What is your favorite PlayStation handheld?

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Posted by charizard1605 (74660 posts) 2 years, 1 month ago

Poll: What is your favorite PlayStation handheld? (43 votes)

PlayStation Portable 37%
PlayStation Vita 63%

Sony's history in the handheld market is short, but notable. They have had two handhelds so far, and with each, they've managed to make a fair few mistakes, although they have also successfully managed to compete with Nintendo in a market where no one else has done it before.

With that said, which one of them do you like the more?

On the one hand, the original PSP, although having a fair few issues over the years, ended as one of my favorite systems of last gen, and a system I hold in the highest regard. The games that it had were absolutely amazing, and it, along with the DS, contributed to the resurgence of handheld gaming. The PSP was that rare handheld that managed to rally both Japanese and western devs behind it (although at different times in its life), and it had so many great media features too. It was ahead of its time. That's not to even mention the games! Burnout Legends, Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, God of War: Chains of Olympus, Ridge Racer, Tekken: Dark Resurrection, Monster Hunter Freedom Unite, Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep, Dissidia: Final Fantasy, Tactics Ogre, Breath of Fire, Persona 3 Portable. It was great, it had so many neat titles, and it was, in many ways, the true successor to the GBA.

On the other hand, the PS Vita has Persona 4 Golden.

Damn it, this is tough to pick.

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#1 Posted by lostrib (49999 posts) -

Well I've only owned a vita...

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#2 Posted by Wiiboxstation (863 posts) -

vita. rayman legends and tearaway are amazing. I haven't even played p4g yet.

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#3 Posted by starwolf474 (983 posts) -

I vote for the PSP since it was great for emulators and I don't like how they made the buttons smaller on the Vita.

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#4 Posted by Telekill (6091 posts) -

Dual analog sticks coupled with a portable Uncharted beats the PSP in my book. The problem is Sony and all third party developers left the system to rot.

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#5 Posted by charizard1605 (74660 posts) -

@wiiboxstation said:

vita. rayman legends and tearaway are amazing. I haven't even played p4g yet.

This is going to be where I recommend that you play P4G at all costs. Preferably now.

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#6 Edited by jg4xchamp (57812 posts) -

PSP had Tactics Ogre, Patapon, and Final Fantasy Tactics.

PSP wins. Vita's best game is a fucking console port+extras.

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#7 Posted by charizard1605 (74660 posts) -

@jg4xchamp said:

PSP had Tactics Ogre, Patapon, and Final Fantasy Tactics.

PSP wins. Vita's best game is a fucking console port+extras.

The funny thing is, two of the games you named in your list are also consoleports.

For Patapon, I raise you Tearaway.

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#8 Posted by Kenny789 (10429 posts) -

Honestly....none. I own both a PSP and Vita but the games just don't appeal to me. Having said that, I did enjoy Riviera and Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep on the PSP. On the Vita, I enjoyed Technika and suffered through Assassin's Creed III: Liberation. So maybe PSP for now? I still have to try Tearaway, Persona 4 Golden, and Final Fantasy X and X-2 HD though.

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#9 Posted by cainetao11 (27360 posts) -

Going withe PSP. I bought one at launch and loved it. It got real support. I like my vita, hell most of what I play on it are old PSP games, but the support in terms of new full fledged IPs is what I was hoping for.

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#10 Posted by darkspineslayer (21723 posts) -

Which one has Spelunky and most of Vanillaware's catalog?

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#11 Edited by SolidGame_basic (20756 posts) -

Vita automatically wins because you can play most PSP games on it. Also, indie support and remote play.

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#12 Posted by remiks00 (3669 posts) -

Easily the vita (but thats not saying much). It cant play psp, ps1, indy, and vita games lol.

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#13 Posted by the9thinning (662 posts) -

none of them

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#14 Posted by Yrkoon99 (479 posts) -

psp is my favourite but ill get suspended again if i say why..... i like my vita as well :)

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#15 Posted by jake44 (2084 posts) -

It's a shame Sony messed up with the Vita...had so much potential. Love my Vita though.

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#16 Posted by finalfantasy94 (27286 posts) -

The vita in terms of design is much better. Put in the fact that some psp games are buyable through psn and can be played on PSvita im leaning towards vita.

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#17 Posted by SakusEnvoy (4609 posts) -

Having just recently taken the plunge on a Vita, I definitely prefer it to my old PSP that I never used and subsequently lost. Well, the Vita has access to most of the PSP's digital back catalog anyway (a rare feature nowadays outside of Nintendo systems) and I never bought any UMD games on it. Unfortunately, though, there's a number of very good PSP games I'll never get to play like Crisis Core unless they put it on PSN.

In terms of which is the superior handheld, from a hardware perspective it's obviously the Vita. A qHD 5 inch multitouch screen with dual analog at 219 grams makes it probably the best designed handheld ever. Also, Remote Play done right and not just with Lair. Playstation Plus support also means a steady stream of free games. Aside from Danganronpa, I actually haven't made any purchases with my new Vita yet, but I still have 10 games to get through on PS Plus back catalog. No doubt it'll keep me busy.

Overall, while I don't think the Vita's library is impressive by any means, for some reason it resonates with me a lot better than the PSP ever did. I like it. I could never imagine going back to a PSP.

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#18 Posted by coasterguy65 (7063 posts) -

The Vita is the better system IMO. Too bad Sony just seems to have abandoned it, and made it become a PS4 accessory.

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#19 Posted by 22Toothpicks (11575 posts) -

The PSP lets me play FF: Tactics on the go so...yeah.

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#20 Edited by The_Deepblue (712 posts) -

I don't game as much as I used to, so I will likely never get a Vita. If I do, it'll be at the end of its life cycle, dirt cheap. I didn't buy a PSP until it was essentially dead. Shame I has to sell it in a bout with financial difficulties. It was a sweet little handheld. I killed a lot of time with Lumines.

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#21 Posted by Blabadon (32734 posts) -

Vita

New genres of games explored on handhelds and a lot of great games. The Vita's droughts aren't worse than the PSP's were by a long shot.

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#22 Posted by Midnightshade29 (5916 posts) -

@22Toothpicks said:

The PSP lets me play FF: Tactics on the go so...yeah.

You can play that game and tactics ogre on the Vita too ...and upresed. The vita plays a metric ton of ps1, psp, minis, psmobile, and native vita games, and it does remote play with ps4. Just got Rogue Legacy and Ratchet and Clank Collection on it....both stellar. The fact that it has so many of PS2's greatest hits in collections is amazing: Metal gear solid 1,2,3 and Peace walker, JAK 1-3, Sly 1-4, God of war 1-2 /chains/ ghosts. Oh and it plays all the main line final fantasy FF1-10-2 plus disssidias and tactics. Oh and then it plays all the personas P1-P4G.... It has remasters of rarer wii titles, New little kings story and muramasa, and has original titles like Gravity rush, Ragnorok, and Soul Sacrifice Delta.

Lets not even get into the massive indie catalog.... games like spluneky, rogue legacy, bit trip runner 2, oli oli, hotline miami, retro city rampage, sound shapes, fez, limbo, etc...

VITA hands down and this from someone who owned 4 Psps just because I loved the system so much!!!

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#23 Posted by 22Toothpicks (11575 posts) -

@Midnightshade29 said:

@22Toothpicks said:

The PSP lets me play FF: Tactics on the go so...yeah.

You can play that game and tactics ogre on the Vita too ...and upresed. The vita plays a metric ton of ps1, psp, minis, psmobile, and native vita games, and it does remote play with ps4. Just got Rogue Legacy and Ratchet and Clank Collection on it....both stellar. The fact that it has so many of PS2's greatest hits in collections is amazing: Metal gear solid 1,2,3 and Peace walker, JAK 1-3, Sly 1-4, God of war 1-2 /chains/ ghosts. Oh and it plays all the main line final fantasy FF1-10-2 plus disssidias and tactics. Oh and then it plays all the personas P1-P4G.... It has remasters of rarer wii titles, New little kings story and muramasa, and has original titles like Gravity rush, Ragnorok, and Soul Sacrifice Delta.

Lets not even get into the massive indie catalog.... games like spluneky, rogue legacy, bit trip runner 2, oli oli, hotline miami, retro city rampage, sound shapes, fez, limbo, etc...

VITA hands down and this from someone who owned 4 Psps just because I loved the system so much!!!

yeah but then I would have to actually buy a Vita which is just not in my budget at the moment; the prospect of all those classic ps1/ps2 games on a handheld is really appealing though.

you know what i really want though? Megaman legends 1 & 2 to be on PSN. the x series would be sweet as well. just one more reason i hate today's capcom.

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#24 Posted by TrappedInABox91 (1479 posts) -

PSP. How is that even a question lol

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#25 Posted by Seabas989 (12538 posts) -

The Sony Walkman.

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#26 Posted by inb4uall (6564 posts) -

PSP shits aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaall over the vita.

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#27 Edited by lostrib (49999 posts) -

I must say that the original vita is not the most comfortable for long periods of gameplay

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#28 Posted by santoron (8575 posts) -

PSP has the better library overall since it's been around several times as long, though I think people would be surprised if we compared the Vita and the PSP's first couple of years.

Hardware it's no comparison. Vita is a better system in every way.

@lostrib said:

I must say that the original vita is not the most comfortable for long periods of gameplay

I felt the same actually. I ended up spending a couple bucks on a grip (this one in fact) and it made a big difference.

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#29 Posted by R4gn4r0k (22651 posts) -

They all suffer the same problem: lack of games/exclusives

But still, I've already played on my Vita way more than on my PSP.

The PSP, for me, only had 3 worthwhile things: GTA, Patapon and Emulators.

Sony could've learned so much from the PSP, unfortunately they already gave up on the Vita.

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#30 Posted by mgools (1170 posts) -

I like them both, but for me the Vita. 2 Analog sticks makes this an easy choice for me. As well as the OLED display that puts even my plasma and LCD (LED back-lit) TVs to shame. Now add the ability to play the PS 4 games on it, and it is an amazing little system. Just tired of nothing but Indie games on it. But the games that are not indie are very good. Uncharted. Unit 13, MK, Killzone, God of War, etc.

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#31 Posted by charizard1605 (74660 posts) -

@SakusEnvoy: Yo, make sure to pick up P4G for your Vita when you get the chance. You won't regret it.

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#32 Edited by SolidGame_basic (20756 posts) -

@Midnightshade29 said:

@22Toothpicks said:

The PSP lets me play FF: Tactics on the go so...yeah.

You can play that game and tactics ogre on the Vita too ...and upresed. The vita plays a metric ton of ps1, psp, minis, psmobile, and native vita games, and it does remote play with ps4. Just got Rogue Legacy and Ratchet and Clank Collection on it....both stellar. The fact that it has so many of PS2's greatest hits in collections is amazing: Metal gear solid 1,2,3 and Peace walker, JAK 1-3, Sly 1-4, God of war 1-2 /chains/ ghosts. Oh and it plays all the main line final fantasy FF1-10-2 plus disssidias and tactics. Oh and then it plays all the personas P1-P4G.... It has remasters of rarer wii titles, New little kings story and muramasa, and has original titles like Gravity rush, Ragnorok, and Soul Sacrifice Delta.

Lets not even get into the massive indie catalog.... games like spluneky, rogue legacy, bit trip runner 2, oli oli, hotline miami, retro city rampage, sound shapes, fez, limbo, etc...

VITA hands down and this from someone who owned 4 Psps just because I loved the system so much!!!

^ this guy knows what he's talking about

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#33 Posted by gameofthering (10914 posts) -

Well this is easy to answer.

The PSP!

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#34 Posted by Floppy_Jim (25834 posts) -

I think in hardware & overall design PSV is the most impressive 7th to 8th gen leap.

Misses GTA, God of War, Tekken, Syphon Filter, Final Fantasy and Burnout. Gains a ton of downloadable & PS1/PSP games. It's exclusive library won't be as strong as PSP's but total library will dwarf it, Vita it is.

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#35 Posted by Suppaman100 (5250 posts) -

PSP has a vastly superior library.

But Vita can play most PSP games...hmmm.

PSP still wins because Vita is left to die with a mediocre exclusive library and will sell like crap.

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#36 Posted by osirisx3 (2113 posts) -

vita is lame

hardly any games worth playing just gimped console ports and lame spin off games.

the screen sucks lol 540P my tablet is 1200p

memory cards are disgusting! 40 bucks for 16gbs!!!? i can get a 64gb sd card for that much!

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#37 Posted by humanistpotato (555 posts) -

vita is the best handheld hardware. But there is not much in it sadly

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#38 Posted by speedfreak48t5p (11752 posts) -

LOL Vita

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#39 Posted by yokofox33 (30774 posts) -

The Vita obviously.

Vita is love. Vita is life.

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#40 Edited by ghostwarrior786 (5811 posts) -

psp all day, it was a breath of fresh air when it released and along with gameboy colour is the only handheld i have ever owned. also it had some amazing games like final fantasy crisis core/god of war etc.