PS4/Vita Remote Play Sure Sounds Like The Wii U

Here's a demo of Assassin's Creed IV running on both PlayStation 4 and Vita, thanks to Sony's Remote Play feature that they say will allow us to play "almost all" PS4 games on the Vita, through WiFi.


Sounds familiar, no? Almost word-for-word how Nintendo has marketed the Wii U.

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Sounds like the Wii U... But almost twice as expensive, not as many buttons, and only copies one aspect of what makes the Wii U a compelling console. The Wii U is a lot more than a second screen, but it's a complete, integrated package. Devs for PS4/Vita can't make games that require both at the same time because of the barriers to entry, whereas every single Wii U owner will have a GamePad. It's like comparing the Kinect 2.0 with the new PS Eye. The Eye is now separate and not required, but every single XBO owner will have a Kinect, making it desirable for developers.

Don't get me wrong, I might get a PS4 and I love my Vita, but people really look at the whole Wii U comparison in a very shallow way that ignores all of the benefits that an integrated system provides. That's the one thing that I dislike about Sony; they throw features on top of their devices simply because they can, and while they're often pretty neat, they don't always feel like essential parts of the experience, only an optional thing on the side that probably requires a financial investment. Nintendo and MS have done this before, but recently they've started bundling a lot of things in, like Wii MotionPlus and Kinect. Having a feature does not interest me nearly as much as how well it will be used, and both Ninty and MS have the right idea here.