A very brief trailer has popped up for Uncharted: Golden Abyss, the first Nathan Drake adventure to appear on the PS Vita handheld, that highlights a couple ways the game will utilize the tech of the Vita.

While previous reports had explained how traversal will be influenced by the Vita’s touch screen capabilities, this new trailer shows how the handheld’s gyroscope and rear touch pad will assist players in better performing actions and further immersing themselves into the game.

For fans of more realistic aiming, Uncharted: Golden Abyss will be utilizing the Vita’s gyroscope to allow them to adjust their aim simply by moving the handheld. Rather than directing the reticule using the traditional twin-stick method (which we assume is also an option), Golden Abyss allows the players to immerse themselves even further by tilting and turning the handheld.

Also showcased in the trailer is the game’s use of the rear touch pad to simulate climbing up a rope. Instead of having Nathan Drake simply perform the action by holding up on the D-pad or joystick, players can swipe with their fingers — essentially mimicking the action using the Vita.

Check out the trailer below to see these new mechanics in action:


While it seemed like Golden Abyss might have been a one trick pony when it came to its PS Vita applications, this new trailer showcases some very clever uses of the handheld’s tech. You’ll know from our hands-on impressions that the game looks and handles great, but the touch screen climbing mechanic unfortunately creates some distance between the player and the experience.

Thankfully this new trailer, and its brief showcase of new mechanics, has breathed some new life into the possibilities for Uncharted: Golden Abyss. From the graphics alone this game most definitely was a must play for fans of the series, but now it has made a strong case for being the first must buy Vita title.

In what other ways would you like to see the PS Vita tech utilized for Uncharted: Golden Abyss? Would you be more apt to use these motion and touch controls after seeing them, or would you prefer traditional twin-stick mechanics?

Source: VG 247