We were all excited about the way you could use your Vita as another PS4 controller, weren’t we? It would save you from having to buy a secondary DualShock 4 (for £55) and you could laugh at your friend as he struggles with the smaller buttons and lack of secondary triggers on the Vita.
To clarify, the Vita should still work as a PS4 controller for single-player affairs, but it’ll need to be specifically programmed for multi-player modes, according to Sony’s President of Worldwide Studios, Shuhei Yoshida, who tweeted:
Hey BRO! In a normal sense, no. Unless a game is specifically programmed to allow such use of PS Vita.
In response to an eager twitter follower asking if it can “be used as a second controller on the PS4?”, as found by Gameranx, who appear to have misread, thinking that this applies to single-controller gameplay rather than just multi-controller modes.
This isn’t a huge deal – there are obviously problems with transmitting a signal from both a Vita and a DualShock 4 simultaneously, though Remote Play (and presumably the option to use a Vita as a controller) will still work as standard for all games outside multi-player modes, if previous reports are to believed.