Sony believes that Wii U’s ability to stream full games to its trademark Wii U GamePad isn’t exactly an innovative proposition. In fact, Sony Computer Entertainment America VP of marketing John Koller says, combining PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 3 for Remote Play and Cross-Platform Play already offers this functionality: “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.”
Given that most Vita owners also own a PS3, perhaps that’s a significant value proposition. But since this value offering has a userbase ceiling – at best the tens of millions of PS3 players, and at worst the handful of millions of PS Vita players – and a steep price at $500 minimum for both systems, one has to wonder whether it’ll really cannibalize Wii U sales the way Sony seems to hope.
The company doesn’t seem to be putting all its eggs in one basket, though, just as it didn’t with PlayStation Move. Read on for more comments from Mr. Koller about how Sony plans to implement this function in future titles.
It’s not just about the functionality, however, it’s about whether implementing that functionality makes any sense. It’s dependent on the content. So we need to make sure the content isn’t force fed. And, to us, making sure that the gamer receives the right type of experience is what’s most important. So we’re gonna pick our spots, but that technology does certainly exist here.
Sounds to me like Sony’s not really going to focus all that much on the cross-play – and with Vita sales not even coming close to justifying a big cross-platform push in the near future, that’s probably not going to change.