Crossplatform PS3 and PS Vita games only require one purchase

February 16, 2012

Crossplatform PS3 and PS Vita games only require one purchase The idea of being able to play a PS3 game and then be able to continue exactly where you left off on the PS Vita is a feature Sony and even Konami’s Hideo Kojima has been touting.

Many initially speculated that gamers would have to purchase a combo pack price of both versions of the game for the PS Vita and PS3, which may still be the case for some. According to the PlayStation Blog, gamers will only have to purchase one copy of the game for both versions for many of the launch titles.


  • When you buy MotorStorm RC you will be able to play it on PS3 and PS Vita at no additional cost.
  • When you buy Hustle Kings and/or Top Darts for PS Vita, you will get the PS3 versions for free. If you already own these games on PS3, you’ll be able to download the PS Vita version for free.
  • If you purchase WipEout 2048 and you already own WipEout HD and the HD Fury DLC on PS3, you will be able to download them for free when they launch on PS Vita later this spring.
  • DLC purchased for the PS3 version of Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 can be used on the PS Vita version for free (and vice versa).

Additionally, games such as WipEout 2048 and Hustle Kings will allow gamers to compete against each other via Vita and PS3. This finally means that PS3 owners will now be able to play with someone that may not even own a console.

This is probably the first initiative of this kind, as this is something PSP and DS gamers have been asking for ages.

71 Responses to “Crossplatform PS3 and PS Vita games only require one purchase”

  1. Godless:

    Cool move by Sony.

  2. Roca.:

    “•DLC purchased for the PS3 version of Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 can be used on the PS Vita version for free (and vice versa)”

    Almost got me again Capcom…but I rather get the game free and pay for the DLC….I wouldn’t your shitty game twice.

  3. ncaissie:

    So is twilitight and I the only ones with the vita so far?
    It Friday so I know it’s going to be a slow day.

  4. Roca.:

    5 more days until I get my Vita :)

  5. Roca.:

    long weekend for me :D

  6. ncaissie:

    Hmm, I’m enjoying it dude. I can’t believe you waited.

  7. Roca.:

    “I can’t believe you waited”

    I can’t believe it either..three things changed my mind

    1. Uncharted was not included (like it was in Canada)
    2. 4GB was not enough, I’m getting a 16GB instead
    3. Don’t need 3G when I can my phone can tether in 4G 8)

  8. ncaissie:

    This is the kind of thing they should be doing to entice people to buy new over used. Not punish the people who buy new games.

  9. oldschool1987:

    Great news everyone: my PS3 is knackered! The picture kept going and then finally cut to black. At first I thought it was my HD cable, tried another and no joy. Tried another TV and still no joy, tried the SCART lead and that worked, tried going through all the settings, even the hard start that leads to the settings menu and done a file restore which claimed my hard drive is corrupted and can’t be mended. I tried playing BF3 in SD but gave up after 15 seconds, can’t go back to that. Fucking pissed off…

  10. twilight:

    After spending time with the Vita, all I can say is wow. The Vita really is an amazing handheld system. The graphics are great and it is a nice quality system. It is definitely the greatest handheld system ever.

  11. twilight:

    It sucks that your system quit working. It especially sucks when it is your primary system that quit working.

  12. oldschool1987:

    Thing is te console works perfectly just not in HD. It works in SD only which is not good enough. Sony won’t repair the fault they want to replace the whole system for over 100 quid. There’s no inbetween with them.

  13. Roca.:


  14. oldschool1987:

    Thanks a lot for helping find a solution Roca, I tried all those already and it still didn’t work. I’m going to phone a local electronic store Monday that specialises in console repair, if they can’t help then I’ll have to fork out £110 for a replacement. Not exactly what I want to spent £110 on when buying a house :( but a man needs his fix and the 360 doesn’t hit the spot for me.

  15. ncaissie:

    Did you try swapping out the hdd? Maybe the spot on the hdd that holds the video display settings is where the corruption is. Long shot but you never know.

  16. oldschool1987:

    I haven’t got another HDD to swap it with. It does keep saying its corrupted but I don’t want to waste money on another HDD if that’s not even the problem lol.

  17. Roca.:

    will HD through component work for you?

  18. CarlB:

    “Not punish the people who buy new games.”

    How are they punishing people who buy new games?

    Hey OS, that’s what you get for having so many trophies. Your PS3 said “fuck this shit! This guy’s a maniac!”

    OT: 13 Assassins is bad-ass! (Netflix streaming).

  19. ncaissie:

    Sony said the vita supported HTML5 but you can’t watch YouTube videos. They all say you need html5 or flash supported browser. :( wtf Sony?

  20. ncaissie:

    “How are they punishing people who buy new games?”
    Simple. Guys like me and stores like bestbuy will only pay $10 less for a game from anyone. Therefore the only one loosing is the people who buy new and wish to recover some of their money.

    Who would buy them at say $5 less than new like EB charges and pay $10 for the pass?

  21. CarlB:

    Give ‘em a break NC. You know they’ll have that capability within a patch or few. In the meantime you have the most kickin’ portable handheld ever known to man, with largest library of available dual analog controlled games.

    And haven’t you heard? We’re not supposed to sell our games. If we do we’re not supporting the industry like all good little sheeple should. ;)

  22. ncaissie:

    I know, I love the vita. It rocks but this HTML 5 thing pisses me off when in their comercials they said it supported it.

  23. dans303:

    “13 Assassins is bad-ass! (Netflix streaming).”


    It doesn’t seem to be available on Netflix in the UK. :(

    I really want to see it after reading the synopsis:

    “The film culminates in a mind-blowing, forty-five minute battle sequence that rivals anything seen before in the genre.”


  24. Barnabe Jones:

    huh.. that actually does sound good.

    Kill Bill 1 is all time favorite. This interests me. :D

    “spent £110 on when buying a house”

    Me too. I really want a Vita, but just shouldn’t get it yet… shouldn’t, but still might lol.

  25. CarlB:

    Sorry to hear that dans… regions can be a bitch sometimes… it was for my near two years in Japan.

    As for the Vita, I’ll reconsider if some 90 or above games come out that are exclusive to it. $300+ (with a decent memory card) just isn’t something I can justify for a mini-PS3.

  26. ncaissie:

    I got the vita last week and there are still things missing that I can’t wait to try. I want to play the augmented reality games. They aren’t in the store yet.
    Btw anyone with a vita should get the game escape plan. Very cool game and only $15. Pisses me off that it’s dl only but at $15 I’ll bite. Anything over $15 won’t happen. I’ll get in my truck and drive to EB or best buy first.
    Dam I love this new uncharted. When my kids go to bed at 8 my wife and I usually lay in bed and watch TV. Now I can play on the vita while she watches tv. LOL. And with remote play I can play a lot of my ps3 games directly on the Vita.

  27. twilight:

    I absolutely love Kill Bill as well. It is one of my favorite movies of all time.

  28. oldschool1987:

    Anyone seen Ong Bak?

  29. ncaissie:


  30. ncaissie:

    So Phranc are you getting the vita wed?

  31. twilight:

    No, I haven’t seen Ong Bak.

  32. ncaissie:

    Twilight did you get escape plan? I’m stuck on the dart guy level. LMFAO I need to cheat already. I’ll give it a few more tries before I do though.

  33. Barnabe Jones:


    How do you like Escape Plan? Looks pretty cool.

  34. Roca.:


    I already downloaded Escape Plan on my PS3 and it’s ready to be transferred to the Vita when I get it on Wednesday.

    anyone looking for a good RPG, this game seems great and it’s getting great reviews

  35. ncaissie:

    @BJ it’s really good. I got past that level.

    @Roca you’re going to like it.

    Where in the h@ll is everyone today?

  36. Roca.:

    it’s presidents day here in the US. Most of us have the day off today :)

  37. Barnabe Jones:

    I don’t :(

    Do you guys think there’s any chance that the new Ghost Rider movie won’t suck?

  38. Roca.:

    the movie looks like it’ll have a better story than the first…and it seems it will be more action packed as well.

  39. Roca.:

    gamestop and target have a buy 2 get 1 free deal on all Vita games.

  40. Roca.:

    Amazon is having the same deal as well –

  41. CarlB:

    “this game seems great and it’s getting great reviews”

    I’ve been following it, but the thing is it’s Japanese only at the moment and no release date for an English version. I could probably play through it, but I do prefer to be able to understand all the words in my RPG’s.

  42. CarlB:


    “In the agency’s (DARPA) $2.8 billion budget for 2013, they’ve allotted $7 million for a project titled ‘Avatar.’ The project’s goal: develop interfaces and algorithms to enable a soldier to effectively partner with a semi-autonomous bi-pedal machine and allow it to act as the soldier’s surrogate.”

  43. Roca.:

    “I’ve been following it, but the thing is it’s Japanese only at the moment and no release date for an English version”

    Gamestop have it for May

  44. CarlB:

    Cool, May 29… I’ll look for the reviews a little over three months from now. Hopefully it translates well and gets outstanding reviews here too.

  45. Godless:


    I’m not sure bipedal is the way forward, especially in very rough areas.

    The best I have seen so far is big dog, the idea is that this machine is equipped with heat and motion tracking weaponry and a camera that transmits what it sees back to a control unit.

    set it loose, Anyone not wearing a transponder would be a target

    Yeah, not exactly stealthy, but a new set of high power graphene batteries should see him good ;)

    I think the more legs the better, a spider like machine would probably have the best stability and manoeuvrability, so long as it didn’t get to bulky.

    Honda’s ASIMO is probably about the best bipedal robot I’ve seen, and while he’s so very cool, he’s not exactly a master of rough retain ;)

  46. Godless:

    LOL just looked through some more of boston dynamics robots, and some of the biped footage looks pretty good. ASIMO is looking like he has been left behind a little.

    Hope I live long enough to see some of this tech become a real world reality

    Got to love the military budget

  47. Roca.:

    Hey Godless,

    did you watch the video I sent you on PSN?

  48. ncaissie:

    PSN doesn’t give me the option to open the attachments Roca.
    Any idea why?

  49. Roca.:

    it should’ve given you the option to download it into your HDD.

    You have to open the message while you’re not playing playing a game.

  50. Godless:


    I had the same issue as caissie, it showed as having an attachment, but I couldn’t open it?

  51. ncaissie:

    I don’t think I was in a game.

  52. Roca.:

    Maybe the video is watchable inside U3 (somewhere in the game). I have to check that out…I’ll send one to myself to see what’s going on.

  53. Roca.:

    did you guys hit the “down” button to highlight the attachment (after opening the message)? when highlighted, hit X to download.

  54. ncaissie:

    It skips the attachment and goes to the reply button.

  55. Roca.:

    on the PS3 or on the Vita…?

  56. twilight:

    No, I didn’t get Escape Plan yet. I’ve been too busy showing the Vita off.

  57. ncaissie:

    On the ps3. Resend it to see if I can get it on the vita. I didn’t have the vita at the time.

  58. ncaissie:

    It’s a good game to show off the vita with. Also raymon is pretty cool.

  59. CarlB:

    “I’m not sure bipedal is the way forward, especially in very rough areas.”

    The thing about robots is they don’t necessarily have to move like humans. Even if they are primarily bipedal, they could essentially transform to quadripedal in especially rough terrain, or have any number of assists in the way of propulsion tech to bipass that terrain entirely.

    We already have drones to scout and attack the enemy in rough terrain. The greatest loss of life is still IED’s. Most of these are located along smooth terrain such as roads and paths.

    The advantage of this avatar tech is the operator (in this case an EOD tech) can not only see, but also feel his way naturally around a minefield or bomb, at no risk to his own person.

    The robot may be expensive, but nowhere near as much as the EOD tech’s own experience which can save many other lives. Or the surgeon’s, who is often on or near the battlefield as well. Or practically any other MOS expert. Or just any human. Nobody, besides maybe some funding officials or bureaucrats, will ever really mourn the loss of a robot (at least not until we get to “A.I.” movie levels).

    Of course, the natural progression would be towards avatars with all the strengths of a human that we could relate to the most as operators, but also faster, stronger, and more invulnerable to attack, with more capabilities to rescue, repair, defuse, navigate, heal, attack, monitor, analyze, test, build, and scout. Eventually, avatars indistinguishable from humans would obviously have unique advantages as well.

    Right now the tech is still relatively nascent, but promising:

    “the application of a sensory-laden telepresence robot in a dangerous area is something that’s been in the works for years. One of these robots could do wonders at a location like Fukishima, where the radiation level is too high for humans to get near. Doctors could use this robot to perform remote surgery, assuming the Internet connection is fast enough to allow close to real-time telepresence.
    ‘The Telesar V can move in seven different directions, and it has joints just like humans do. Coolest of all, the sensors on the Telesar’s hands are sensitive enough (and high-tech enough!) to relay texture at a level advanced enough to determine a smooth surface or something bumpy like a LEGO.”

    “Our aim is to make it feel as if you’re really in another place, and this is really your body, and to enable you to do the things you can with your own body.”


  60. CarlB:

    “Also raymon is pretty cool.”

    Any difference from the PS3 version, besides being portable?

  61. Roca.:

    I was thinking about getting Rayman but I already have it for the PS3.

    Maybe I’ll do Plants vs Zombie again ;)

    So my girl got Uncharted, ModNation and Little Deviants… I might swap Little Deviants for Hot Shots Golf

  62. ncaissie:

    “Any difference from the PS3 version, besides being portable?”
    I haven’t tried the ps3 version but I’m guessing it would be the same.

  63. ncaissie:

    PvZ is a $2 game ported to everything just like angry birds. I would never pay for it. I got it from PSN+ and never played it. My kids do though.

  64. phranctoast:

    It would be nice if you only had to purchase Rayman once and it would be cross platform.

  65. Roca.:

    yeah I already have Rayman…I’d probably play it more on the Vita but I’m not paying for it twice.

  66. CarlB:

    I guess the key is being able to play the portable versions in the first place, even if you have to pay extra for it… at least you have the option to spend more if you love the game that much or haven’t played it yet. But aren’t you already able to play all PS3 games on Vita as long as you have a connection? So what are you paying $40 extra for? Trophies and offline play?

    I’d like to see them implement the cross platform capabilities out of the box with as much fervor as they have the PSN Pass/online pass programs, but I doubt that will happen for obvious profit potential reasons.

    Vita is still “new” right now, so they’ll capitalize on that and implement moves to increase value (like making cross platform more universal) down the line if the momentum wears down, hopefully.

    Rayman Origins also enjoys the privilege of being the highest rated Vita title, so at least you are getting quality for your money.

    The thing that gets me is the title released just three months ago on PS3/360.

    PS3 Rayman Origins – $29.99
    Vita Rayman Origins – $43.96

    Again, capitalization on “the new shit” syndrome, but who can blame them if it’s working, right?

    It’s certainly the lesser evil over UBI’s other capitalization:

    Dungeon Hunter Alliance – $39.99
    PSN – $19.99
    iOS – $4.99

    Even ignoring the iOS version completely, a full $20 more for the same game?

  67. ncaissie:

    “But aren’t you already able to play all PS3 games on Vita as long as you have a connection?”

    Not every game can do this. The first (and only) one it tried ( moto storm A) said it wasn’t compatible. I don’t know if Sony is going to fix this.
    I need a new card but another $100 is pissing me off. I’m not sure if 16 is enough and don’t really want to spend the money if it isn’t. I could sell it and the 4GB to make it back I suppose. But $100 just sucks ass. Although I did spend it in the 64GB iPhone, 32GB iPod touch and 64GB iPad 2.

  68. ncaissie:

    I think they should make things cheaper to start with to get people buying the hardware.

  69. phranctoast:

    “Even ignoring the iOS version completely, a full $20 more for the same game?”

    The additional features (Co op, HD rez)in the game makes it worth it more than the IOS version at least. Still no reason for it to be $20 more than the PSN version which is the same thing.

    Final Fantasy Tactics

    I’m sure there’s examples both ways.

  70. CarlB:

    If the additional features of the PSN version make it worth more than the OS version, then I’m sure it works both ways:

    Final Fantasy Tactics:

    PSN: $9.99
    iPAD: $17.99 (reduced times, higher resolution, etc.)

    This example (one of very few exceptions where iOS is priced higher than PSN) shows an $8 difference, not a $35 difference.

  71. CarlB:

    Fortunately, Sony is finally pricing some of their games lower. FFT is a great start, and even parity with Sonic CD ($4.99) is very encouraging. I hope they keep it up.

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