Sony’s announced that any future PlayStation Vita owners that already own copies of Hustle Kings and Top Darts on the PlayStation 3 will be able to download the handheld versions of the recreational sports titles absolutely free. The offer's set to swing both ways, with those that pick up the PS Vita versions of the titles netting the PlayStation 3 releases for free too.

It’s part of a much wider initiative that sees players grabbing the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita versions of specific cross-compatible games for a single price-point.

MotorStorm RC remains the best example of the philosophy, with a single £4.79 investment rewarding players with the home console and handheld versions of the game.

Not one to skip out on all the fun, WipEout 2048's also joining the cross-price bonanza. In the case of Sony’s super-speedy futuristic racer, if you already own WipEout HD and its Fury DLC pack on PS3, you’ll be able to download WipEout 2048’s subsequent DLC for free.

And then of course there’s Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom 3. While you won’t be getting any freebies for your investment, if you purchase any of the fighter’s DLC, regardless of platform, you'll be able to access it across both versions of the title. So, one outlay with double the pay-off.

Sony’s making out like this is all promotional business – which, of course it is – but we honestly believe that cross-platform compatibility is one of the PS Vita’s greatest strengths, and we’d be surprised if it didn’t become a key pillar of the PlayStation business going forwards.

[via blog.us.playstation.com]