Gamescom 2012: Cross-Buy detailed, PS All-Stars and more on Vita at no extra cost
- Posted August 14th, 2012 at 15:04 EDT by Kyle Prahl
- 6 Comments
While the PlayStation Vita's ability to speak back-and-forth with PlayStation 3 is often touted as a selling point, it becomes less of one when you consider that compatible games are often sold separately. Buying a game twice just so you can take it with isn't always appealing, but thankfully, you'll never face this quandary again.
Announced moments ago during Sony's gamescom 2012 media briefing, Cross-Buy will bring tremendous value to PlayStation Network this holiday season. The idea is simple: if you buy a game for PlayStation 3, you'll get the cross-compatible PS Vita version for free. PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale will be the first AAA release to support Cross-Buy, but the new initiative will save you money on Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time and Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault as well.
With the ability to move saves back-and-forth via cloud sync, and the potential for online multiplayer across devices, Cross-Buy is one of the most exciting Vita announcements since the handheld's debut. I was on the fence about buying Vita versions of PlayStation All-Stars and Sly Cooper before the show, but now, there's no reason to be. Later this year, anyone who owns both a PS3 and Vita can take their favorite titles on the road, earn Trophies across both platforms, and keep being awesome. For free.
If this deal sounds like a winner to you, let us know in the comments below. Stay tuned to PSU.com for more gamescom 2012 coverage and all things PlayStation coming out of Cologne, Germany.
- 5:17pm EDT - August 14th, 2012
I think this is great news. I'm glad sony came out strong with the vita for their presentation.
- 1:36am EDT - August 15th, 2012
this was the most exciting thing about the presser for me.
- 2:32am EDT - August 15th, 2012
I hope people realize why they are doing this. They are just going to make the Vita version in the Cross-Buy a digital download voucher, which means people will need more memory, which means buying those expensive 32GB memory cards.
Vothsair | Vothsair
- 3:57am EDT - August 15th, 2012
AlexI just made an account to tell you how stupid this sounds. You should already have bought the 32GB Memory card. And I believe with Playstation plus coming to Vita you'll be able to store even more data (online). I'd be buying Playstation all stars on ps3 and vita and I'd already be buying 32gb memory card because if you think about it's the best choice. The game will take 2-4gb on my memory card and save me 40 dollars. This is your choice if you want to buy the damn thing on your console and download it on Vita or you can simply buy the disc if you really think this is some plan for them to get more money out of you. -_-
- 4:16am EDT - August 16th, 2012
Vothsair, Alex Bates's sentiments actually DO make sense, because people should be refusing to buy Sony's expensive memory cards just as a matter of principle. Two months ago, I bought a 32 GB microSD card for $17. Sony has no business charging SIX TIMES that for the same amount of storage, so it's entirely reasonable for people to boycott that product while it remains overpriced.
Anyway, Crossbuy is very promising and I hope it really takes off ASAP. If I could buy a game ONCE and enjoy it on every platform available to me, I would be much more willing to buy at full price rather than wait for price drops. The problem right now is that most of my friends only have PS3s, but I still want to play some games on my PC. Without something like Cross Buy, I'd have to buy those games twice (or get an inferior copy through piracy), which forces me to wait until the price drops so I can get them without breaking the bank. While Cross Buy as it is now still doesn't solve my problem, it's definitely a step in the right direction, and Kudos to Sony for it.
That said, I feel like Cross Buy is Sony's answer to what will no doubt be Microsoft's strength in the next generation - Windows 8. With one software platform, buying a game once through the MS Store will probably enable users to have it on their XBOX and PC (and WP8, if compatible), likely even syncing save games between the two. If Sony manages to extend Cross Buy to the PC market, expect it to explode.
KratosXgodslayer | KratosXgodslayer
- 4:43pm EDT - August 16th, 2012
Sony stated that you get the PS3 disc AND the vita cartridge for free. NOT a download code.
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