Sony's Shuhei Yoshida Confirms that PS Vita Remote Play of PS4 Games Will Work Through the Internet
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.