How Fallout 4’s Vita Remote Play Works

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See how the Vita’s Remote Play feature works with Fallout 4 thanks to a unique control scheme designed by the same guy who created Destiny’s Vita controls.

In Game Rant’s review of Fallout 4, we praised the game for its nearly endless amount of things to do saying, “Fallout 4 delivers on its promise to keep players busy in the wasteland for as long as they want to spend there. The insane amount, and variety, of content available in this game is going to make it an experience that players don’t want to walk away from for at least the next year.”

With so much content available, there’s good news for PlayStation 4 users who don’t want to have to leave the wasteland even when they’re away from their consoles, as they can Remote Play Fallout 4 using a PlayStation Vita. Even better news, with the Vita’s controls traditionally known for being a little awkward – especially when it comes to controlling a full console game on the handheld – many are saying that Fallout 4’s Vita controls are one of the system’s best.

When it comes to the PlayStation Vita, one of the biggest annoyances about its controls is the rear touch pad. Many developers often opt to use the rear touch pad to stand in for the R2 and L2 buttons or the stick buttons L3 and R3. When holding the Vita, it’s easy for a person’s fingers to slip down over the rear touch pad (especially during long gaming sessions), which then causes unintended commands. But the Vita controls for Fallout 4 do not use the back touch pad whatsoever.

Fallout 4 Vita

Bethesda’s solution is the D-pad, assigning each direction of the D-pad a function to help compensate for fewer button options. Down on the D-pad is Sprint (the L3 command), which makes perfect sense, as the player will be pushing up on the left thumbstick to move forward and it only takes the tip of the thumb to hit the down arrow to activate Sprint. Alternatively, Sneak is mapped to the right arrow on the D-pad. The Left Arrow then accesses Favorites and the Up Arrow begins the VATS system. As for the R1 and L1 button functions, players will tap the front touchscreen on the left and right sides for the L1 and R1 shoulder buttons respectively. Tapping the center of the screen Toggles the POV and Uses Workshop.

If this layout seems familiar, it may be due to the fact that Destiny uses a similar Remote Play control scheme. And there’s good reason for that; the person who designed Destiny’s Vita controls, Josh Hamrick, now works at Bethesda, specifically hired because of his work on making Destiny’s gunplay feel so good and for his design of the Vita controls. It’s all good news for those eager to sink hundreds of hours into Fallout 4, as controlling the game on the Vita away from home (or in another room) should be a pleasant one.

Fallout 4 is available today on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Read GameRant’s full Fallout 4 review.

Will you be using the Vita’s Remote Play feature to play Fallout 4?

Fallout 4 is out now for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

Source: Polygon