One of the features that will be making it into Sony's next-gen console – the PlayStation 4 – is remote play with the PlayStation Vita. According to Eurogamer, a PlayStation 4 developer has revealed that Sony is mandating that all PS4 games will feature remote play. This, for obvious reasons, excludes games that need the bundled PS4 Eye stereosopic camera.

Remote Play is essentially having the ability to play your PS4 games on the PS Vita. It works by downscaling the 1080p framebuffer to the Vita's 960 x 544 resolution. It uses the PS4's built-in h.264 encoder hardware to compress the image, which is then sent to the Vita over Wi-Fi. The Vita decodes the video and sends controller input back to the PS4. This back-and-forth allows anyone to play PS4 games on a Vita as long as they're connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

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This has the potential to give new life to the PlayStation Vita. The handheld gaming system hasn't seen a lot of commercial success since its launch, despite its competitor – the Nintendo 3DS – making a hefty profit.

Not only has the Vita failed to attract customers, but developers also seem to steer clear of the device. That isn't to say the handheld system doesn't have any high profile games, however. Ubisoft had released Assassin's Creed 3: Liberation for the Vita alongside the launch of Assassin's Creed 3. Activision had also released its own game – Call of Duty Black Ops: Declassified, but that was critically panned.

The PlayStation 4 is expected to hit stores by the end of the year.

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