PS Vita Can Be Used to Play PS3 Games, Share Processing Power

Sony has revealed that their new handheld can be used as a PS3 controller, allowing the features of the device to add extra dimensions of gamepaly to PS3 titles.

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It seems the Wii U's vaunted ability for people to use the tablet controller as a portable console screen isn't unique, as Sony has revealed that the PS Vita can basically do the same thing. 

Sony Europe's R&D Manager Phil Rogers revealed a bunch of PS Vita info at the 2011 Develop Conference , including the cross-processing ability of the PSV-PS3 connection and more. "PS3 can send data down to Vita and Vita can display it. You could use the unique features [of the PSV] – 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 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 it's highly unlikely that this is going to result in anything particularly awesome, the fact that it can be done at all will no doubt result in some neat gameplay opportunities for owners of both devices. To read more about these developments, check out Eurogamer's full story here.