Sony Adds An Indie Game Category To The Playstation Vita Store


Indie titles are succeeding on the Playstation 3 in their own category, so it’s only natural that the channel would make it’s way to the Playstation Vita. I’ve personally purchased no less than four titles since the indie category launched, and with strong indie developer support mounting for Sony‘s Playstation 4 console, indie titles that utilize the Vita’s remote play feature could boost it’s value exponentially.

More titles like Sly Cooper: Thieves In Time, Guacamelee, and the newly released Hotline Miami (part of the indie category) all share the cross play functionality. Sony will also be mandating remote play functionality on all Playstation 4 games that don’t require additional peripheral support. It’s a smart gambit to tether the Vita to Sony’s PS3 and PS4 consoles as it adds value to to all three devices, and the addition of indie games offers a larger selection of titles available on the Vita platform.

There’s no confirmation as of yet if PS4 titles, which are set to distribute at $59.99, will include the Vita version as well for that price. If so, the value of buying games on a Playstation 4 would be undeniable. There’s also question as to the strength of the streaming capabilities GaiKai will provide on the PS4, and if streaming games from the PS4 to the Vita will only be available outside of a wifi connection.

We’re starting to get a better picture of how these devices will not only co-exist, but compliment each other. There’s still several loose ends Sony will need to tie up to make the PS Vita an on-the-go Playstation 4 console. We’ll update as we receive more information.

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Dylan Zellmer

Dylan splits time between games journalism, designing video games, and playing them. Outside of his deep involvement in the games industry, he enjoys It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Shameless, A Song of Ice and Fire, fitness, and family.
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