During Gamescom 2012, Sony demonstrated how the PlayStation Vita can mimic a Wii U GamePad’s capabilities. According to 1up editor Chris Pereira, Sony is aiming to shift the focus of Wii U potential buyers toward the PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 3 cross-play feature. Sony is apparently trying to let consumers know that, when connected to a PlayStation 3, the PlayStation Vita can do the same thing and “possibly even better” than Nintendo’s upcoming console.
“Particularly in today’s on-stage demonstration of the new LittleBigPlanet 2 DLC, which is coming later this year, Sony didn’t shy away from attempting taking the wind out of Nintendo’s sails. It’s looking for any reason to help sell Vitas, and this functionality certainly doesn’t make it any less attractive to potential buyers, but more importantly this feature is something that makes what Nintendo has to offer seem less special. As Sony looks to sell its own hardware this holiday (and simultaneously hopes its own next-gen offering, not the Wii U, will eventually be the big seller), what better way is there to hurt interest in the competition’s offering than by showing how you can do the same thing, possibly even better?”