Vita - PS3 crossplay will be used in a handful of games at most. I'll be absolutely amazed if it even gets into double digits. The Vita is also incredibly uncomfortable.
  • A000 - September 20, 2012 2 p.m.

    PS3* even.
  • Cyberninja - September 20, 2012 1:51 p.m.

    $220 more then the cheapest Wiiu definitely means that the more expensive way to play would win especaily when you have to buy 2 copies of games as well, me being a ps3 and vita owner already and I still plan on getting a wiiu speaks volumes about this situation
  • edward-temblador - September 20, 2012 2:21 p.m.

    Cross buy, get it?
  • Cyberninja - September 20, 2012 6:21 p.m.

    But cross buy is only for first party games making it useless for some especaily since its only a game code and I bet games will eat up at least 2 GBs

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