Choosing the Portable Console That is Right For You
Whether you’re scouring the internet to buy one for your husband, your children or yourself, how hard can choosing a portable game console be? Unlike 20 years ago when things were much simpler, there are so many options now for portable consoles. It might not be difficult for some but for people are not well versed in gaming, it may be nerve wrecking.
There are so many features and specifications that, for most people, it can be a frustrating experience. Short of hitting the shops and putting it side by side, here’s a list that could help you get on your way. Don’t be afraid because you just need to do your homework and the rest will come to you.
There are so many brands of portable gaming consoles in the market and you might find yourself overwhelmed with the jargons sales agents are throwing at you. The first thing you need to decide on is a particular brand of gaming console. Being that Game Boy is already obsolete; you’ll be left with the popular choices between PSP and Nintendo DS.
These two portable consoles are both developed and manufactured by Japanese companies, Sony and Nintendo, around 2004. The latest models, the PlayStation Vita and the Nintendo 3DS, were both released in 2011 for nearly the same retail price of $249 and the key selling points for both models is the ability to play augmented reality games.
The Nintendo 3DS is lighter and more compact at 5.3 x 2.9 x 0.83 weighing 235 grams in as opposed to PlayStation Vita’s 7.2 x 0.73 x 3.29 and 260 grams for the Wi-Fi and 279 grams for the 3G. However, both support backward compatible for old game titles so there’s no waste in case you own previous versions of both consoles.
The PlayStation Vita has a 5-inch OLED multi-touch touchscreen display with a 960 x 544 display resolution on 24-bit color display as opposed to Nintendo 3DS’s autostereoscopic 3.53-inch LCD and 3.02 bottom LCD with 800 x 240 display resolution on 32-bit color display. Simply put, the OLED technology stands for organic light-emitting diode, which means it works without the need for a backlight. It also means it can achieve a higher contrast ratio than a regular LCD screen while autostereoscopic allows for individuals to regard images and videos as 3D without the need for 3D glasses. Nintendo 3DS allows you to not only play 3D photos and videos but also capture 3D photos and videos yourself. We all know 3D is the future of electronics.
The PlayStation Vita include front and back 1.3 megapixel VGA cameras as opposed to Nintendo 3DS’s front and 2 rear 0.3 megapixel VGA cameras. The Nintendo 3DS allows for Wi-Fi and infrared connectivity while the PlayStation Vita has Wi-Fi connect, Bluetooth and optional, 3G connectivity. This wireless connectivity allows for both consoles to browse the web. Moreover, the two consoles allow you to download games and store it using its expandable SD card memory.
However, Nintendo came out publicly advising parents that the Nintendo 3DS is not suitable for children aged six years old below as this may impair their vision but the American Optometric Association states that there’s no harm if done in moderation. In fact, studies conclude that 3D games screen children for depth perception impairment.
For all the hype that the PlayStation Vita is getting, Nintendo 3DS has been breaking sales record all over the world. Reviews of the Nintendo 3DS are also generally positive. With so many people putting their trust in the Nintendo 3DS, don’t you think it’s worth a try?
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