3DS or PSVita? which one would a guy get?

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#1 Posted by seanmcloughlin (38110 posts) -

I've always sort of wanted a handheld for a while to keep gaming on the go or when I can't be at my desk etc. and I've always sort of been torn between the two. Now that I have some holiday cash to splash I can actually afford one so I was wondering the general consensus, which one is better? (to keep it SW related)

From what I've heard the 3DS has better games but the PSVita is a better piece of tech, don't know how true this is right now in present times though.

Should be noted that I'm not big into Pokemon (last one I played was Blue) and I've never played a Zelda game (yeah yeah sue me) but that doesn't mean I cant try them out

I can however get a PSVita with tearaway and LBP with 16GB memory or a gold Zelda edition 3DS XL with Zelda A link between worlds for about the same price as each other. PSVita one being slightly cheaper

#2 Edited by charizard1605 (54087 posts) -

3DS XL

Vita has some great games, but not enough of them, and not a single original Vita game has anything to offer that rivals what the 3DS gives you. If you do decide to get a 3DS, I would advise the following games at all costs:

  • Fire Emblem Awakening
  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Shadow Wars
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
  • Super Mario 3D Land
  • Kid Icarus Uprising
  • Ace Attorney Dual Destinies
  • Resident Evil Revelations
  • Pokemon X/Y
#3 Edited by seanmcloughlin (38110 posts) -

3DS XL

I had a feeling YOU wouldsay that :P

Elaborate please, if you don't mind

#4 Posted by Xaero_Gravity (8665 posts) -

3DS by far. Even from a hardware standpoint, I have a tough time recommending the Vita while it's memory card prices are in effect.

#5 Edited by seanmcloughlin (38110 posts) -

3DS by far. Even from a hardware standpoint, I have a tough time recommending the Vita while it's memory card prices are in effect.

Still can't believe how expensive those little fucking cards are

#6 Posted by charizard1605 (54087 posts) -

@charizard1605 said:

3DS XL

I had a feeling YOU wouldsay that :P

Elaborate please, if you don't mind

Just edited my original post, but the long and short of it is, great hardware isn't worth a whole lot if there aren't enough games to utilize it. The tragedy of Vita is that it remains almost criminally underrepresented and underutilized. Yes, the hardware is great, but it doesn't matter, there isn't much that does anything with the hardware, and most of the Vita's best games (Ys, Persona) are on other systems too.

3DS hardware might not be as great as Vita, but it's acceptable, it gets the job done, and most importantly, the 3DS has a killer games library that you simply cannot find on any other system. Except for shooters, the 3DS has every genre represented in spades. It's an amazing library that gamers of all ilk should pick p and play at least once. There's something on offer for everyone.

#7 Posted by Xaero_Gravity (8665 posts) -

@Xaero_Gravity said:

3DS by far. Even from a hardware standpoint, I have a tough time recommending the Vita while it's memory card prices are in effect.

Still can't believe how expensive those little fucking cards are

Yeah it's ridiculous. Granted you can simply just delete the games you're not playing and redownload them whenever, but it doesn't excuse the sodomy Sony's pulling with it's prices.

#8 Posted by seanmcloughlin (38110 posts) -

@seanmcloughlin said:

@charizard1605 said:

3DS XL

I had a feeling YOU wouldsay that :P

Elaborate please, if you don't mind

Just edited my original post, but the long and short of it is, great hardware isn't worth a whole lot if there aren't enough games to utilize it. The tragedy of Vita is that it remains almost criminally underrepresented and underutilized. Yes, the hardware is great, but it doesn't matter, there isn't much that does anything with the hardware, and most of the Vita's best games (Ys, Persona) are on other systems too.

3DS hardware might not be as great as Vita, but it's acceptable, it gets the job done, and most importantly, the 3DS has a killer games library that you simply cannot find on any other system. Except for shooters, the 3DS has every genre represented in spades. It's an amazing library that gamers of all ilk should pick p and play at least once. There's something on offer for everyone.

Well I mentioned the hardware more for stuff outside of games, like browsing, watching videos etc.

But yeah fair point. My gaming history is seriously lacking Nintendo games too, haven't played them since I was like <10 years old. Feel like I've missed a lot and I'm uninformed when it comes to Ninty games

#9 Posted by Xaero_Gravity (8665 posts) -

@charizard1605 said:

@seanmcloughlin said:

@charizard1605 said:

3DS XL

I had a feeling YOU wouldsay that :P

Elaborate please, if you don't mind

Just edited my original post, but the long and short of it is, great hardware isn't worth a whole lot if there aren't enough games to utilize it. The tragedy of Vita is that it remains almost criminally underrepresented and underutilized. Yes, the hardware is great, but it doesn't matter, there isn't much that does anything with the hardware, and most of the Vita's best games (Ys, Persona) are on other systems too.

3DS hardware might not be as great as Vita, but it's acceptable, it gets the job done, and most importantly, the 3DS has a killer games library that you simply cannot find on any other system. Except for shooters, the 3DS has every genre represented in spades. It's an amazing library that gamers of all ilk should pick p and play at least once. There's something on offer for everyone.

Well I mentioned the hardware more for stuff outside of games, like browsing, watching videos etc.

But yeah fair point. My gaming history is seriously lacking Nintendo games too, haven't played them since I was like <10 years old. Feel like I've missed a lot and I'm uninformed when it comes to Ninty games

Then you should take into account the DS library as well. Some great handheld experiences there.

#10 Edited by charizard1605 (54087 posts) -

@charizard1605 said:

@seanmcloughlin said:

@charizard1605 said:

3DS XL

I had a feeling YOU wouldsay that :P

Elaborate please, if you don't mind

Just edited my original post, but the long and short of it is, great hardware isn't worth a whole lot if there aren't enough games to utilize it. The tragedy of Vita is that it remains almost criminally underrepresented and underutilized. Yes, the hardware is great, but it doesn't matter, there isn't much that does anything with the hardware, and most of the Vita's best games (Ys, Persona) are on other systems too.

3DS hardware might not be as great as Vita, but it's acceptable, it gets the job done, and most importantly, the 3DS has a killer games library that you simply cannot find on any other system. Except for shooters, the 3DS has every genre represented in spades. It's an amazing library that gamers of all ilk should pick p and play at least once. There's something on offer for everyone.

Well I mentioned the hardware more for stuff outside of games, like browsing, watching videos etc.

But yeah fair point. My gaming history is seriously lacking Nintendo games too, haven't played them since I was like <10 years old. Feel like I've missed a lot and I'm uninformed when it comes to Ninty games

Technically, the 3DS has browsing and media capabilities too. There's Netflix, Youtube, Hulu et al on 3DS. I just advise against using any of it (well Netflix is actually good).

Anyway, yeah, but it's not even just about Nintendo games. There's stuff like Shin Megami Tensei IV. Or Ace Attorney. Or Fire Emblem. kid Icarus. A lot of it might be Nintendo, but this is the kind of stuff you don't get on other platforms. It's an entirely different kind of gaming, one that spreads across the entire spectrum of gaming, and that you owe it to yourself to check out. For instance, I can guarantee you would absolutely adore Fire Emblem: Awakening, just as an example.

#11 Posted by KaijuSlayer666 (27 posts) -

I would say PS vita. That's my plan I i have some extra money loved the psp. Im not big on Nintendo anymore. I had a Wii and the big Nintendo franchises just dont do it for me anymore. Played the ds a few times and wasn't feeling it. Haven't tried the 3ds and while the third party support seems great, its still a Nintendo console with the same feeling I've had since n64. Buy Nintendo for Nintendo games, which I dont enjoy anymore. So if you like Nintendo games I would say 3ds. If not maybe go more towards the vita.

#12 Posted by drekula2 (1872 posts) -

PS Vita aint got no AAAE, nigga

#13 Edited by finalfantasy94 (26133 posts) -

All I can say is look at the games and decide. Thats usally the right way to go. Personally iv used my vita much more then my 3ds but thats not to say its bad just not a ton on it I want to play at the moment. So far my mind is set on RF4 for it.Just busy with YS on my vita is all.

#14 Posted by seanmcloughlin (38110 posts) -

Then you should take into account the DS library as well. Some great handheld experiences there.

Forgot about that actually, do they work straight with it or through downloads?

#15 Posted by Blabadon (25094 posts) -

Sean, talk to us on Steam, we can help you out there easier.

#16 Posted by charizard1605 (54087 posts) -

@Xaero_Gravity said:

Then you should take into account the DS library as well. Some great handheld experiences there.

Forgot about that actually, do they work straight with it or through downloads?

Straight through the cartridge slot.

#17 Posted by Xaero_Gravity (8665 posts) -

@Xaero_Gravity said:

Then you should take into account the DS library as well. Some great handheld experiences there.

Forgot about that actually, do they work straight with it or through downloads?

Straight with the system. At the moment, they don't sell DS games on the eShop so you'll have to track them down, but Japan did get a DS game on the eShop recently so hopefully they'll start selling them digitally. But it's Nintendo, so they probably won't. One advantage the Vita has if you're going to look into backwards compatibility, is that it has PSP games available on the PSN store.

#18 Posted by seanmcloughlin (38110 posts) -

@seanmcloughlin said:

@Xaero_Gravity said:

Then you should take into account the DS library as well. Some great handheld experiences there.

Forgot about that actually, do they work straight with it or through downloads?

Straight through the cartridge slot.

Then that makes the decision towards a 3DS MUCH more enticing.

Maybe I'll get to play 999 and VLR to shut Blab's mouth!

#19 Edited by darkspineslayer (19319 posts) -

@Xaero_Gravity said:

Then you should take into account the DS library as well. Some great handheld experiences there.

Forgot about that actually, do they work straight with it or through downloads?

They work flat out. you can (or rather need to) pop in a DS cart and it will boot into DS mode.

#20 Posted by charizard1605 (54087 posts) -

@charizard1605 said:

@seanmcloughlin said:

@Xaero_Gravity said:

Then you should take into account the DS library as well. Some great handheld experiences there.

Forgot about that actually, do they work straight with it or through downloads?

Straight through the cartridge slot.

Then that makes the decision towards a 3DS MUCH more enticing.

Maybe I'll get to play 999 and VLR to shut Blab's mouth!

Most DS games (that are not called Radiant Historia) are super cheap on Amazon or eBay, so yeah. You can play games like not only 999, but also Hotel Dusk, Phoenix Wright, The World Ends With You, Devil Survivor, Elite Beat Agents, Meteos, Kirby Canvas Curse, and so on.

Also, DS games are NOT region locked, unlike 3DS games, so you can import and play then too.

#21 Posted by finalfantasy94 (26133 posts) -

@charizard1605 said:

@seanmcloughlin said:

@Xaero_Gravity said:

Then you should take into account the DS library as well. Some great handheld experiences there.

Forgot about that actually, do they work straight with it or through downloads?

Straight through the cartridge slot.

Then that makes the decision towards a 3DS MUCH more enticing.

Maybe I'll get to play 999 and VLR to shut Blab's mouth!

999 is good if you dont mind tons and tons of reading. I still need to play VLR. I got it with PS+ so ill get around to it. I just gatta be in the mood to do all the reading those games have.

#22 Posted by Blabadon (25094 posts) -

@charizard1605 said:

@seanmcloughlin said:

@Xaero_Gravity said:

Then you should take into account the DS library as well. Some great handheld experiences there.

Forgot about that actually, do they work straight with it or through downloads?

Straight through the cartridge slot.

Then that makes the decision towards a 3DS MUCH more enticing.

Maybe I'll get to play 999 and VLR to shut Blab's mouth!

Holy shit, maybe you'll have higher standards then.

#23 Posted by GoldenElementXL (2516 posts) -

If you are anything like the 2013 version of system wars poster and resolution matters to you, the 3DS will be an eye sore. The Vita screen is stunning. That being said there are some amazing games on the 3DS. Fire Emblem, Mario 3D land, Mario Kart 7, Pokemon, Zelda to name a few. I probably play the Vita more, but when I look at it the 3DS has the better games. It's tough to recommend one over the other.

#24 Posted by seanmcloughlin (38110 posts) -

@Blabadon said:

@seanmcloughlin said:

@charizard1605 said:

@seanmcloughlin said:

@Xaero_Gravity said:

Then you should take into account the DS library as well. Some great handheld experiences there.

Forgot about that actually, do they work straight with it or through downloads?

Straight through the cartridge slot.

Then that makes the decision towards a 3DS MUCH more enticing.

Maybe I'll get to play 999 and VLR to shut Blab's mouth!

Holy shit, maybe you'll have higher standards then.

Will I be a pretentious douche like you then? :P

#25 Posted by GTSaiyanjin2 (5651 posts) -

Just look at the games both have to offer... The 3DS has a much better library of games. But the Vita also has its fair share of good games. I would say get the 3DS unless there is something you really want to play on the Vita. I went for the vita myself this past BF mainly because I had loads of games I had gotten from PS+, and the system had a few games I wanted to play as well. Also I didnt want to miss out on the OLED Vita's. One big negative with the vita is the memory cards are very expensive, I managed to get a 16GB for $20, and even is priced too high compared to SD cards.

#26 Posted by Xaero_Gravity (8665 posts) -

@Blabadon said:

@seanmcloughlin said:

@charizard1605 said:

@seanmcloughlin said:

@Xaero_Gravity said:

Then you should take into account the DS library as well. Some great handheld experiences there.

Forgot about that actually, do they work straight with it or through downloads?

Straight through the cartridge slot.

Then that makes the decision towards a 3DS MUCH more enticing.

Maybe I'll get to play 999 and VLR to shut Blab's mouth!

Holy shit, maybe you'll have higher standards then.

Will I be a pretentious douche like you then? :P

You'll just be another pretentious user subverting hype.

#27 Posted by charizard1605 (54087 posts) -

@seanmcloughlin said:

@Blabadon said:

@seanmcloughlin said:

@charizard1605 said:

@seanmcloughlin said:

@Xaero_Gravity said:

Then you should take into account the DS library as well. Some great handheld experiences there.

Forgot about that actually, do they work straight with it or through downloads?

Straight through the cartridge slot.

Then that makes the decision towards a 3DS MUCH more enticing.

Maybe I'll get to play 999 and VLR to shut Blab's mouth!

Holy shit, maybe you'll have higher standards then.

Will I be a pretentious douche like you then? :P

You'll just be another pretentious user subverting hype.

Did you just PUSH a shameless plug in there?

#28 Edited by Xaero_Gravity (8665 posts) -

@Xaero_Gravity said:

@seanmcloughlin said:

@Blabadon said:

@seanmcloughlin said:

@charizard1605 said:

@seanmcloughlin said:

@Xaero_Gravity said:

Then you should take into account the DS library as well. Some great handheld experiences there.

Forgot about that actually, do they work straight with it or through downloads?

Straight through the cartridge slot.

Then that makes the decision towards a 3DS MUCH more enticing.

Maybe I'll get to play 999 and VLR to shut Blab's mouth!

Holy shit, maybe you'll have higher standards then.

Will I be a pretentious douche like you then? :P

You'll just be another pretentious user subverting hype.

Did you just PUSH a shameless plug in there?

#Xaero4LoungeCreator

#29 Edited by Blabadon (25094 posts) -

@seanmcloughlin said:

@Blabadon said:

@seanmcloughlin said:

@charizard1605 said:

@seanmcloughlin said:

@Xaero_Gravity said:

Then you should take into account the DS library as well. Some great handheld experiences there.

Forgot about that actually, do they work straight with it or through downloads?

Straight through the cartridge slot.

Then that makes the decision towards a 3DS MUCH more enticing.

Maybe I'll get to play 999 and VLR to shut Blab's mouth!

Holy shit, maybe you'll have higher standards then.

Will I be a pretentious douche like you then? :P

Only if pretentious douches watch every Jacksepticeye video there is, like every one of them, constantly leave feedback, and has no idea how to properly use the word "pretentious."

Edit: Not to sound like you owe me anything for watching your videos. Apologies about that.

#30 Posted by TrappedInABox91 (437 posts) -

3DS. Its slaying the lesser bitches.

#31 Edited by charizard1605 (54087 posts) -

Stop quoting me for no reason you fucks.

#32 Edited by cain006 (8625 posts) -

I have a 3DS XL and I like it. Pokemon is probably my favorite franchise though so I'm pretty biased. It does have plenty of good games - Super Mario 3D Land and SMT4 are great from the ones I've played besides pokemon. Steer clear of New Super Mario Bros. 2 though, it's easily the worst in the series.

#33 Edited by seanmcloughlin (38110 posts) -

@Blabadon said:

@seanmcloughlin said:

Will I be a pretentious douche like you then? :P

Only if pretentious douches watch every Jacksepticeye video there is, like every one of them, constantly leave feedback, and has no idea how to properly use the word "pretentious."

Edit: Not to sound like you owe me anything for watching your videos. Apologies about that.

What's your name on Yotuube actually?

#34 Posted by Blabadon (25094 posts) -
#35 Posted by Blabadon (25094 posts) -

@Blabadon said:

@seanmcloughlin said:

Will I be a pretentious douche like you then? :P

Only if pretentious douches watch every Jacksepticeye video there is, like every one of them, constantly leave feedback, and has no idea how to properly use the word "pretentious."

Edit: Not to sound like you owe me anything for watching your videos. Apologies about that.

What's your name on Yotuube actually?

Jack may hate this game, but Sean loves it.

#36 Posted by hoosier7 (3642 posts) -

Vita offers an experience closer to a console, there's some pretty competent shooters on it if you like that stuff and it doesn't get the respect it deserves for the amount of really awesome indie titles you can play on it. It just really lacks a big title like Mario, Zelda or Pokemon, the Uncharted or Killzone games aren't bad but don't feel as good as handheld titles.

For me though i don't look for that kind of experience anyway, give me some Mario or Zelda any day so the 3DS is the best handheld to buy.

#37 Posted by darkspineslayer (19319 posts) -
#38 Posted by Blabadon (25094 posts) -
#39 Posted by 93BlackHawk93 (5011 posts) -
#40 Edited by Joedgabe (5087 posts) -

Yes the PSVita is miles ahead of the 3DS tech wise... but If you wanna play games probably the 3DS. Be warned though... the 3DS game are highly overrated ( don't say i didn't warn you )

The Vita games are really meh atm.. however get the 3DS not only for the 3DS games but if you never had a DS before you can enjoy a lot of the games the Nintendo DS had. They may not be mind blowing but if you have the time and not have a big list of stand by games. Also note that the Vita Cards are extremely expensive. Then again i warn you.... they over rate the fuck out of the 3DS.

#41 Posted by Basinboy (10890 posts) -

If you have PS+ as a consequence of owning PS3/PS4, get a Vita and buy a 16-32 GB card

If not, 3DS

#42 Edited by cainetao11 (15551 posts) -

I own both and I prefer my Vita. Just enjoy gaming on it more. Yes 3DS has the better library, but honestly, a lot of those games just don't interest me. I have never played a Pokémon game and doubt I ever will. My 3 DS is what I call my Zelda machine. I have every Zelda I can download on it as well as OoT and soon Link between worlds.

Vita I have played Uncharted and I enjoyed it a lot, gravity rush is cool, Resistance BS was fun to play, and KZ mercenary is great. Been playing Arkham origins blackgate lately and its ok, but I am a big arkham games fan. I also have some favorites from PSP on my 8 gig memory card that I play from time to time. Just like the vita more as a device I suppose.

#43 Posted by topgunmv (10033 posts) -

3ds for the games, at this point smartphones are more powerful than the vita anyways.

#44 Posted by seanmcloughlin (38110 posts) -

@Blabadon said:

Jack may hate this game, but Sean loves it.

Ahhhhhh haha

Oh and

Stop quoting me for no reason you fucks.

#45 Edited by charizard1605 (54087 posts) -

I hate every last one of you

#46 Posted by 93BlackHawk93 (5011 posts) -
#47 Posted by lostrib (30857 posts) -

3DS (Xl) sounds like the better device for gaming

#48 Edited by charizard1605 (54087 posts) -
#49 Posted by 93BlackHawk93 (5011 posts) -
#50 Posted by darkspineslayer (19319 posts) -