Vita Can Function as a PS3 Controller

Sony has made a major announcement regarding the PlayStation Vita and its functionality. At the Develop Conference 2011, Sony’s Phil Rogers revealed that the handheld would be able to act as a PlayStation 3 controller. Of course, it won’t just be any old controller. No, it’s going to have some interesting features, reports Eurogamer.

“PS3 can send data down to Vita and Vita can display it,” announced Rogers. “You could use the unique features [of Vita]–gyroscope, touch front and back–as a control device for a PS3 game. You can run software on both devices and use the network to sync the game states. And that’s pretty good, because you then have the processing power of the PS3 doing that work, Vita [doing] fancy graphics–however you want to do it.”

Additionally, cross-platform play will be fully intact between the PlayStation 3 and Vita. And if that wasn’t enough, Rogers stated that all of these cool features would be available upon the Vita’s launch. This is certainly great news for potential Vita adopters, and the fact that you can sync your PlayStation 3 games to your Vita and play them directly on the handheld is pretty freaking sweet.

That said, this all sounds very “Wii U.” And while some may argue that Nintendo’s upcoming console now has direct competition in terms of functionality, remember that the Vita is a separate device that must be purchased, while the Wii U comes packed with the tablet controller. That means PlayStation 3 owners who want this type of gameplay feature are going to have to shell out some extra cash for the Vita, while Wii U adopters will be treated to it right out of the box.

Still, there’s no denying that the Vita looks like a solid device, and these new features make it even more enticing. We’ll have to wait and see how it all plays out once the system hits the market.