The Verge: The best handheld you can buy
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  • Zhaan avatarZhaan

    Colour me surprised, I was expecting the iPad or the 3DS to win this. That said, I do agree actually agree with them. The Vita is by far my favourite handheld gaming device, and I say that as someone who owns (or has owned) a 3DS XL, Vita OG, Vita Slim, iPad Air and several high-end smartphones.

    I do prefer the slim edition though.

    Video games are welcome at the table of popular art, alongside movies, music, and television. Home consoles get a lot of attention, but portable gaming has done the heavy lifting when it comes to expanding the reach and acceptance of the medium.

    The road to ubiquity began with the peculiar rise of the Game Boy. An outdated piece of hardware upon its release in 1989, Nintendo would nonetheless sell over 115 million Game Boys and Game Boy Colors. Nintendo advertised the portable as a hobby device not just for the kids, but for the family. Countless adults lots entire nights to Zelda and Tetris.

    Since the late 2000s, smartphones have spread across the world at a rate that flounders Nintendo’s hardware. Millions of people who never owned a home or mobile game console now do, and the thousands of good, bad, and somewhere in between smartphone games have become a preferred distraction for grown-ups passing a long commute or a quick smoke break.

    Emmy avatarEmmy
    I don’t own a vita but it’s hard to imagine anything beating the 3DS


    Zhaan avatarZhaan

    Depends on your preferences. If you’re into JPRGs (which I do believe you are), the 3DS will always win. Vita’s library has grown significantly since its early years of drought, but it’s still not big on exclusives. I’d say it’s worth it for games like Persona 4 Golden, Gravity Rush, Ys: Celceta, FFX HD Remaster, Danganronpa, Soul Sacrifice, etc. though. There’s also a huge library of PSP, PSOne and indie games to consider. 

    In terms of hardware and ergonomics (imo), the Vita wins by a country mile. Plus, it actually has a real account system which means you can go all digital without fear.

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