PS3/PS Vita Cross-Play Handbook (Updated 04SEP13)

The Cross-Platform features that exist between the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita are excellent – and abundant. Because of this, Game-Modo will maintain (as best we can) a guide that explains the many cross-platform capabilities and the games that feature them.


Cross-Platform: Continuation Play
Play on one system – save – and continue on the other
Games: MLB 12 The Show, PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, Warrior’s Lair*, Sound Shapes, When Vikings Attack, Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time, Metal Gear Solid HD Collection, Alien Breed, Jet Set Radio* (via upcoming patch), Germinator, Deathmatch Village*, Zombie Tycoon 2, Dragon’s Crown, Borderlands 2**, Ms. Germinator, Superfrog HD, Rainbow Skies*

Cross-Platform: Synchronous Multiplayer
Direct multiplayer while on one system, against those on another
Games: WipEout HD (PS3)/WipEout 2048 (Vita), LittleBigPlanet 2 (PS3)/LittleBigPlanet Vita, Foosball 2012, Hustle Kings, Top Darts, Warrior’s Lair*, When Vikings Attack, Little Battler eXperience* (Vita/PSP), Street Fighter X Tekken, Alien Breed, Deathmatch Village*, Zombie Tycoon 2, Spelunky, DiveKick, Borderlands 2**

Cross-Platform: Asynchronous Multiplayer
Indirect multiplayer on one system, against those from another; examples: best times, ghost laps, and play-by-mail
Games: MotorStorm RC, ModNation Racers: Road Trip

Cross-Platform: User-Generated Content
Create levels, characters, etc, and send for use on other system
Games: ModNation Racers/ModNation Racers: Road Trip, LittleBigPlanet/LittleBigPlanet 2/LittleBigPlanet Vita/LittleBigPlanet Karting* (levels for LBP 2/LBP Vita; costumes from LBP, LBP 2 for LBP Vita, LBP Karting), Gravity Crash (PS3)/Gravity Crash Ultra (Vita)

Cross-Buy: Game
Purchasing the PSN game for either PS3 or Vita also provides the version of the game on the other system
Games: MotorStorm RC, Foosball 2012, Top Darts, Hustle Kings, Retro City Rampage, The Pinball Arcade, Zen Pinball 2, Warrior’s Lair*, Sound Shapes, When Vikings Attack, Alien Breed, Bentley’s Hackpack, Zombie Tycoon 2, Proteus, Stealth Inc: A Clone in the Dark, Ms. Germinator, Atomic Ninjas, KickBeat, Spelunky, Machinarium, DiveKick

Cross Buy: DLC
Purchasing DLC for either PS3 or Vita version of game will provide a for free download of the DLC on other system
Games: MotorStorm RC, BlazBlue: CSE, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Foosball 2012, Top Darts, Hustle Kings, WipEout HD (PS3)/WipEout 2048 (Vita), The Pinball Arcade, Zen Pinball 2, When Vikings Attack, Borderlands 2**

Cross-Buy (PS3 to Vita Only)
Purchasing the PS3 version of a game (retail or digital) will provide a free download of the Vita version of the game
Games: PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time, Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault, PlayStation Home Arcade (Home games available in Vita app)

Trophy Double-Dipping
Earning trophies on one version of the game, after both systems have logged onto PSN, will net you those trophies on the other version.
Games: MotorStorm RC, Foosball 2012, Sound Shapes, Zen Pinball 2, The Pinball Arcade, Metal Gear Solid HD Collection

Use PS Vita as a controller for PS3 version of game, provided both versions are owned
Games: Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, LittleBigPlanet 2/LittleBigPlanet Vita*, PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, Guacamelee, Superfrog HD

Companion App
The PS Vita uses an app that complements the PS3 version of the game, allowing for limited functionality.
Games: Dust 514*

* Announced
** Rumored
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  • Guest

    Sly Cooper 4 also has a companion app.

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