|Product||Nintendo 2DS (Red)||Nintendo 3DS XL (Red)||Sony PlayStation 4||Sony PlayStation Vita 2000||Sony PlayStation Vita (Wi-Fi)|
|Price||$129.95 to $131.48||$199.69 to $294.98||$507.84 to $648.87||Announced release spring 2014 for 199.99.||$199.00 to $417.92|
|CNET editors' rating||3.5 stars||4 stars||3.5 stars||4 stars||4 stars|
|Average user rating||0 stars||4 stars||3.5 stars||0 stars||4 stars|
|Release date||October 12, 2013||July 28, 2012||November 15, 2013||Info unavailable||February 15, 2012|
|Bottom line|| |
At $130, the 2DS offers a huge array of compelling software and makes for a great entry-level gaming system to the uninitiated first-time gamer. Just be sure to buy a protective case along with it, too.
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.
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.
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.
Overall, the PlayStation Vita is the most advanced portable gaming system ever made. While the price is deceiving because of a hidden cost, gamers are getting an impressively complete package. Now priced at $200, the Vita makes a compelling case as the ultimate indie portable console.
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Flash memory card
|Info unavailable|| |
PlayStation Vita card
Flash memory card
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Announced release spring 2014 for 199.99.