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Gamescom 2012: Cross Buy lets you buy PlayStation 3 games and get the Vita version for free

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Amid Sony’s myriad game announcements for PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 3 at its Gamecom conference on Tuesday was one announcement that effected both devices: Cross Buy.

A number of games on Sony’s late 2012, early 2013 menu are going to come out for both Vita and PS3. Among them are PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault, and Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time. There’s been no small amount of speculation over how Sony will incentivize purchasing both the portable and home versions of the games. This past spring, MLB 12: The Show hit both systems with Cross Play—meaning you could play on one, save your game, and continue on the other—and briefly packaged together for $80.

Cross Buy will do the same. Sony said at Gamecom that All-Stars as well as the new Ratchet and Sly games will give players free access to the Vita version of the games when they buy the PlayStation 3 versions.

Rejoice, you scarce Vita owners! Or not. Sony did not announce the pricing on these releases. PlayStation 3 games published by Sony come out at the standard $59.99, but there’s no guarantee that Cross Buy titles will stay at that price.

Cross Buy is promising, and a good way to encourage people to buy a Vita, but until Sony confirms how much Cross Buy games cost, it’s best to be cautious. We’ve reached out to Sony and will update this article when we hear back.