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Sony Pushing Cross-Platform Play With Freebies

If you bought Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 DLC on PS3, it'll work on Vita.

We now know WipEout HD and WipEout HD Fury are both coming to Vita in the coming months.

Being part of Sony’s ecosystem has its upsides, such as the ability to have games interact across devices, a promise that’s been part of games for years without anyone really taking advantage.

Sony’s hoping to encourage people to experiment with “cross-play” with a couple of neat promotions detailed on the PlayStation Blog.

Since owners of Hustle Kings on PlayStation 3 and Vita can play against one another, if you purchase the game on one platform, you’ll get the other one free-of-charge--for now, anyway. If you own WipEout 2048, Vita versions of WipEout HD and its Fury expansion coming “this spring” won’t cost you a thing, either.

Perhaps most interestingly, if you’ve purchased downloadable content for Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 for the PS3 version, you don’t need to buy it again on Vita. That’s a great deal for consumers, if an unexpected one. It’s unclear if the downloadable content is atually compatible across platforms or an entirely separate download.

If you’ve been able to give it a shot, let me know how it went for you.

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Posted by patrickklepek
We now know WipEout HD and WipEout HD Fury are both coming to Vita in the coming months.

Being part of Sony’s ecosystem has its upsides, such as the ability to have games interact across devices, a promise that’s been part of games for years without anyone really taking advantage.

Sony’s hoping to encourage people to experiment with “cross-play” with a couple of neat promotions detailed on the PlayStation Blog.

Since owners of Hustle Kings on PlayStation 3 and Vita can play against one another, if you purchase the game on one platform, you’ll get the other one free-of-charge--for now, anyway. If you own WipEout 2048, Vita versions of WipEout HD and its Fury expansion coming “this spring” won’t cost you a thing, either.

Perhaps most interestingly, if you’ve purchased downloadable content for Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 for the PS3 version, you don’t need to buy it again on Vita. That’s a great deal for consumers, if an unexpected one. It’s unclear if the downloadable content is atually compatible across platforms or an entirely separate download.

If you’ve been able to give it a shot, let me know how it went for you.

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Posted by RareMonkey

That seems like a good thing, but you still have to buy two copies of the games right?

Edited by thellama042

Edit: DAMN! So close!

This is a pretty awesome idea, since the games are the same across the platforms.

Posted by Vegetable_Side_Dish
@RareMonkey said:

That seems like a good thing, but you still have to buy two copies of the games right?

Nope, you get a copy for Vita free. 
Posted by RioStarwind

This doesn't help me much but if they can keep this trend going throughout it's life cycle I'll be impressed.

Posted by Heltom92

@Vegetable_Side_Dish said:

@RareMonkey said:

That seems like a good thing, but you still have to buy two copies of the games right?

Nope, you get a copy for Vita free.

Well if you are talking about MvC3 then it seems you are only getting DLC free, not the actual game.

Posted by Shakezula84

Can someone clarify for me. If you buy Wipeout 2048 for Vita, you get Wipeout HD for Vita for free?

Posted by RareMonkey

@Heltom92: Yea that was what I was referring to. Still cool that DLC seems to be cross platform though.

Posted by emergency

I just hope that this becomes more and more common. Especially for the less graphically demanding games, it would be great if they would port them across to the vita and have the two compatabile with each other. I would pay a tonne of money if I could start and play a Madden franchise on my PS3, then get on a bus next day take the cloudsave onto my vita via wifi, play one of my games on the vita on my way into university, re-save that sucked back onto the cloud and when I get home to the PS3 its just there waiting for me. That would truly be amazing, and if they decided that they'd only put that sort of awesome synergy between the Vita and the PS4.. i'd be pretty damn sold on a PS4.

Edited by Vegetable_Side_Dish
@Heltom92 said:

@Vegetable_Side_Dish said:

@RareMonkey said:

That seems like a good thing, but you still have to buy two copies of the games right?

Nope, you get a copy for Vita free.

Well if you are talking about MvC3 then it seems you are only getting DLC free, not the actual game.

Yeh, that's right. Not surprising it's not the full game, we're talking about Capcom after all.
Posted by RareMonkey

@emergency: I thought that was the idea for the whole crossplay stuff. I think there was an ad showing someone doing that with MLB the show.

Posted by emergency

@RareMonkey said:

@emergency: I thought that was the idea for the whole crossplay stuff. I think there was an ad showing someone doing that with MLB the show.

Thats awesome if it is. I'm not into baseball at all, in fact I've never played an MLB game or watched a game of baseball in my life (though I am from the UK...). Hopefully other sporting franchises take note and follow this.

Posted by SaturdayNightSpecials
If you bought Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 on PS3, it'll work on Vita.

Oh, cool!

If you bought Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 DLC on PS3, it'll work on Vita.

...Oh.

Posted by Corvak

Well I think the intent here is to let you choose Vita or PS3 without having to get both, and without limiting yourself on available DLC/Characters/online community.

And if you do get both, it means not buying DLC twice.

Not really a big deal for me, personally. But its better than having them be completely different games with separate online and DLC.

Posted by MooseyMcMan

For a second I thought PS3 owners of Wipeout HD could get it on Vita, but then I re-read it, and nope.

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Posted by RPG_Master

So, does any of this maybe some how hint at Wipeout 2048 coming to PS3? 'Cus that would be great.

Posted by devil_spawn666

Wait a minute, I own Hustle Kings on my PS3. IF I was to pick up a Vita, could I play Hustle Kings on my Vita without repurchasing Hustle Kings for said Vita?

Hustle Kings, Hustle Kings, Hustle Kings, Hustle Kings, Hustle Kings....

/Hustle Kings

Posted by tmj

Wording is kind of weird but PS Blog seems to explain it in about as plain english as possible:

  • If you purchase Hustle Kings for PS Vita, you will get Hustle Kings on PS3 for free. If you already own Hustle Kings on PS3, you’ll be able to download the PS Vita version for free.
  • If you purchase WipEout 2048, you will be able to download WipEout 2048’s DLC packs, WipEout HD and HD Fury for free when they launch on PS Vita later this spring (if you already own the PS3 versions)
  • DLC purchased for the PS3 version of Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 can be used on the PS Vita version for free (and vice versa).
Posted by devil_spawn666

@tmj said:

Wording is kind of weird but PS Blog seems to explain it in about as plain english as possible:

  • If you purchase Hustle Kings for PS Vita, you will get Hustle Kings on PS3 for free. If you already own Hustle Kings on PS3, you’ll be able to download the PS Vita version for free.
  • If you purchase WipEout 2048, you will be able to download WipEout 2048’s DLC packs, WipEout HD and HD Fury for free when they launch on PS Vita later this spring (if you already own the PS3 versions)
  • DLC purchased for the PS3 version of Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 can be used on the PS Vita version for free (and vice versa).

Good news regarding Hustle Kings. I own it already on PS3 so I can get a free copy on Vita.

I own Wipeout HD (and HD Fury) on PS3, so I would have to buy Wipeout 2048 on Vita to get the Wipeout and HD Fury for Vita for free in the spring, not so good news. Oh well, don't play Wipeout much anymore these days anyway, so no great loss.

Posted by mcmax3000

@emergency: Yep, RareMonkey is correct. They are doing exactly that with MLB 12: The Show. You can swap between the Vita & PS3 versions for your Franchise & Road to the Show (which is the Career mode where you build up a single player).

It's too bad they weren't doing a freebie type thing for The Show. I'm getting it on the PS3 and if I also got a free copy for the Vita with it (maybe when you redeem the Online Pass so that they can know who buys a new copy), that would make me a lot more likely to buy a Vita (I probably still wouldn't do it right now because of the price but it would tempt me a lot).

Posted by Evercaptor

I really like cross play, and I think public acceptance from a huge company like Sony is a step on the way to remove the stigma surrounding a healthy lifestyle choice.

Posted by NaCl

@RareMonkey said:

That seems like a good thing, but you still have to buy two copies of the games right?

Talk about looking a gift horse in the mouth.

Also this is Cap-ILOVEMONEY-com we are talking about here. It's fucking miracle Sony convinced them not to gouge us.

Edited by skrutop

@NaCl said:

@RareMonkey said:

That seems like a good thing, but you still have to buy two copies of the games right?

Talk about looking a gift horse in the mouth.

Also this is Cap-ILOVEMONEY-com we are talking about here. It's fucking miracle Sony convinced them not to gouge us.

It's a bit unfair to expect a company to give out a free copy of a game on the Vita just because you bought it for the PS3. As for the free MvC3 DLC, you're making a big assumption that Sony convinced Capcom to offer that.

Posted by WilltheMagicAsian

@patrickklepek said:

Perhaps most interestingly, if you’ve purchased downloadable content for Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 for the PS3 version, you don’t need to buy it again on Vita. That’s a great deal for consumers, if an unexpected one. It’s unclear if the downloadable content is atually compatible across platforms or an entirely separate download.

Yes Patrick, atually.

Posted by plaintomato

All I'm really looking for is games I want to actually play that I can play on both systems with shared save files. I don't think that's gonna happen, at least not enough to be worth it.

Posted by Goldanas

If you want to get technical about it, Capcom announced they were doing cross-platform DLC for UMvC3 a long time ago with one of their trailers (which is actually right here on this site). It's even been up on their webpage about the game as one of the bulletpointed features.

The other two notions are news to me though. I knew their would be a Wipeout Fury/HD compatibility pack, but I'd assumed it'd be free for all. I suppose it's not like anybody doesn't already own it now anyway; they were giving it away fro free for a while there, and most people (like myself), probably purchased it before then anyway. 1080p 60fps speed. It was beautiful.

Maybe if, when they release that compatibility pack for 2048, they also fix the framerate, I might then pick it up.

Posted by NaCl

@skrutop said:

@NaCl said:

@RareMonkey said:

That seems like a good thing, but you still have to buy two copies of the games right?

Talk about looking a gift horse in the mouth.

Also this is Cap-ILOVEMONEY-com we are talking about here. It's fucking miracle Sony convinced them not to gouge us.

It's a bit unfair to expect a company to give out a free copy of a game on the Vita just because you bought it for the PS3.

Well, technically it's the same game. Kind of like watch a movie on both your iPhone and on your TV - format shifting.

But ya you are right. However, plenty of people here with self-entitlement complexes don't think so though.

As for the free MvC3 DLC, you're making a big assumption that Sony convinced Capcom to offer that.

Wait. You think Capcom will give up an opportunity to squeeze their customers for a little bit more money? Capcom?!

Let be honest here, the only company that benefits from "cross-platfrom freebies" is Sony. Capcom ain't their "friend" - there is no such thing as "friends" among "maximize shareholder value at all cost" corporations. There is no reason for Capcom to give away ANYTHING for free.

Posted by Xenctuary

@WilltheMagicAsian said:

@patrickklepek said:

Perhaps most interestingly, if you’ve purchased downloadable content for Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 for the PS3 version, you don’t need to buy it again on Vita. That’s a great deal for consumers, if an unexpected one. It’s unclear if the downloadable content is atually compatible across platforms or an entirely separate download.

Yes Patrick, atually.

Oh my god, he left out a letter! Alert the Secret Service!

Posted by Roddykat

There was also that Motorstorm RC game (assuming it's still in the works) for the Vita/PS3 that also let you buy one get the other free. I was hoping then that they would do more of this and hope it continues.

Posted by ValiantGrizzly

Needs more use of the term 'transfarring'. Come on, guys, lets bring it back.

Posted by Legend

@WilltheMagicAsian said:

@patrickklepek said:

Perhaps most interestingly, if you’ve purchased downloadable content for Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 for the PS3 version, you don’t need to buy it again on Vita. That’s a great deal for consumers, if an unexpected one. It’s unclear if the downloadable content is atually compatible across platforms or an entirely separate download.

Yes Patrick, atually.

XD

Posted by fred2265

Great news if it happens.

Posted by JesterPC238

This is a good sign for the Vita. By asking so much for the system, software, and memory (compared to devices like the 3DS and smartphones) Sony has to really work to provide value. I think this is a step in the right direction.

Posted by mariokart64fan

good news? more like not worth my dime news, as 1 i already own wipe out hd , and its expansion 2 i dont care for wipe out nor do i care about a pool game i think vita needs more games that push the darn thing , how about better third party support cause right now the upcoming games list is very slim , compared to 3ds this time of release i dont even see a nascar wwe driver or gta game on the upcoming list yet and thats a shocker , lcs launched w psp . driver launched w wii and 3ds respectivelly also psp has driver 76 ,, i say besides the 3 games im about to list this thing is on life support- uncharted asphalt modnation racers road trip