The PS Vita’s most interesting feature (to me anyway) is remote play. This literally allows you to stream things (GAMES!) from your PS3 system to your Vita over a WiFi connection. AMAZING! Many Vita owners have wondered why all games on the PS3 aren’t able to be played via remote play. This is a legitimate question (and I don’t know the answer). All I know is that finally they have added some PS3 games to the remote play list.
Okay, okay, maybe there is only one legitimate reason to use remote play right now. Yes that’s right folks, the God of War saga is playable on the Vita, using remote play. When I found this out I immediately ran out and bought a copy. I did all the content manager stuff and voilà! It was really fun to think that I’m controlling my PS3 from miles away. The game ran great. That being said, there were still some issues.
The first thing that seriously irritated the hell out of me was that remote play wont play in full screen. This was tough to get past, because I love the size of the screen on the Vita. I fooled around with all the settings then finally gave up. I decided to play the original God of War so I could get a feel for how games would run using remote play — ran perfectly! It was so cool! I played for about 2 hours and had no issues. I even saved and restarted the game to see if it would mess anything up. It didn’t.
The visuals during a remote play session aren’t the best. They seem a little cloudy but it is easily forgivable when you realize you’re playing your PS3 on the go. Aside from some small issues I would say remote play is a winner.
So what can we expect from remote play in the future? Are all the collection bundles going to run in remote play? More importantly what do we want to see in the future? I would like to see the visuals overhauled to run in full HD and full screen. As far as making every game remote play, I don’t think that would be a wise choice for the system. I feel they should concentrate more on their cross-buy promotion.
I would rather have hard (or digital) copies of games than have to connect to the internet to play. Don’t get me wrong, I really like the idea of remote play, but it does have its place, especially for people who haven’t coughed up the ridiculous amount of money for the Vita memory cards. Enough about what I think, tell me your thoughts in the comments below.