We already knew coming out of E3 that there would be cross-platform play between the PS3 and PS Vita on certain titles (such as WipEout), but now Sony are also saying that you’ll be able to use the upcoming handheld as a controller for its home console counterpart, complete with motion and touch controls.
At the Develop Conference 2011, Sony Europe R&D manager Phil Rogers said that ”PS3 can send data down to Vita and Vita can display it. You could use the unique features [of Vita] – gyroscope, touch front and back – as a control device for a PS3 game.
“You can run software on both devices and use the network to sync the game states. And that’s pretty good, because you then have the processing power of PS3 doing that work, Vita [doing] fancy graphics – however you want to do it. You’re not sacrificing the PS3′s CPU to be able to have a rich experience on Vita.”
Sony have also promised that this functionality will be available as soon as Vita launches, whenever that might be, and that PSN features that take advantage of it are already in the planning stages.
How developers end up taking advantage of this functionality is still in the air, of course, but hopefully it doesn’t just fall by the wayside — remember how we were supposed to be able to use the PSP as an auxiliary display for certain PS3 games?