|Product||Nintendo 3DS XL (Red)||Sony PlayStation Vita 2000||Nintendo 3DS (Cosmo Black)||Sony PlayStation 4|
|Price||$199.69 to $294.98||Announced release spring 2014 for 199.99.||$141.99 to $323.42||$399.99 to $648.87|
|CNET editors' rating||4 stars||4 stars||3.5 stars||3.5 stars|
|Average user rating||4 stars||0 stars||4 stars||3.5 stars|
|Release date||July 28, 2012||Info unavailable||March 27, 2011||November 15, 2013|
|Bottom line|| |
Three years in, the Nintendo 3DS handheld has become a seriously good game device -- especially for fans of Nintendo's classic gaming franchises -- and the XL is the one you should buy.
In the face of stiff competition from smart phone and tablet gaming, we were hoping for something more audacious from Sony's Vita revamp. The Vita Slim is still a powerful, portable games machine however -- just watch out for those pricey, proprietary memory cards. Owners of the original shouldn't worry about upgrading, but if there are Vita-specific titles you've been hankering to play for a while now, this is a good time to get involved.
The Nintendo 3DS successfully offers a glasses-free 3D experience that needs to be seen to be believed. A weak start out of the gate has been all but forgotten thanks to a bevy of compelling releases on online downloadables since launch.
The PlayStation 4's beautiful graphics, blazing interface, near-perfect controller, and lower price give it a slight edge on the Xbox One -- for now.
|Media Type|| |
Flash memory card
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|Buying choices||Prices from 7 stores|| |
Announced release spring 2014 for 199.99.
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