Updated 10 September 2015

Cross-Play on PlayStation Vita FAQ's

This article explains the key features of Cross-Platform Play and how to use it.


What are the benefits of Cross-Platform Play?

Cross-Platform Play is a broad term covering any PlayStation Vita software title that can interact with a PS3 software title. New and exciting ways to use this unique functionality are being introduced all the time – the following are a few of the software titles which feature Cross-Platform Play:

  • Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 – The PS3 version of the game can be controlled using the PlayStation Vita system.
  • ModNation Racers: Road Trip – PlayStation Vita users can download and share tracks with PS3 users.
  • WipEout 2048 – PlayStation Vita users can compete in online races against users of WipEout HD for PS3.

Does my PlayStation Vita software title support Cross-Platform Play?

Check the icons on the back of the software packaging or inside the software manual. The following icon indicates that a software title supports Cross-Platform Play: For software titles purchased from PlayStation Store, the product description will state if the title supports Cross-Platform Play.

How do I use Cross-Platform Play?

Different software titles use Cross-Platform Play in different ways; some Cross-Platform Play experiences are seamless. For example, in WipEout 2048 the competitive online multiplayer lobbies automatically include both PlayStation Vita users and PS3 users playing WipEout HD. Other games may require a brief initial setup before the Cross-Platform Play features become available. For example, to use your PlayStation Vita system as a Cross-Controller for LittleBigPlanet®2 on the PS3 system, you must complete a short setup process. Select [PlayStation Vita Cross-Controller Setup for LittleBigPlanet®2 on PS3] for details.

Do I need to own both the PlayStation Vita and PS3 versions of a software title to use Cross-Platform Play?

This depends on the specific software title and its Cross-Platform Play features. For example, you only need the PlayStation Vita version of WipEout 2048 to race online against PS3 users of WipEout HD. You also only need the PlayStation Vita version of ModNation Racers: Road Trip to download and enjoy tracks created by PS3 users.

What is Cross-Buy?

If you purchase a disc-based software title featuring Cross-Buy, it will include an additional Cross-Buy item in the form of downloadable digital content. The Cross-Buy item might be a digital version of the software title for PlayStation Vita, a discount, a game add-on or similar.

Why do I receive the message, ‘The disc has already been added to another account’ when trying to access Disc Benefits?

This means the Cross-Buy item has already been redeemed by another PlayStation Network account. Cross-Buy items can only be downloaded once and by a single PSN account.