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Here's How Cross-Buy's Going to Work for PlayStation All-Stars

Push Square: "Ever since it was announced at GamesCom earlier this year, people have pondered exactly how cross-buy for the PlayStation 3 and Vita will work. The offer has always seemed easily open to abuse, but Sony has now confirmed that the free handheld version of PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale will be tied to your PlayStation Network account."

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Snookies121358d ago

Sucks you can't give the Vita version to a friend, but I understand why they do that.

get2sammyb1358d ago

To be honest, I wouldn't really say it sucks. I get why it might be disappointing for some people, but the offer is already so good that I think this is a totally fair way of handling things.

jujubee881358d ago

Can anyone clarify if VITA games have game sharing (like PSP)?

This would be great for All-Stars so if you bump into someone who has a VITA but not All-Stars, they can just have a game share transfer to play some ad-hoc mp.

ronin4life1358d ago

Is it really? I mean, I know I'll get slammed for this, but if you want to play PSASBR at home or on the go... get the $20 cheaper Vita Version.

Game sharing is really the only plus from buying it this way. So for people with big families(for $60 you can let your family member borrow your vita to keep them off you ps3 while you play something else when they want to play such a game) or if you can give away the ps3 game in some fashion this is a $80~$120 deal, but if you aren't going to share in anyway and you have both consoles why plunk down an extra $20?

Caffo011358d ago

@ronin4life

because the cross-buy is ps3 only, if you buy the game on ps3 you also get the vita version but not the other way around!

ronin4life1358d ago

@caffo
No, what I mean is with a Vita you aren't tethered to a tv but you can still play at home. You don't need a ps3 version to play at home if you buy only the vita version. Meaning, unless you share in some form(like I mentioned above) you are paying $20 more than what you could for the same thing.

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Caffo011358d ago (Edited 1358d ago )

day 1 buy! ps3 and vita game together at 49 euros, great deal!!

badz1491358d ago

there's no way my PS3 can block me from playing the game using my other region account on PS3, right? I hope there will be no problem with this.

for some reason I'm using a separate region account for my Vita and PS3 but it was never a problem as I can still use the online passes I downloaded from the different region as long as it's installed on my PS3. that's how I could keep using my AUS account up till now. I still think that there's a loophole here for those wanting to give the other copy to your friends and I think you guys understand what I'm talking about!

RyanDJ1358d ago

Can't you still cheat the system by letting a friend put it in their ps3 first? Then you have a "used" copy.

get2sammyb1358d ago

I have to imagine that will void your use of either the PS3 or Vita game.

RyanDJ1358d ago

Would that not cause the dreaded "no used sales" issue though? Imagine: user legitimately buys and cross plays, then sells PS3 version. Heck, even deletes Vita version. Without unique coding on each disc, how would they police it? It's either gonna be trickable or cause headaches for used buyers. Even letting a friend borrow it would be a nightmare!

one2thr1358d ago

There's probably an unmentioned counter measure for such scenarios, and again the game may have an on disc validation system going on, that'll activate a "service" pack thing in YOUR account managemenat menu, that after used it'll be restricted to your account only...

ronin4life1358d ago (Edited 1358d ago )

I think something like that is possible, with an online pass or OP-like system in place to allow playing of the ps3 copy.
That's how I'm imagining this working anyway.

Outside_ofthe_Box1358d ago (Edited 1358d ago )

Can't you still get the vita version and then sell the PS3 disk?

It will be interesting see what becomes of used PS3 Battle Royale games.

rainslacker1358d ago (Edited 1358d ago )

It'll probably also be tied to some sort of online pass thing. Sony also stated a while back that they had the ability to lock out used games on the system with something built into the Blu-ray disc spec, and I wouldn't doubt that that may be in play here.

If it's just an online pass thing then it's possible they could sell that separate and you could possibly have your friend just purchase the pass for $10-15.

In the end I'm sure Sony has a lot of safeguards to protect their interests in this, and I don't blame them one bit.

Moncole1358d ago

Because it will have an online pass.

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one2thr1358d ago (Edited 1358d ago )

My guess is that the vita version, will have to connect to the internet every so often to validate that copy, or it'll have same approach like Sound Shapes....

Blastoise1358d ago (Edited 1358d ago )

Does anyone know if all PS3 copies of this game will get the Vita code? or just some?

Also, how long does the code last? I dont have a vita yet, but I may in future

get2sammyb1358d ago

Well, firstly you don't get a code. But as far as I understand, ALL brand new copies of PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale on PS3 will allow you to download the Vita version for free.

tndtloveu1358d ago

All new PS3 copies will have the vita version. If there is a code, it may last for 1 year like all other codes.

nevin11358d ago (Edited 1358d ago )

@Snookies

"Sucks you can't give the Vita version to a friend, but I understand why they do that."

I think its because they want the PS3 buyer to eventually buy a Vita faster.

If what tndtloveu says about codes last 1 year, than there a good chance alot of those PS3 owners will buy a Vita.

rainslacker1358d ago

Thinking about it it's a pretty good marketing move on their part. I'd imagine that most people wouldn't buy the portable version down the line anyhow if they owned it on console. But if someone were interested in mobile gaming and they had a bunch of games all ready to go on it then it makes the choice a no brainer for a lot of people.

Adding in PS+ for it was a good move too IMO, as it can serve essentially the same purpose.

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