|Product||Sony PlayStation Vita (Wi-Fi)||Sony PlayStation 4||Microsoft Xbox One||Sony PlayStation Vita 2000||Nintendo 3DS XL (Red)|
|Price||$199.88||$507.84 to $657.85||$499.00 to $650.00||Announced release spring 2014 for 199.99.||$199.69 to $294.98|
|CNET editors' rating||4 stars||3.5 stars||3.5 stars||4 stars||4 stars|
|Average user rating||4 stars||3.5 stars||3.5 stars||0 stars||4 stars|
|Release date||February 15, 2012||November 15, 2013||November 22, 2013||Info unavailable||July 28, 2012|
|Bottom line|| |
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.
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.
The Xbox One goes beyond gaming with its ambitious live TV integration, but at launch it can't deliver a knockout blow to the PS4 due to a higher price and uneven voice control. We suggest you wait for improvements, but for now, the Xbox One is better suited to forgiving early adopters.
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.
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.
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PlayStation Vita card
Flash memory card
|Info unavailable|| |
Flash memory card
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Announced release spring 2014 for 199.99.
|Prices from 7 stores|