As you probably know by now, Sony is really pushing the PlayStation 4’s remote-play capabilities. That means that you should be able to play most PS4 games on your PlayStation Vita as long as they’re both connected to that ol’ Internet thing. But while “most” means “more than half,” or “nearly all,” there are still going to be plenty of games that fall between the cracks. One such game might wind up being Blizzard’s Diablo III, which is coming to the PlayStation 4 sometime in 2014.
CVG asked Julie Humphreys, the console port of the game’s senior producer, about remote play on the Vita, and here’s what she had to say:
“That is something we are looking into. I would say we are in the earliest stages of looking at that. We want to make sure that it is readable and is a good user experience.”
The issue, of course, is that the Vita is a small screen, and that can make a game like Diablo III kind of…horrible. Humphreys said as much earlier when speaking with GameSpot, the post points out:
“The Vita is an amazing piece of kit, but the screen is still smaller. And also it has its own aspect ratio – and when you look at Diablo III, there’s a lot happening on-screen already. You get surrounded by your enemies, lots of effects flying off in every direction. The inventory can be pretty complicated to navigate sometimes when you have lots of items.”
True enough! And good on them for making sure that they don’t make a game worse by making it available on the Vita. But, and I say this with sincerity, who cares? Like, the Vita remote-play bit is an extra feature that’s definitely a value-add, but it comes with some pretty clear gameplay risks. Obviously playing on a smaller screen means trouble—but that should be inherent in the deal. I would love it if Blizzard just went for it.
Furthermore, even if things are smaller, can you imagine how cool Diablo III on the go—with touch-controls—would be? The touchscreen is pretty sensitive on the Vita, and I can really see how it could be implemented well on the handheld.
Blizzard, not only should you make it so Diablo III works on the Vita, you should straight up implement some touch-controls for that thing. I demand it. As for the smallness of things, that’s what pinch-and-zoom is for, amirite?