Sony’s next handheld games console, the PlayStation Vita, is rumoured to be getting some very attractive extra functionality, according to the folks over at Eurogamer.
They believe that a forthcoming firmware update for the home PlayStation 3 console will allow the Vita to stream full PS3 games to the forthcoming handheld in real-time. If true, it opens up the possibility, when paired with the Vita’s Wi-Fi and 3G connections, of making the entire back catalogue of PS3 titles portable.
Eurogamer do note a few compromises will have to be made however. Firstly, the PS3 games will land on the Vita at a 480 x 272 resolution, compared to the full HD pixel density possible with the older console. When they are played on the Vita they will be then upscaled to the handheld console’s native resolution of 960 x 544, which will almost certainly lead to blurring and distortion of the graphics.
No word from Sony yet as to the validity of the rumours, but the precedent is certainly there. Currently, the PSP already allows for the remote play of less advanced PSN and PS1 titles.