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?
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).
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 :)
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
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.
Maybe you could look at the Nvidia Shield. It does cost a little more though and still quite new
I own both and these are my take:
+ 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
+ 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.
Best advice yet - for a PC gamer.
Originally Posted by rush_tech
Aren't you tied to WiFi with the Shield? Portable for me means able to play anywhere, not just within range of WiFi...
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)
Originally Posted by X-13
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?
MH is a good game that has bad demos.
Originally Posted by LosOjos
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.
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).
Err..no, 2/5ths. Old browser won't let me edit. :(