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PS4-Vita Remote Play promoted because 'people don't have four eyes'

by Andrew Yoon, shacknews.com, Aug 21, 2013 11:45AM PDT

One of the nifty features Sony showed off during yesterday's Gamescom conference was the ability to use Vita to play PS4 games. Using "Remote Play," someone could start a game on PS4 and then continue it on Vita. Although showcased with Assassin's Creed 4, it's a feature that's largely mandatory for every game on Sony's new console.

Wii U has the same ability to do off-TV play. But, Nintendo's focus has largely been on creating new gaming experiences with asymmetric dual-screen play. Microsoft's push for SmartGlass also has players keeping tabs on two screens. Sony says that's the wrong approach because "people don't have four eyes."

Speaking to CVG, Sony Worldwide Studios head Shuhei Yoshida discussed their experience with dual-screen gaming with LittleBigPlanet's Cross-Controller support. "It's kind of interesting, but you have to tell people when to watch the portable and watch the TV, but people don't have four eyes! So I think that's why we are focusing on Remote Play," he said. "I like playing console games in bed on Vita."

If you missed the presentation yesterday, here's a replay of Sony showing off how Remote Play will work on PS4 and Vita: