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Sony has tried to cover every base with the PlayStation 3, right down to it being able to interact with the PSP. Some time ago Sony gave a demonstration where a PSP was being used as a rear view mirror in a PS3 driving game. Personally, I couldn’t think of a more ridiculous and potentially useless job for the PSP. It’s therefore good that Remote Play appears to have bags of potential.
Remote Play allows you to connect your PSP directly to your PS3 via Wi-Fi. The PSP then, to all intents and purposes, controls the PS3. You basically get the PS3 XMB on your PSP and can stream video and audio content to the PSP wirelessly. I was pretty impressed that all the video I streamed didn’t lag, judder or jump – it just played back smooth as silk on the little handheld device.
Remote Play is somewhat limited at the moment though. First, you have to connect directly to the PS3, which means that you’re limited by the wireless range of the console. With this in mind, I don’t see any reason why I’d want to stream a video from my PS3 and watch it on my PSP, when I can just walk into the next room and watch it on my high definition TV instead. Secondly, the PS3 is completely locked out once Remote Play is initiated, so you couldn’t even have one person in the house watching streamed video on their PSP, while another plays a game on the main console.
What we actually need from Remote Play is the ability to stream from the PS3 from anywhere in the world. Whenever you’ve got wireless access and your PSP, you should be able to pull content from your PS3. This is hardly the stuff of fairytales, since Sony’s own Location Free device does just that, so I would be surprised if it wasn’t already in the pipeline.
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