Shuhei Yoshida on Remote Play: No need to Set up the PS4 for it, Remote Co-Op Allowed for Knack

on September 29, 2013 8:57 AM

As usual SCE Worldwide Studios President Shuhei Yoshida proves to be a gold mine of information on anything PlayStation. This time around he shared some more details on how remote play will work.

Remember the somewhat inconvenient need to set up the PS3 for remote play before you can “turn it on” via the Vita and PSP? Forget about that. With the PS4 it won’t be necessary, probably due to the ultra-low-power secondary chip used when the console is on standby.

This by itself basically sells the PS4’s remote play to me. The idea of turning out a console remotely while being miles away always felt like “magic” to me, and doing so without even having to set it up beforehand? Pure Technomancy.

In addition to that, we also learn a spiffy detail about remote play with Knack: apparently when playing remotely via the PS Vita or Vita TV, a second player can just sit on the couch and play co-op with us on the PS4.

While the only title explicitly mentioned is Knack, I can’t help but wondering if the feature will be extended to other titles.

If it’s possible for one, there’s no reason why it can’t be possible for other, similar games (Even if I suspect it’ll be possible only for the titles that already feature couch co-op on a single screen). We’ll have to see how it’ll work, but it surely sounds very interesting.

 /  Executive News Editor
Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.