If you’re looking to buy a hand held games console to carry around with you for mobile gaming, your main choice is between the Nintendo DS and the Sony Playstation Vita.
There may be other products on the market, but when it comes to gaming power, graphics and extra features, nothing else comes close to these two giants.
But choosing between the DS and the Vita can be tough. Both have some great features and both are compatible with some brilliant games. So if you’re struggling to make up your mind, here are some factors that may help.
For many people, the price of the device is going to be high on the list of priorities, especially if you’ve got a few kids to buy for or you’re on a budget.
When it comes down to money the DS definitely has the edge, generally coming in at around 25%-50% cheaper than the Vita, so if this is your main deciding point, there’s no contest.
If you’re looking for something that will fit snuggly into your pocket or bag, then size does matter and for many people, it’s a case of the smaller the better.
So, how do they measure up? Well, the DS comes in at 5.85 x 3.33 x 1.13 inches, not bad for something with 3D capability, and the VITA measures around 6.7 x 2.91 x 0.91 inches.
So if you’re looking for something slim but long, it’s the VITA, whereas the DS is shorter and wider. Overall, there’s not too much in it, but it is something to bear in mind.
A big consideration when buying any sort of console is the games you’ll be able to play on it.
The VITA has a lot of great action and adventure games, along with fantastic graphics, great for adults and teenagers to get stuck into and conquer.
The DS on the other, though still with its fair share of exciting games, has a lot of games suitable for younger children, as well as brain training games that are perfect for the young at heart.
So if you’re looking for a console for kids, you should sell your Vita and invest in a DS .
If you want your hand held console to be more than just a game player, consider the extra features of each product before you buy.
If you want to be able to watch films and programs, then the VITA allows files to be loaded onto it via a USB, so you can carry extra entertainment with you.
The VITA also has Wi Fi and web browsing capabilities, so if you do want more out of your console, then the VITA may just edge the win from the DS in the knock out stages.