PS Vita does more than just games

There will be more uses to Sony’s upcoming PS Vita than just gaming on-the-go. Sony Europe’s Research and Development manager Phil Rogers explained that the portable console will be able to act not only as a display, but as a controller as well, among other things.

“Here’s a few boring technical ideas: you could drive a display from a PS3 game,” said Rogers. “PS3 can send data down to Vita and Vita can display it. You could use the unique features of Vita – gyroscope, touch front and back – as a control device for a PS3 game.”

Rogers also added that software can be run on both devices and use network to sync the game states, which apparently is “pretty good, because you then have the processing power of PS3 doing that work, Vita doing fancy graphics – however you want to do it. You’re not sacrificing the PS3’s CPU to be able to have a rich experience on Vita.”

While we can obviously see some users taking advantage of the above, we’re inclined to believe that cross-platform gaming over PSN and “Title User Storage” will be by far the more interesting features. The possibility to play a game with friends regardless of platform (PS Vita, PS3) is quite inviting. As for “Title User Storage,” it means the Vita will be able to pick up a saved game from the PS3, allowing gamers to continue that game on-the-go, which is a very accessible feature to include.

“We have a system called Title User Storage, which allows 1MB of data on our servers for games,” explained Rogers. “And that can be accessed on both platforms; you can access that same data. You can save your game on PS3, go over to Vita, pull that data back and swap it between them, so you can play a game at home, take it on the train and continue.”

What is less accessible, however, is the PS Vita itself, as it turns out it won’t be released in the US and UK until 2012, missing the holidays completely.