One of the big questions that was left on the table about the remote play feature that will establish a connection between PS4 and PS Vita, is if it’ll work only via local wi-fi or also online like it did (rather poorly) for the PSP, allowing you to stream your game even when you’re not at home.
Looks like fans of the feature have a reason to rejoice, as Sony Worldwide Studio President Shuhei Yoshida basically confirmed that it’ll be possible by answering a question on twitter:
— Shuhei Yoshida (@yosp) June 24, 2013
Yoshida-san himself had previously confirmed through the same means that the remote feature will be available on all PS4 games besides those that require external peripherals.
@MrDaWe Yes, it’s true unless the game requires specific hardware like the camera. It will be great to play PS4 games on PS Vita.
— Shuhei Yoshida (@yosp) May 29, 2013
According to a previous report by Digital Foundry the hurdle of compressing and downscaling the game’s video and audio will be taken over by the PS4’s built-in hardware h.264 video encoder, removing the necessity to burden the main hardware with it like it happened on the PS3.
Of course, as Yoshida-san says, the quality of the internet access on the Vita will still be a big factor, as the streamed video will be still in the Vita’s native 960×544 resolution, which takes quite a bit of bandwidth (more than the PSP remote play functionality did), but being able to access a good wi-fi hotspot anywhere and play your games streamed from the PS4 at home will still be a hell of a good selling point for both consoles.