It seems like the only thing that people talk about regarding the PlayStation Vita anymore is its remote play feature with the PlayStation 4, and that very feature is getting some new gear to make it even better very soon.
Joetsu Electronic Industries has revealed that they will be releasing an accessory for the original model of the PlayStation Vita that essentially adds L2 and R2 triggers to the handheld. This is vital for remote play with PlayStation 4, as many of the L2/R2 functions usually have to be awkwardly mapped to touch screen controls.
This accessory was previously only available in Japan, but thankfully Play-Asia is changing that and letting Western gamers get in on the fun. The accessory for the original PlayStation Vita model is $29.99, whereas the version for the newer models of the system costs $20 more.
It’s no secret that the PlayStation 4 is absolutely dominating in the console space, but now Sony has a shiny new stat to rub into the collective wounds of the competition. According to them, the PlayStation 4 has now sold 30.2 million units as of November 22nd.
To make matters even better for Sony the Christmas rush is just about to shift into full gear, so they can expect many more units added to that already huge number. There really aren’t any massive new exclusives for the console that will drive sales, but there’s plenty of third-party stuff like Fallout 4 and Just Cause 3 that will definitely make up for it.
It will be interesting to see how things go for Microsoft on the Xbox One side of things, because as far as console exclusives go the Xbox One is looking much stronger with games like Halo 5: Guardians and Rise of the Tomb Raider.
Don’t even get me started on the Wii U.
While the Xbox One currently has all of the thunder thanks to its backward compatibility program for Xbox 360 games on Xbox One, it looks like PlayStation has something in the works that would be just as good.
Sony said the following:
“We are working on utilizing PS2 emulation technology to bring PS2 games forward to the current generation. We have nothing further to comment at this point in time.”
With nearly 2,000 games for the PlayStation 2, this could be a huge plus for PS4 gamers. Many consider the PlayStation 2 to be the best console ever, and to be able to bring the hundreds of classics that that console has into this generation would be incredible.
Just in case you weren’t sure that developers were serious about making games for PlayStation VR, some new info has been scrounged together that pretty much confirms that the deal is real.
A group of devoted Redditors have been compiling a list of every confirmed game or tech demo that has been utilized with PlayStation VR, and currently their list sits at over 50.
Granted, some of these games may never see the light of day and there are some big ones that haven’t even been added to the list yet, but regardless giving this list a quick skim gets me really excited to see what Sony can pull off with this new hardware.
Plus it’s virtual reality. That’s cool, right? Right.
Sony is just rolling with the great (bad) news for fans today, as following the news that backward compatibility isn’t happening they are also saying that the highly-requested PSN name change isn’t looking good either.
Sony’s Yoshida was speaking with fans via Twitter for Paris Games Week, where a fan asked him if the ability to change their PSN ID would ever happen. Yoshida plainly replied that the company does not know if such a feature would be possible to deliver.
Once again, the Xbox has allowed gamers to change their gamertag from the very beginning for a small fee, and they can do it as many times as they want. It seems like an incredibly basic feature that you can do on pretty much *any* other platform, but obviously Sony dropped the ball in the design phase for this one.
Microsoft has been killing it over the past few months with backward compatibility for the Xbox One, allowing gamers to play an ever growing amount of Xbox 360 games on the new system. Of course, this has put the pressure on Sony to offer something similar to PlayStation fans, but it’s looking like that will never happen.
During Paris Games Week Sony’s Yoshida was asked by a French fan whether or not backward compatibility was coming to PlayStation 4, to which he replied with a big fat “no.”
So, if you’ve been holding out for your PlayStation 4 to offer you something similar to what Xbox One fans have then you’re out of luck. It’s not a big deal to me because all of my systems still work and I play mostly newer games anyways.
The PlayStation Vita has gradually fallen further and further off of the public’s radar, with most games appearing on the system also popping up on PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 3. Not only that, but the few exclusives that it has had are either being ported or re-imagined for the PlayStation 4, making the amount of reasons for someone to actually by the system shrink more and more.
Sony is doing nothing to change anyone’s mind on that topic, as executive vice president Masayasu Ito spoke to 4gamer where he revealed that there are no first party titles in development for the Vita. Here’s what he said:
“Currently, there are no first party titles that are in development for the PlayStation Vita. Third-party companies are working hard on the PlayStation Vita, so we here at SCE have strategized to focus on our new platform of PlayStation 4.”
That’s a nice way to put it, but in reality they’ve all but abandoned the poor handheld. It’s a damn shame, too, as the PlayStation Vita is one of the best constructed handhelds ever, in my not so humble opinion. It’s got the power, it’s got a great design and UI, and that beautiful OLED screen is a sight to behold. I know that their focus is pretty much entirely on PlayStation 4, but I still love playing on the Vita when I’m given the chance to.