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

June 24, 2013

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:

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.

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.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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.

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