Nintendo’s most unique selling point for the Wii U is that fancy controller. With its built-in display, the device allows you to hand the television remote over to your other half while you enjoy your Wii games in the palm of your hands. However, even before the Wii U launches, Sony may be about to rain on Nintendo’s parade.

Wii U display controller

Phil Rogers, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe’s R&D manager, recently confirmed at Develop that its upcoming PlayStation Vita could be used just like Wii U controller by allowing players to “drive a display from a PS3 game, for example.” He continued:

“PS3 can send data down to Vita and Vita can display it. You could use the unique features – gyroscope, touch front and back – as a control device for a PS3 game.

“You can run software on both devices and use the network to sync the game states. And that’s pretty good, because you then have the processing power of PS3 doing that work, Vita [doing] fancy graphics – however you want to do it. You’re not sacrificing the PS3′s CPU to be able to have a rich experience on Vita.”

Hustle Kings will be one of the first cross-platform releases, according to Rogers, that supports the Vita and the PS3 with Remote Play included from launch. However, compatibility between platforms won’t necessarily be exclusive to new titles: Rogers says that developers could retroactively introduce support for Vita into their existing PS3 titles.

Some of you may already be aware from my previous posts that I’m incredibly enthusiastic about the PlayStation Vita, and the more I hear about its awesome new features, the more excited I am for its release. Sony is expected to provide more details on the Vita’s launch during its Gamescon conference in two weeks, however, we’re expecting the device to launch in a number of regions by the holidays.

Do you think the Vita’s ability to interact with the PlayStation 3 in this way will have any impact on the popularity of Nintendo’s Wii U?

[via VG24/7]