Sony to Experiment With PS Vita and PS3 Combo To Replicate Wii U

June 8, 2011 Written by Sebastian Moss

Being the first next generation console shown, all eyes were on Nintendo’s Wii U at this year’s E3. The biggest innovation brought by the console is the controller, which aims to open up new gameplay possibilities with a a 6.2″ touch screen controller. However, many gamers began to wonder whether the PS3 and PlayStation Vita could do the same thing. SCE Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida also believes that the combination could work, saying that Sony are experimenting with the idea.

Yoshida spoke to Develop about the Wii U and the Vita and PS3:

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.

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. That’s very interesting, and we will have to experiment.

He continued:

Lots of the things that developers of Vita games are doing, as you may have seen, is experimenting with connectivities between Vita and PS3.

The Wipeout [2048] team came up with their cross play ideas, and the other Vita teams have come up with ways of playing with two systems. It’s just a matter of time, as we provide the SDKs to developers so they can make use of both PS3 and Vita, and they might come up with something interesting.

Of course, owning the Vita and the PS3 will most likely cost far more than just owning the Wii U, but we’re incredibly excited to see more cross compatibility between the PS3 and the Vita.

Would you be interested in playing on the PS3 with your handheld? Let us know in the comments below.