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.

Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag - Remote Play

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.

Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag - Remote Play

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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Assassin's Creed® IV Black Flag

Release date — October 29, 2013
Developer — Ubisoft Montreal
Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag tells the story of Edward Kenway, a young British man with a thirst for danger and adventure, who falls from privateering for the Royal Navy into piracy as the war between the major Empires comes to an end. Edward is a fierce pirate and seasoned fighter who soon finds himself embroiled in the ancient war between Assassins and Templars. Set at the dawn of the 18th Century, the game features some of the most infamous pirates in history, such as Blackbeard and Charles Vane, and takes players on a journey throughout the West Indies during a turbulent and violent period of time later to become known as the Golden Age of Pirates.

ESRB Rating: MATURE with Blood, Sexual Themes, Violence, Strong Language, Use of Alcohol
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5 comments
rey
rey

Plssss help.me. I cant use eagle vision on ps4 controller.

Christopher
Christopher

Trying it right now and it seems that R1 and L1 does not work on the vita no matter what i do to the back taouch nothing happens

Dominic
Dominic

I play this from work on my vita and it's fantastic. Yup, six or so miles away playing Assassin's Creed 4 on my breaks. Control is great! I love this game.

Dhall82
Dhall82

I love the way you guys optimized the controls for remote play. This is the way I find myself playing the game most of the time. It is a wonderful feature, I hope you guys continue to put the extra effort into streamlining the remote play controls for your future titles. I will definitely use this feature and will be more likely to purchase future Ubisoft games.