PlayStation Vita Vs. Nintendo 3DS: Which Handheld Should You Buy?

The Paranoid Gamer writes: "Which portable is right for you? Well it certainly all depends on what you want to do with your device, and more importantly, what kind of games you want to experience. The article won’t be discussing tablets or smart phones, though they are a viable alternative of sorts to these systems. If you want to browse the net, read books, watch movies, listen to music or have access to a myriad of apps and bite size gaming than perhaps those options are best for you. Here though we will cover the more core systems that have some of those features, but their main focus is on gaming."

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Dwalls11712450d ago

Wait till vita gets a price cut to get one was buying 3ds untill the lowered the price...its going to be the same with vita

Trunkz Jr2450d ago

Even if the Vita became cheaper then the 3DS it still has to launch attractive games, it's all about the games, I know I'd go out and buy a Vita if they made a FF6 Remake for it.

NukaCola2450d ago

I own both and have to say the I enjoy the Vita much more. Both have a bunch of great games, but I use my Vita for everything. It's my PS3 companion and a perfect partner for my constant needs. I am looking forward to Killzone a lot and Luigi's Mansion 2. I have gotten out of Pokemon over the years but I am going to get X or Y. It's been a long time since I got my fix and no time like the present.

This whole library thing also needs to be clarified. The 3DS having 300 party/Hello Kitty/Tetris games doesn't justify a more diverse line up. Both systems have at least 10+ AAA titles worth owning. I do love that the 3DS plays DS games. I don't play them anymore, but I am glad I have the option and that newer gamers can play titles they missed on last gens handheld.

MmaFan-Qc2450d ago (Edited 2450d ago )

meh, got both my 3ds&vita on launch day, i can easily say that 3/4 of the time when i use a handheld is the ps vita, the only game that made me use my 3ds is paper mario and theatrhythm...and a gba metroid game i got with the ambasador certificate, meanwhile i had a SHIT LOAD of ps vita games to play unlike on the 3ds 90% made of shovelwares right now.

i cant wait to see a new zelda/metroid game on the 3ds to justify my purchase, but hey, at least i get ps vita games.

trenso12450d ago

exactly @trunks i didnt even get my 3ds until Kingdom hearts was near release vita has some great games but none i personally want to play except maybe gravity rush but thats one game and im not going to buy a system for one game. Ill wait until more games i want are released and buy them all with the system. Also a price drop wouldnt hurt

FriedGoat2450d ago (Edited 2450d ago )

As with everyone who owns both and actually BUYS GAMES, I play my vita WAY more than my 3DS. Infact, I've just moved and my vita is with me and my 3DS is still in storage.

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StraightPath2450d ago (Edited 2450d ago )

3DS because it got a stellar and still growing library of great games. Pokemon is on the horizon aswell along with many other great games.

Whereas if you want vita to collect dust with no games then get vita. As no games only few are worthwhile such as Gravity Rush and Golden Abyss and few are upcoming like tearaway and Killzone Mecenaries it doesnt help the vita is struggling badly and not getting supported with games at all.

bottom line is the vita has no games and a unimpressive library at the moment where as 3DS is leagues ahead and getting stronger.

Vita so far is dead in the water until sony do somthing about it soon.

great point below plus you have a huge library of amazing ds games to play on it on aswell. Want to play play old psp games on vita? you can forget that.

Jobesy2450d ago

Great games are a matter of opinion. Really no games on the 3ds appeal to me, eventhough the 3ds has a large library. The smaller library on the Vita appeals to me more.

TheGrimOfDeath2450d ago

Oh god lol, again with the no worthy games. Go play your pokemon while I have Sly Cooper on the fucking go. Oh and you still think there are no games? Here you go:

Fucking 3DS fanboy. I love the 3DS and both of the consoles deserve the best.

IMightBeRetarded2450d ago

Your comment seems slightly biased so I'm going to try to correct some things you may have been mistaken about. I'll start by saying that the Vita has plenty of good games. You can check Grim's list below if you want to confirm this for yourself.
Second, the main reason the 3DS has more games is because it has been out for a year longer, and many of the titles are low quality with only a few such as pokemon and animal crossing that appeal to me.
With your point about not being able to play psp games, I can play almost all of the games I had previously downloaded to my psp, and I have many PS3 cross play/buy games and some PS1 classics as well.
Please try not to be so one-sided next time you comment. Both consoles are good and have games that appeal to different people. Not everything is black and white.

TheLastGuardian2450d ago

If you think Vita has no games, you need to get your head out of your ass.

Anyway, I think you can't go wrong with either system. They're both amazing handhelds with more than enough great games to play. PS Vita is the best handheld I've ever played, hands down. I plan on getting a 3DS sometime, I'm not in any big hurry. Hopefully they come out with a 3DS with built in dual circle pads.

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user39158002450d ago

There is no denying the Vita is a better handheld than the DS, but Vita cant compare with over 6000 games already on the ds.

fatstarr2450d ago

Backcatalog and something called backwards compatibility

Sony forgot what that was with the ps3 like the vita coulda had a huge back library but Sony chose to make money off resales

darthv722450d ago

Thing is, people were buying the 3ds before the price cut. the price cut just made it more attactive as an alternative to the existing ds/dsi. Keep in mind that a 3ds is bc with ds games. You dont have that with the vita so it isnt seen as a replacement to an existing PSP.

Had sony give the vita direct UMD bc then we could look at it like that. But seeing as its all digital and not all of the digital psp games are available for it, it isnt as attractive to those who would get one to use in place of a psp while waiting for whatever vita specific title they are looking forward to.

At least a 3ds being able to play ds games opens the library of physical titles to a 3ds buyer. If money was no object then I say get both.

If you are looking at it from an existing library POV then it depends on the library. DS owners getting a 3ds is a logical choice.

PSP owners (UMD games) getting a vita isnt as logical but if a PSP owner (digital psp games) gets a vita and the games are available then by all means its a good choice.

Those are all based on the idea of playing older games on newer units. I know not all of us do that but it is a nice convenience. If it was just about new games then its more about the appeal of those games and franchises that cater to the individual. That could go either way.

tubers2450d ago

Sony forgot one nifty idea:

"UMD external player" accessory.

Snaps onto the back of the VITA.

FragGen2450d ago (Edited 2450d ago )

I guess it's a personal choice. For me, the Vita has enough of the type of games I'm into and I really dig the technology it is sporting... Haven't regretted the purchase at all, especially now that PS+ is supporting it. But some folks may dig 3D or be into the Nintendo 1st oarty games.

Going into the Vita purchase, I also had a number of solid PSP/PSN titles that were compatible for it that I had already purchased for my PSP, so the backward compatibility was a big win for me and the fact that you can map the dual sticks really opened up some of those old PSP titles, but some folks may not really see that as a big deal at all if they didn't have a PSP already that they had pruchased online content for...

Buy what you like... If you have enough dough, buy both! I would like to see dedicated handheld gaming live on in some form!

HarryMasonHerpderp2450d ago

^^ This.
I feel completely the same way about my Vita and if you prefer Nintendo's games more then get the 3DS. I hope both handhelds do well because the competition is good and they both offer something different.

s8anicslayer2450d ago

It's a matter of preference...can't make someone eat grapes if they like apples! Buy what you like and as long as what it has to offer makes you happy then that the one for you!!!!

Perjoss2450d ago

I have a Vita and I love it, but I stopped buying games for it a while ago, they can **** off with the prices, how the hell do they justify charging me £40 for a hand held game?

squarecircle2450d ago

Don't really know why anyone would disagree with what you've just said.
They're £40 yet they're vastly inferior to £40 games on consoles? At least with the PSP the games for it were around £27

FriedGoat2450d ago

Nintendo sell their 3DS games at £40 and the majority of them have half the content that the PSVita games do. At least the Vita games are closer to console quality.

fatstarr2450d ago

yea they will follow in Nintendo 3DS selling/marketing strategy. its been a carbon cut copy

and even at the 3DS's old price point it was doin better than the vita. it got shit cause it wasnt keepin up with the DS's original pace.

vita is my best laugh when it comes to sony. check the comments from 1-2 years ago and see how much everything I said came true.

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Y_51502450d ago

I have both. Both has promising titles. The 3DS has games like Pokemon and Luigi's Mansion. The PS Vita has games like Tearaway and Killzone Mercenaries. Device wise, go with the PS Vita.

In comparison; The 3DS has a few functions that it's predecessor, the DSi had. The DSi had features like a alarm clock and better features with the camera. But the 3DS makes up for that with the Mii apps and the ability to take 3D photos.

PS Vita has so many free apps and superior tech than the 3DS. The only thing the 3DS has better when it comes to functionality is that it can produce 3D graphics.

I would choose the PS Vita over the 3DS.

Nerdmaster2450d ago

I also have both. Vita is a better device, but a device doesn't play itself, it needs games. And I play much more with my 3DS. I'm trying to finish Persona 4 Golden on Vita, but I really don't know what else I'll play on it when I finish Persona.

mamotte2450d ago

...wait, the DSi has an alarm clock?

And I'm serious in this question.

-GametimeUK-2450d ago

Yes, it does. I actually used the DS Lite alarm clock to wake me up for work. I am a bit bummed the 3DS doesn't include one. I guess my phone will do.

G20WLY2450d ago

lol yes!

So does Vita, btw, free app just launched today in EU, was already out in Japan and not sure about US. It's cool too, looks pretty and has nicer sounds than most insta-headache alarms :)

DivineAssault 2450d ago

Vita if u want some new 3rd party games to play now & in the future.. 3DS if u like nintendos 1st party games..We have yet to see smash bros, wario land, etc make an appearance but I dont know of a single nintendo system that releases sequels in the same generation besides mario platformers.. Mario kart already released as well as mario land, mario bros, etc.. So its already peaked while vita has much more to give other than whats available.. In conjunction with PS Plus, vita is an incredible value & gaming machine to own

dark-hollow2450d ago

"So its already peaked "

your fanboism is showing.
as far as nintendo handhelds, they have a HUGE third party support compared to their consoles, and the gbc, gba and ds are shining examples of that.

shin megami tensi 4.
monster hunter 4.
castlevania mirrors of fate.
ace attorney 5.
project x zone.
Bravely Default.
Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney.
Layton and the Azran Legacies.
Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titans.
devil summoners soul hackers.

that and the upcoming nintendo games like:
fire emblem awakening.
luigis mansion dark moon.
pokemon X and Y.
animal crossing new leaf.
super smash bros 4.

yeah its "peaked" alright.....

-GametimeUK-2450d ago

The world is bigger than just Japan.

superterabyte2450d ago (Edited 2450d ago )

@Dark-hollow You just named mario, pokemon and japanese titles! The only game I might want to play on that list is monster hunter. killzone mercenary on the other hand is one game that makes me really want a vita

Neckbear2450d ago (Edited 2450d ago )

I prefer the 3DS simply because it has a more varied, extensive and attractive game library. And at the end of the day, you buy a handheld mainly for that, games.


I don't know about you, but games like Kid Icarus, DoA Dimensions, Code of Princess, Fire Emblem and a few downloadable ones like Sakura Samurai, Crimson Shroud, Mighty Switch Force, Gunman Clive (with physical controls!), Liberation Maiden and others have been enough for me, not to mention stuff like Soul Hackers, Etrian Odyssey, SMT4, Monster Hunter 3 and more are coming out later.

-GametimeUK-2450d ago

I need to find this "extensive and attractive game library". I own Mario 3D Land, Street Fighter and Zelda OOT. Nothing else on the system other than Resident Evil stands out to me. It seems all the games I wanted to succeed have generated generally negative responses. Kingdom Hearts, Paper Mario and Mario Bro's 2 have all generated a less than satisfying buzz for me than previously expected.

I can't say the PS Vita is much better. I don't own one, but there are more than 3 games I wish to play on the system so its a start.

superterabyte2450d ago

Why are you getting so many disagrees! You speak the truth! Seems that anyone saying anything agains the 3ds will ultimatly get disagrees. Listen I played nintendo first party games when I was 10 years old thats the market the games are aimed at.

FriedGoat2450d ago (Edited 2450d ago )

GametimeUK is right, I've had a 3DS at launch, waited god knows how long for ANY worthwhile games, picked up zelda, mario 3d land, mario kart, kid icarus and more. The games are so short its unbelievable the price they sell for. The games are below average apart from kid icarus and zelda. 3dland was like 6 hours long to get all the star coins etc, mario kart wasn't even as good as the previous DS version. No online play for star-fox.

It seemed to me nintendo just rushed out big names to get the damn thing to sell, the usual fanboys lap up the substandard quality whilst i'm left feeling ripped off.

A couple of weeks ago I sold around 15 3DS games and I'm left with the only game worth keeping, Ocorina of time, pretty much just for the nostalgia.

My PSvita on the other hand, has around 18 games and I have trouble picking what to play, I've platinumed 2 of them and that took me a good 40 hours for each. Much more value for money, and much more enjoyable.

lovegames7182450d ago

I already made my choice and bought a vita at launch. Games like Lbp vita, Uc Abyss, MvsCap., Unit 13, and others really put the competition to shame and show how vita is in another league.

Games like Kz merc, tearaway, Soul Sacrifice, etc.... are just icing on the cake.