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Which handheld holds most promise?

Late |  Jun. 19, 2013 at 13:48

3DS or Vita?

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Late  Jun. 19, 2013 at 13:48

I don't really do handheld gaming, but I've been wondering lately which I'd go for if I were to get one this year...

The 3DS has a very impressive game roster, now, and is an appealing console all round. I have a DS Lite (in terms of design the 3DS isn't a big departure) and always found it to be pretty comfortable and controls to be fairly intuitive. I enjoy playing on it on the rare occasion I dig it out.

I don't know much about the Vita, other than it's not selling all that well. (Like I say - I'm not big on handheld gaming, so I don't keep up to date with news and reviews.)

I am a console gamer, and the PS4 is looking a very appealing proposition for purchase in the near future. And with that in mind, I think the Vita probably comes back into the running, thanks to the device's promised functionality in ps4 games, and also thanks to the "free" games you'd be getting every month. (I would be a subscriber to ps+.)

I have no idea which way I'd go, if I were to get a handheld this year!

Any thoughts, folks?

Last edited by Late, Jun. 19, 2013 at 13:50
MattGardner  Jun. 19, 2013 at 14:34

Playstation Plus makes the Vita an attractive choice, and we're starting to see increasing numbers of smaller titles that can be paid for once and unlocked on both PSV and PS3.

But the games aren't there yet really, and it still doesn't have the exclusives to pull players in.

Cross-play and Remote Play are attractive, but there's no pressure to buy a Vita yet, and indeed the launch of the PS4 won't change that either, it'll be a few months before we really start seeing the potential of that crossover realised.

The 3DS, on the other hand, is good to go now. No, it's not particularly futureproof, and it's not a huge improvement over the DS to be perfectly honest, but Nintendo are absolutely rocking it.

But if you're not a handheld fan, neither will appeal. The 3DS is pumping out some stellar games that you can't really find anywhere else, but if that doesn't sway you because of the nature of the console itself, there's little to be done. The Vita, even worse, replicates existing console games (incredibly well). So there's little point getting one of those yet either.

Final point: I have both, and the Vita has been gathering dust for weeks. It'll continue to do so until Tearaway comes, and then will probably go back in the drawer until the PS4 arrives.

stevenjameshyde  Jun. 19, 2013 at 14:55

I've yet to see a powerful reason to own either. I have a DS, loved the Phoenix Wright/Zelda/Advance Wars/etc. series, but the niche that it occupied - filling time on long train journeys - has largely been filled by the likes of Rayman Jungle Run, World of Goo and Stickman Golf on my phone. That makes me sound like the most awful kind of casual gamer, but I really haven't seen any reason to make the £100+ outlay as yet

Looking forward, the Vita looks more appealing for the PS4 and PS+-related reasons that you highlight

Quietus  Jun. 19, 2013 at 15:41

There's nothing wrong with the 3DS, but since PS4 is currently so appealing, and even more so with PS+, the fact that you essentially get half of the Vita's catalogue free with PS+ as well is too ridiculous to pass up.

I got a Vita solely because of it. I've spent hours playing, and haven't 'bought' a single game yet.

Last edited by Quietus, Jun. 19, 2013 at 15:42
ODB_69  Jun. 19, 2013 at 18:15

One thing to note is remote play on vita was promised with PS3 and only a handful of arcade titles received this

Crazy Jamie  Jun. 19, 2013 at 18:43

I think Matt's point about handheld gaming needing to appeal to make either worthwhile is right. I love my DS Lite, but in recent years I have played it very little simply because I haven't been interested in handheld gaming. I picked up a 3DS Ambassador console because the ambassador games appealed to me, but I literally haven't played it because I haven't played a handheld game period in quite some time. Do consider whether you're realistically going to use either console; with casual games available on phones nowadays, the reality is that handheld consoles are becoming more niche, and you don't want to buy either console and not use it.

I have played bits of the 3DS and Vita, and they both offer a solid experience fundamentally. The 3DS was always going to be functional, but I was surprised at how much I liked the design of the Vita. If it were me and I was only buying one I would probably go for the Vita based on my PS Plus subscription and the features that crossover with the PS4, purely on the basis that it would make me more likely to use it. Then again that is a somewhat personal view and based on the fact that neither console really attracts me from a purely handheld gaming perspective.

stesteste123  Jul. 8, 2013 at 08:50

vita cos 3ds runs out too quickly the vita is not that good either i dont have the vita but it looks awesome the 3ds has really expensive games .


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