Vita as a PS4 Controller Clarified

Just in case you heard otherwise, Vita cannot be used as a second controller with PS4 games unless they are “specifically programmed” to make use of the tech. Responding to a question on Twitter, Sony Computer Entertainment president of Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida said “@InsideEddie Hey BRO! In a normal sense, no. Unless a game is specifically programmed to allow such use of PS Vita,” he tweeted.

This was confirmed by Sony. It can’t be used as a second controller out of the box in a normal sense, only as a PS 4 controller for games “specifically programmed” to utilize it.

That means not every Sony PlayStation 4 game will take advantage of the Vita in this way. Even if Sony has asked developers to include Remote Play functionality for all PlayStation 4 games, excluding titles that will require the use of the console’s stereoscopic camera, the PS4 Eye. That´s why Sony was promising that virtually every PlayStation 4 game will be playable on the handheld itself via Remote Play.

Reports earlier this year suggested that Remote Play functionality would not require additional engineering to make PlayStation 4 games work on the Vita. While slightly different from using the Vita as a controller for the PlayStation 4 system, all games, except for those that take advantage of the PlayStation Eye or PlayStation Move peripherals, are believed to include native support for playback on the company’s portable hardware.

Essentially, the Vita functions as a dummy terminal with the PS4 doing all of the heavy-lifting. The technology is similar to that used by streaming services such as OnLive, but the quality is greatly improved by the service functioning on a local network.

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