Sony Computer Entertainment President Shuhei Yoshida has stated today via Twitter that all PlayStation 4 games will require implementation of the PS Vita Remote Play feature. This ensures that every PlayStation 4 game will be playable on the handheld device to some degree. Barring certain games that require additional hardware like the PlayStation Eye, all PS4 games will have to meet the requirement.
Here's Shuhei Yoshida's tweet confirming the news:
@mrdawe Yes, it's true unless the game requires specific hardware like the camera. It will be great to play PS4 games on PS Vita.— Shuhei Yoshida (@yosp) May 29, 2013
The confirmation comes on the back of various sources spreading the news earlier this morning. While none of the sources seem particularly aggravated by the new requirement, it will undoubtedly increase the workload for developers. Theres' the process of converting the video to work on the Vita's screen, which may or may not mess with the experience, but also the requirement of a new control scheme, which may be frustrating for some more demanding games.
That said, the requirement absolutely makes the PS Vita seem a little more alluring. Basically, Sony will capitalize on one of the major features of Nintendo's Wii U GamePad without forcing users to purchase the device. Also, PlayStation 4! I wonder how the games will look on the PS Vita's smaller screen.