Imagine you’re playing Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag on the PS4, and someone else needs to use the TV or maybe there’s a game on you just can’t miss. Moving from your console to your handheld is now a seamless jump. As long as the PS4 is not off you can play remotely using your PS Vita. You will need a wifi connection to maintain the stream, but if you own a Vita you can bring Black Flag anywhere in your house and it will look incredible no matter what screen you’re playing it on.
Of course, the remote play does require some control shifting as the Vita obviously does not have the same amount of buttons as the DualShock 4. Luckily, we’ve got a handy graphic to show you exactly how the mechanics will be affected.
On the DualShock 4 controller, R2 and L2 control free-running and aiming and firing your gun. The Vita controls went through a few iterations before the developers finally decided to map R2 and L2 to the shoulder buttons. As you can see below, the back panel has now been divided into two parts, with one half being R1 and the other being L1.
The touchscreen on the front of the Vita functions similarly to touch pad on the DualShock 4. Touching near the center of the screen will pull up the map, and from there you can pinch and pull to zoom in and out and tap destinations to mark them. The bottom corners of the front touch pad have assumed the role of L3, which activates Eagle Vision, and R3, which centers the camera behind Edward. You may notice in the image that there is a dead space on the front screen. This is to ensure that you don’t accidentally pull up the world map every time your thumb bumps the screen when you’re moving the analog sticks.
These custom controls have been carefully engineered and tested to provide the best possible Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag handheld experience. Once you master the new control scheme you’ll probably find yourself coming up with reasons to take Black Flag all over the house.
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