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PS3 Hack Streams Games to PS Vita: Please Sony, Just Make This Official

by Lambert Varias

Remote Play – a feature that allows wireless access to the PS3 via a PSP or PS Vita – has yet to take off and is only compatible with a handful of PS3 games. We’ve already seen one man make a custom device that does just that with any PS3 game. Now a YouTuber has uploaded video showing a PS Vita streaming PS3 games from a jailbroken PS3.

ps vita streaming ps3 games remote play hack

The videos were uploaded by YouTuber homer49. In the video below he demos the hack using Battlefield 3. One neat feature of the hack is that lets the user map the L2, R2, L3 and R3 buttons to the rear touch panels. That’s great news because it means all controls are accounted for – something that wasn’t possible with the PSP – making an official version of this feature much more possible.

That said, homer49 says that you can’t access a PS3 game’s online features when streaming to the PS Vita. There is also a very noticeable lag between button presses. Combine the two and this hack is all but pointless for a huge number of games. Then again, this is an unofficial implementation. Who knows what Sony and video game developers could come up with if they set their minds to it.

In the video below, homer49 explains how the hack works. Unfortunately it’s in Spanish so I can’t tell you exactly what he said – and that annoying creaking sound in the background doesn’t help – but he did say in the description that it requires the custom firmware version 3.55 or 3.41 for the PS3 and a jailbreak program called Multiman. You’ll then have to register the PS Vita on the PS3 as a mobile phone in order to connect it.

I am really hoping that Sony would release an official version of this hack, but there are a number of reasons why they might not do it. Aside from the lag, functionality and power management issues, there’s the issue of cannibalization. If this feature was made official some gamers might opt not to buy PS Vita games and use the handheld primarily to stream from the PS3 instead. Why buy NBA 2K13 for the PS Vita if you can stream the console version?

On the other hand, if the PS Vita had a feature like this when it launched, I’m sure it would be flying off the shelves for years. Skyrim on the toilet? Shut up and take my money! Then when the PS Vita games arrive some of those who bought the handheld for streaming will still end up buying those games. Assuming they’re worth buying of course. I also doubt this feature would work via 3G – homer49 was streaming via Wi-Fi and the lag was still there – so it’s not like gamers can stream games all the time. That’s another reason to buy PS Vita games.

You can speculate with me in the comments, or head to homer49’s channel for more videos of the hack in action.

[via The Verge]

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Comments (11):

  1. Luke says:

    What SHOULD happen is that this is made official. What will actually happen is that this guy will get sued by Sony for hacking into THEIR property and he will not be legally allowed in the same room as a PS3 for the rest of his life. It is part of their “Shoot ourselves in the foot” policy.

  2. x3x says:

    Errr why u wanna stream and play it on the vita ? when u can play it on the ps3 w/ bigger tv screen ?

  3. Whirt says:

    This is it! If it’s possible then I definitely buy PS Vita.
    “Skyrim on the toilet” is my dream! :D

  4. blkshadez says:

    Sony wont release the feature to all games like it says above there will be no sales of actual vita games if they did leaving them at a loss.However if they did i wont be surprised if the actual ps3 game prices shoot up to compansate

    • annon. says:

      now that sounds like a plan you want to stream ps3 games off the vita so pay more for the ps3 games just 10 more bucks on top of 60 or 70 for those of you who like the special addition games will be fucked lol pay up to play up

  5. Phil says:

    I can see the appeal of smashing in a 30-yard screamer in FIFA Football whilst sat on the loo! It would certainly pass the time in a much less mundane manner! COD: Modern Warfare 3 in the garden with a cold beer next to me? I think I could handle that!

    I came across this site whilst searching for PS Vita games. I also came this useful website:


    It let’s you price compare PS Vita games and consoles quickly and easily. Saved myself a load of time and money using it to purchase my PS Vita (3G version) for about £200 a month back. It might be worth a look for you too.

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