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    3DS vs Vita

    I'm looking to buy one of the above as I've recently gotten back in to gaming in a big way and my Game Boy is feeling a bit dated now.

    I'm drawn towards the Vita as I have the impression the games are more "adult" - though I'll be honest that's based solely on the traditional "Nintendo is for kids" image, I've not done a whole lot of research in to what's available.

    the 3D feature of the 3DS is something of a non-entity to me: I find it horrible to use so simply switch it off (no, I'm not going to buy a 2DoorStop)

    The reason I'm not just going out and buying the Vita is:
    a) I'm not sure whether there's much life left in the platform, my impression is it's dead in the water and I don't know anybody that owns one
    b) my missus, daughter and brother all have a 3DS, so in terms of multiplayer that'd be the way to go (assuming there are many multiplayer games worth mentioning)

    So fellow geeks, which would you buy?

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    Vita's far from dead in the water. They've just released new models, Vita TV, the link with PS4, free games on PS+ and the prospect of future GaiKai streaming. If you have PS3/4 or plans to get one the Vita is the way to go. Other wise... don't know, never used either personally (not a fan of mobile gaming - prefer the big screen).

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    If I'm honest, neither. My friend has a Vita and says its a waste of money, sold it after 2 weeks of ownership I believe... Have you thought about buying an actually console at all? Pre-owned PS3/360 you'd get for the same money as a Vita probably, maybe even cheaper... Never really thought much of the handheld world. My personal opinion I suppose

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    I mostly play on PC, but i actually have a 360 (for the rare game I can't get on PC) and a PS3 (only gets used for Bluray).

    Basically, I spend a lot of time playing mobile games but they're just not enough, that's why I'm looking to get a proper portable console

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    I had a vita on release and sold it. There was nothing, it was stillborn.

    I've just got a secondhand vita for PS4 remote play, using the PS4 when the main TV is in use.

    Some decent console quality games are coming out: Killzone, Dragons Crown, Minecraft (360 version), MGS HD, Terrania, Uncharted. Plus stuff like: Rayman, Hotline Miami, Super Star Dust, Thomas was alone.


    2DS/3DS has lots more games and a much healthier outlook. The vita is just kicking into life.
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    Maybe you could look at the Nvidia Shield. It does cost a little more though and still quite new
    Last edited by rush_tech; 11th September 2013 at 02:34 PM.

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    I own both and these are my take:

    3DS:
    + Nintendo titles (New Pokemon!)
    + Street Pass is very cool especially when you walk anywhere near a cluster of anime geeks like Expo.
    + Nintendo Zone allows for free wi-fi at certain places like major London train stations.
    + Compact and fits in your pocket
    + Great battery life. And when done you just put it in standby and let Street Pass pick up stuff as you walk around town with little effect on battery.
    + Extensive games library with DS backwards compatability

    - Ever familiar Nintendo games rehash (how many Pokemon now?!?)
    - 3D effect I disable as it sends my eyes funny
    - Low resolution screen
    - Games are smaller and shorter
    - UI just feels quite dated
    - Friend codes
    - Rubbish Internet browser

    Vita:
    + Feels slick and looks the part with a brilliant display!
    + Full fledged games that can even be found on PS3
    + Extensive store
    + 3G for Internet connectivity anywhere
    + Connects to PSN to talk and play with friends over a proper gaming network
    + Many older titles have now entered the cheap phase of pricing
    + PS1, PS2 and PSP games available to buy on the store
    + Got an OK Internet browser

    - Expensive at launch (I bought one!)
    - Requires proprietary Sony SD Card storage at outrageous prices
    - UI is a bit naff and limiting (I keep mistaking the top bar for the Android notifications bar for one but you can't interact with it!)
    - Near, their equivalent of Streetpass, is somewhat worthless
    - Console is somewhat large and I'm frankly worried about scratching it without a case due to the price
    - Poor launch titles gave it a bad start and a bad rep
    - Battery life is poor and you will need to bring a charger!


    Out of the two I prefer the Vita, though I wish they had more games to match Nintendo's offerings. There is a big back catalogue but you risk filling that expensive storage card rather quickly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rush_tech View Post
    Maybe you could look at the Nvidia Shield.
    Best advice yet - for a PC gamer.

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    Aren't you tied to WiFi with the Shield? Portable for me means able to play anywhere, not just within range of WiFi...

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    If you're going for handhelds, get a 3DS and Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate. [>40 hours in... Nowhere near the end.]


    TBH, before you spend any money, check out what games are available for each console [including things that are coming out soon-ish] and choose the one with the most games you want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by X-13 View Post
    If you're going for handhelds, get a 3DS and Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate. [>40 hours in... Nowhere near the end.]


    TBH, before you spend any money, check out what games are available for each console [including things that are coming out soon-ish] and choose the one with the most games you want.
    I played the demo on MH3 on my missus' 3DS - couldn't get in to it. WTF is wrong with the camera in that game?! Would it have killed them to throw a bit of a story/tutorial in to the start for those of us who haven't played before? (Perhaps that's just the demo)

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    So it seems the general consensus is to go for Vita then. I'm a little concerned about the battery life though - what kind of play time do you get on a full charge?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LosOjos View Post
    I played the demo on MH3 on my missus' 3DS - couldn't get in to it. WTF is wrong with the camera in that game?! Would it have killed them to throw a bit of a story/tutorial in to the start for those of us who haven't played before? (Perhaps that's just the demo)
    MH is a good game that has bad demos.

    Also, theres pretty much NO story. It's basically "You're a hunter. Go kill things."

    And the camera IS bad. Boss monster camera lock is awesome.

    Le EDIT: a lot of the world building is done is NPC and quest text.

    It's also a game about skill. There's not really a point in the game where you can OHKO everything [without exploiting damage modifiers]. If you're not paying attention, you're going to have a bad time.
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    I got almost 6 hours last night on PvZ with minimum brightness and that took me to about 3/5th battery (one off from red warning zone).

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    Err..no, 2/5ths. Old browser won't let me edit.



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