E3 2012: PlayStation Details Vita’s Summer Firmware Update Plus Upcoming Cross Platform Functions

While a little overlooked at the Sony’s conference, the Vita still has quite a bit of news coming from E3 2012. As PlayStation continues to highlight the new handheld’s cross-platform […]

While a little overlooked at the Sony’s conference, the Vita still has quite a bit of news coming from E3 2012. As PlayStation continues to highlight the new handheld’s cross-platform abilities, a new press release with details on upcoming cross-platform functions has been released. Some of these cross-platform functions are already available, some will be enabled later this year through a PlayStation Vita software/firmware update.

Highlights from this update include a tablet-like cross-controller option for games such as LittleBigPlanet 2, full PS3 games remote play, and PSOne Classics being made available on the Vita. Here are some of the other things gamers can look forward to:

PlayStation One Classics – The ability to play PlayStation One games on a PlayStation Vita through this system software update, scheduled for summer.

  • Titles include:
    • FINAL FANTASY VII
    • RESIDENT EVIL DIRECTOR’S CUT
    • Crash Bandicoot

(SCE will further accelerate the expansion of the PS Vita platform through regular system software updates)

Cross-Play - The Cross-Play feature allows PS3 and PS Vita users to enjoy match or collaborative game play.

  • Available titles:
    • Hustle Kings (PS3/PS Vita),
    • MotorStorm RC (PS3/PS Vita),
    • WipEout HD (PS3)/WipEout 2048 (PS Vita)
  • Upcoming titles:
    • STREET FIGHTER X TEKKEN (PS3/PS Vita),
    • PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale (PS3/PS Vita)

Cross-Controller - The Cross-Controller feature allows a player to use PS Vita as a controller to play games on PS3, by utilizing its rich features including touch screen, rear touch pad, six-axis motion sensing system, and cameras. Users can enjoy the two types of gaming experiences through the large TV screen and PS Vita display.

  • Available titles:
    • ULTIMATE MARVEL VS. CAPCOM 3 (PS3/PS Vita)
  • Released title scheduled for feature update:
    • LittleBigPlanet 2 (PS3)

Cross-Save - By managing saved data between PS3 and PS Vita, the Cross-Save feature enables users on the go to continue playing games on their PS Vita, right from where they left off on their PS3 at home.

  • Available titles:
    • BLAZBLUE CONTINUUM SHIFT EXTEND (PS3/PS Vita)
    • MLB12: The Show (PS3/PS Vita)
    • MotorStorm RC (PS3/PS Vita)
  • Upcoming titles:
    • Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time (PS3/PS Vita)
    • Sound Shapes (PS3/PS Vita)
    • PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale (PS3/PS Vita)

Cross-Goods - The Cross-Goods feature allows users to enjoy various content such as purchased downloaded content and user generated content on both PS3 and PS Vita by transferring to other platform, by sharing between both platforms, or by other ways.

  • Available titles:
    • ULTIMATE MARVEL VS. CAPCOM 3 (PS3/PS Vita)
    • MLB12: The Show (PS3/PS Vita)
    • Hustle Kings (S3/PS Vita)
    • MotorStorm RC (PS3/PS Vita)
    • ModNation Racers (PS3)/ModNation Racers: Road Trip (PS Vita)
  • Upcoming titles:
    • STREET FIGHTER X TEKKEN (PS3/PS Vita)
    • Assassin’s Creed III (PS3)/Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation (PS Vita)
    • Sound Shapes (PS3/PS Vita)
    • LittleBigPlanet 2 (PS3)/LittleBigPlanet PlayStation Vita (PS Vita)
    • PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale (PS3/PS Vita)

Remote Play - The Remote Play feature allows PS Vita users to remotely access their PS3 to enjoy content including games and videos.

  • Supporting titles:
    • BLAZBLUE (PS3)
    • BLAZBLUE CONTINUUM SHIFT (PS3)
  • Expected supporting titles:
    • ICO (PS3)
    • God of War (PS3)
    • God of War II (PS3)
    • Shadow of the Colossus (PS3)

(SCE will further accelerate the proliferation of PS platform by maximizing the strong collaboration between PS3 and PS Vita)

These updates on the Vita probably also coincide with the upcoming PlayStation 3 update v4.20 (no official word yet). So what games are you looking forward to playing both on the PlayStation3 and Vita? What would you like to see changed in future Vita updates? Sound off in the comments below!