Just How Well Does PlayStation Vita Remote Play Work?
Posted by Kell Andersen
PlayStation Vita's Remote Play is arguably one of the most intriguing features of the PlayStation 4. Beholding the delightful destruction of Resogun while curled up in bed is an absolute joy. But if you don't own Sony's shiny new machine yet and want to see just how well the feature works, Digital Foundry has you covered. The publication's recently released a slew of test videos that really put the streaming function through its paces.
But how exactly does Remote Play work? Well, the image from the PS4 is downscaled from its native 1080p to a more manageable 720p, and then further downscaled to 960x540 and finally streamed to the Vita's OLED screen. It's therefore understandable, and expected, that the quality on the handheld isn't quite as dazzling as its console sibling. Put simply, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag will still look very good, you just won't be able to see every pore on Edward Kenway's weathered face. Moreover, the conversion means that the game's frame rate is cut from 60 frames-per-second to 30 frames-per-second. Ultimately, Digital Foundry concludes that while the feature is not without flaws, it's a neat little extra for those who are interested.
We've included the image quality comparison, but the site's also uploaded frame rate tests and latency tests, which are well worth a watch. What do you make of these comparisons? Do you plan on exploiting Remote Play? Tell us all the weird and wonderful places in which you plan on playing Resogun down below.