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Standalone PS4 or Wii U + Vita, Which Would You Buy?

It will probably surprise those of you who have never seen me comment before, but I love video games. Shocking, right? In fact, I love them so much I tend to branch out beyond my favorites and play whatever I can get my hands on that also peaks my interest. This past generation is also the first one in which I have not sold older consoles to get the newer ones, so of course it's that much more difficult to get them. Having done some calculations, I'm pretty certain I will have about $450, if not more of saved money by the end of this year. Which leads me to my little conundrum, what the heck do I get with this money? The obvious choice would be a PS4, right? But why get one system when I get two other ones that have a few more games I want to play? Decisions, decisions...

Just to get it out there, I do not plan on buying an Xbox One or a PC. Those things may come at a later time, but for now I want to focus on getting one of the two options I am about to list for you below. Also, I did technically ask all this in a comment before and got some really awesome responses, so I thought I would approach the rest of the community and see what they think.

So let's start with the obvious choice: the Sony Playstation 4. The Playstation 4 is the hot sensation in the gaming scene right now, the strongest piece of console hardware on the market and Sony's big console comeback after the wonky launch of the PS3 (or as I like to call it, the third console curse). PS4 isn't perfect by any means, its updates are slow and there are not too many games I want for it just yet. I would say that the one game I REALLY must own for it right now is InFamous. Though I can say for certain that that will quickly change come this Fall when games like Arkham Knight, Evolve and Destiny come out. At $400 for the console, it is obviously the most financially demanding of my options and I will most likely only be able to get one game. That all being said, I will more than likely be able to ask for more games as holiday gifts and save up for even more later on down the line.

Now herein lies my other option. A $300 Nintendo Wii U and a $200 Sony Playstation Vita at the same time. Both of these systems are like illegitimate cousins to me: They are both profoundly underrated, have great overlooked content, and some controversy surrounding their launches and cycles. So why pick these two over a PS4? The answer is simple: games, games, and more games.

The Nintendo Wii U is FAR from perfect, to say the least. No party chat, no invitation system, not a lot of online multiplayer games, and of course third party support for it is a big pile of meh. This "meh" is also about two steps from being completely nonexistent. So why am I considering the Wii U? Like I said, games. Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D was an amazing experience and I am insistent on getting my hands on its sequel. I played coop on my friend's Wii U on this as well as Mario 3D World, both of which were crazy fun. And with games like Mario Kart, Smash Bros. and Bayonetta's sequel on the rise, it feels like a no brainer to be ready to jump in. There is also the chance of a price drop around the holiday season.

Vita is actually a pretty similar case (to say the least). Having an HD screen that can fit in my hand is a pretty awesome investment, especially if this screen can support my PSOne Classics, indie games and any full console games I get through cross-buy. With the possibility of a price drop come the holidays because of the new slimmer model and of course because Black Friday. So put these two together and it's at least $500 when not counting deals and price drops. An even bigger stretch than the PS4, but it should be doable, give or take. The reason why I don't consider price drops or deals for PS4 is because in contrast to Wii U and Vita, the PS4 is selling much better than both systems and is set to outsell both (it already has outsold Wii U if I'm not mistaken). So I'm expecting to have to pay $400+ for PS4 and less than $500 for the Wii U and Vita.

Just to clarify, I know it's a little unethical to buy a Sony handheld in tandem with a Nintendo console. But the thing is I already own a PS3 and a 3DS. Vita can technically do some sync up features with PS3 and the 3DS has connectivity with Wii U, so I do believe that I will be satisfied with both.

But which should I choose?! Both selections are extremely enticing. PS4 will have a ton of software on it by the beginning of the following year (which doesn't even consider indie support), while the Wii U and Vita already have a small but respectful and growing collection of games I would love to play on them. Whichever I decide ultimately, all I can say is it certainly will feel great to be a gamer.

So what do you guys think? And thanks for reading.

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rambi801522d ago (Edited 1522d ago )

The vita has a decent library but may not have the genres you are looking for. Dont rule out getting a used one though.

I wouldn't buy either a WiiU or PS4 yet. The PS4 does seem to have the better outlook though.

randomass1711522d ago

I really like platformers, RPGs, some shooters, etc. I am willing to play almost any game at least once. Vita's library will hopefully support all the PSOne Classics legitimately soon, and I really want Gravity Rush and Tearaway.

rambi801522d ago (Edited 1522d ago )

Of the 3, the vita seems to be the best option in the short term if the sly cooper collection and the ratchet and clack collection turn out to be good ports. You also have the rayman games on the device and a really goop lbp. also factor in the cost for at least a 16 gig vita card.

I say take your time and see what happens software wise until the end of the year when you can get a good black friday deal.

xHeavYx1521d ago

Personally, I think the PS4 will have a better future, it also has a more varied libraby and, as you said, there are some great games coming (also, Sony has always provided when it comes to games).
People keep saying "there are no next gen games", but that's just bull, unless you finish 5 games a month (

Regarding the VITA. There are many games that you can get for free and lots of great sales (the only game I bought for it was Killzone Mercenary) so you pretty much pay for the console (and maybe extra memory) and there is no need to get new games.
I would wait for E3 in case they announce some type of discount though.

Nintendo has some great games, yes. My only concern is that the console is selling well below expectations, so I wouldn't be surprised if a new console is announced sooner rather than later

caseh1522d ago

'I wouldn't buy either a WiiU or PS4 yet. The PS4 does seem to have the better outlook though.'

This just about nails it.

I sold my PS3 in readiness for a PS4. In six months i've bought 3 games, anything worth owning simply won't last you through the current drought. We get Watch Dogs at the end of next month then...nothing worth noting for months.

See for yourself:

It does however have the better outlook but even 6 months in I feel like I stupidly gave in to the hype when holding off till the start of 2015 would have been the better option.

Wii U, I won't go there.

DonDon1517d ago

Why did u sell ur ps3? I own a ps3, ps4 and vita...and the ps3 is the LAST one i'd give away. I have 230 games on my ps3 (on a 1 GB hdd). I only have 11 games on ps4. Anyone who had ps plus for years (like me) would be a fool to sell their ps3.

NYC_Gamer1521d ago

PS4 would be the best choice due to having better support in terms of software

Geekman1521d ago

And you can play the grand total of one non multiplatform game it has on it that isn't mediocre.

stubbed_out1521d ago

Very interesting - realistically how much time do you have to play the games you want? Will you definitely be looking to get your hands on a PS4/WiiU/PSP later down the road anyway?

Personally, I have a pretty good PC and am very interested in getting a PS4 once Alien and Batman are out (they'd make for a pair of lovely console introduction games) but that's not until Oct/Nov.

I'm very much considering buying a WiiU for the space in between because I've played so few Wii games and absolutely zero WiiU games, it'd be like two consoles in one for me. £180 2nd hand doesn't seem like such a bad online infrastructure means fairly little to me.

Now I noticed you didn't mention the Wii (apart from DK but don't know if you completed it or sampled) so am thinking you could potentially be in the same boat which means it would make a lot of sense to purchase a WiiU.

The above point could also work in relation to the PSP Vita, I'm not entirely sure how I feel about it just yet other than potentially it could partner the PS4 very nicely - kind of a wait and see regarding Now integration and future PS4 firmware updates. But that's just my opinion, I've never owned a hand-held (did steal my cousins Advance for a while which was great) and as you already own the 3DS I'm assuming you know more about that area than I do.

Hope this helps, have fun.

randomass1711521d ago (Edited 1521d ago )

The good thing about my job is that the pay is nice but the bad part is the hours are minimal. So I actually do have a pretty significant amount of time each week to just kick back and play video games. If I had to take a guess, I can get at least 20 hours throughout the week to play games. Great point about the Wii U/Wii aspect. I totally forgot to mention that the Wii U was backwards compatible. But either way, I currently do own a Wii and have some games on it. Donkey Kong, ironically enough though, I played on my 3DS. :P

Handhelds are a great field if you have a tendency to move around a lot. I obviously go from home to work and back as well as friends' houses in my free time, so being able to play something without lugging my home consoles is pretty awesome. If the recent digital dump the Vita got becomes legally permanent on PSN, I'd practically kill to be able to take Spyro and Crash to my friends' places without taking the entire PS1/2/3.

Thanks for your input! You have fun too. :)

slivery1521d ago (Edited 1521d ago )

Not to rain on your parade but there is little to no connectivity between the systems you want and currently have.

The PS3 and Vita more so I suppose but it is extremely limited. As far as the 3DS and Wii U go, I wasn't even aware there is any connectivity between the two other than a unified ID system which I can't necessarily call connectivity between the two, mainly just a combined account and nothing more. There is not anything more than that right now for the Wii U and 3DS.

To be brutally honest I don't see them bothering, I see their next handheld having a better chance at that than the 3DS. I have a feeling they will announce a new handheld in a year or two if the Wii U is still alive and kicking, not to sound too negative but things are not looking bright for it currently.

Also, the last I heard, Miyamoto said it was too complicated, which I can understand, the Wii U and 3DS are not similar enough for me to really see it work like a PS3, PS4 and PS Vita. Plus Sony had that intention all along and had been working with remote functionality since the PSP, it seems Nintendo is just considering the idea of it for the Wii U and 3DS, even before there wasn't much connectivity even with things like the Gamecube and GBA.

The most I heard of the 3DS working with the Wii U was back in 2011 when Nintendo said they would have cross play between both systems for Smash Bro's but sadly it was later announced that Wii U and 3DS players won't be able to play together after all.

Just giving you a fair warning, I wouldn't be expecting much from either the 3DS or Vita when it comes to connecting to the devices you have and plan to buy with it, if you got the Wii U and Vita that is.

As for helping you choose, I really couldn't tell you, I am a true gamer at heart and will play anything on any system really, as long as it is fun to me.

I own everything besides the Xbox One right now and I would have that also if Microsoft wasn't so shady all the time, I can only take so much but that is not to say there aren't any Xbox One games I am not interested in. I just have been burnt by Microsoft many a time throughout my life, so I am holding out on the Xbox One. Plus I have no use for Kinect, I just wouldn't use it and I don't like buying things I just don't personally see a need to use.

Anyway good luck choosing what you want, all I will say whatever you choose, I guess it really doesn't matter, they are all great systems.

You seem like a open minded chap, so you shouldn't have any trouble finding games with whatever you do pick. Another way of looking at it, is I usually end up buying every system there is eventually anyway.. So I tend to just grab what appeals to me the most for the time being first, if that helps any..

randomass1711521d ago

I definitely see where you're coming from. Perhaps I put too much emphasis on cross-connectivity in my blog. Either way, I do appreciate your input. There are plenty of other facts I'm considering with these purchases. For example, if I wait long enough I might be able to get a PS4/Vita bundle on the cheap. Or perhaps a Wii U for a ridiculously good deal on Black Friday. But the reasoning boils down mostly on how much money I can save and of course which investment will be the most effective for most of the following year. As far as content is concerned, the Wii U + Vita option has a bunch more games I have interest in than the PS4 does. That being said, by early 2015 that can and probably will change pretty radically. So as a lot of the awesome commenters here are saying, playing the waiting game seems to be the best thing. Thanks a lot for your input! Happy gaming. :)

Geekman1521d ago

Tough choice, tough choice.

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