When the PlayStation 4 launches in Europe next month it be met by a simultaneously released update (ver 1.50) that will bring a host of new changes, the most interesting of which will deal with the PlayStation Vita. The update looks to fulfill the promises that Sony has laid before us by addressing both Remote Play and Second Screen. Fred Dutton (PlayStation Blog Manager) took to the Official European PlayStation blog to detail the changes in the upadate, here are the tidbits that touch upon the PlayStation Vita;
- Remote Play
Users will be able to access PS4 titles displayed on their living room TVs and play them on a PS Vita system over Wi-Fi networks by using PS4 Link (Depending on network environment or titles, remote play performance may vary outside of the home). We anticipate that most PS4 titles will be playable on the PS Vita system through Remote Play. The latest PS Vita system software version, to be released soon, will be required to use PS4 Link.
- Second Screen
Users can use the PS4 Link application for the PS Vita system, and PlayStation App for iPhone, iPad, and Android-based smartphones and tablets, to use these devices as second screens in supported titles. PlayStation App has the ability to enable users to interact with games with their mobiles devices. For example on The Playroom, a title pre-installed in all PS4 systems that requires PlayStation Camera, users can draw pictures on their mobile device screens and flick them towards the TV. The images then appear as a 3D object within the game.
- Party (Voice chat)
By using the Mono Headset bundled with the PS4 system, users will be able to chat with up to eight friends enjoying different applications or games. Furthermore, users can use Party to chat between PS4 and PS Vita systems.
In regards to Remote Play it seems more and more that Sony are going to keep to their word and make this an integral part of the PlayStation4’s ecosystem. Also it is interesting to watch the increasingly rapid speed in which they are going after the second screen experience.Moving forward it looks like the PlayStation 4 and the PlayStation Vita will have a strong future with one another, and that’s something we at TVL can get behind.