E3 2011: Will Sony Make PS Vita/PS3 Work Like Wii U?

In: Articles by Edie Sellers

10 Jun 2011

Whether you love or hate the newly unveiled Wii U and its multi-touch window into 360-degree gaming, no one can deny that it’s a game-changer.

We mean that figuatively and literally. Figuratively, it’s changing how the industry is viewing gaming. Literally, it’s changing how games are being built.

Want proof? Sony Computer Entertaiment Studios chief Shuhei Yoshida says the company is already reevaluating the capabilities of the equally newly announced PS Vita handheld and may possibly start making it work with the Playstation 3 the way the Wii U controller works with the Wii U console.

“It is very interesting the ways that Nintendo went with Wii U, and I was surprised it wasn’t exactly as it had been rumoured,” Yoshida told online industry news source Develop at E3. “Already people are starting to ask about linking Vita and PS3 to do something similar, in terms of using two screens, and having controls on the screen.”

And given that both the Wii U controller and the PS Vita feature multi-touch touch-screen displays, it’s an experiment that Sony is already working with.

“That’s very interesting, and we will have to experiment,” he said. According to Develop, he went on to hint that such “experimentation” was actually already being done.

Could Sony truly have been caught flat-footed by the Wii U controller? And, given that the PS Vita hits shelves in just six short months, could Sony create this connection between handheld and home consoles in time for release?

Like we said — game changer.

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2 Responses to E3 2011: Will Sony Make PS Vita/PS3 Work Like Wii U?

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mik

June 12th, 2011 at 7:28 pm

The Wii U controller is not multi-touch.

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Robbway

June 14th, 2011 at 1:05 pm

The PS3/Vita combo could easily corner the TV/touchpad market before the Wii U comes out. If the iPad (iPad2 or higher) had a “gaming frame” with buttons and controllers, it could also tap into the exact market Nintendo is going for, without a console.

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