Although mere observations, this article aims to guide the curious or conflicted towards what best suits their interests. Each console and handheld boasts many unique aspects – and, despite its absence, so does Microsoft's Xbox One. Well, without further adieu here is the breakdown:
At first glance, both the PS4 and Wii U look quite appealing. The PS4 is rather large when set in comparison to the Wii U, but the Wii U also has the touchpad that, although innovative, is sizable itself. The touchpad is quite useful, however, as it plays the role of being able to play a game anywhere by using the touchpad screen as the television, the main screen. A certain peripheral and stand-alone handheld does the same for the PS4, the PS Vita (and the newly introduced micro-console, Playstation TV). Many reports show that it does, in fact take quite a great connection to Wi-Fi on both the PS4 and the PS Vita, but other than that it seems to be a fairly satisfactory experience for both Nintendo and Sony. Here, it really depends upon the individual. Sony offers long-distance connections, but it can prove quite gimmicky if there is not a stable, strong connection while Nintendo offers a smooth, fluid local connection.
Beyond that, the inner components result in an instant, as Super Smash Bros. puts it, “No Contest.” The Wii U, having been released in 2012, and by Nintendo who is notorious for releasing weak hardware, but still being capable of running fair games, stands no chance head-to-head against the stronger, faster PS4. Even in storage capacity, the deluxe model of the Wii U provides the user with 32GB of internal storage. The PS4? It offers 500GB. Additionally, as seen last generation, while Nintendo tends to keep a stable quality within their console games, Sony and its developers tend to take some time (often years) to truly utilize the potential of the hardware. That being said, last generation games like The Last of Us took almost the whole life-cycle of the console to be released, but when it was released it made quite a few customers happy. Sony's Playstation 4 completely dominates the Wii U in hardware, but Nintendo does have a way of optimizing games quickly, so it depends on the individual's desire to either wait a few years for a super flashy game or play some acceptable, still high-definition games. Either way, there is much more to buying a console than simply which one can preform the most, yes, it helps when boiling down to the experience itself: games.
While many purchase PS4 and PS Vita for sports games, Call of Duty, or “Only on Playstation” titles, that goes very much the same for the Wii and 3DS. Nintendo has quite a nice collection of intellectual property and is not afraid to bring it. New releases like Super Smash Bros. for 3DS/Wii U, Hyrule Warriors, and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire/ Omega Ruby have aided in pushing the wary on-the-fence adopters onto Nintendo's side. Newer games like Destiny, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Little Big Planet 3, and indies like Velocity 2X, have also helped people purchase a PS4 as well, however. From a look at the differing libraries, it can be found that Nintendo tends to be more family-friendly and, therefore, gains the edge if, say, the console is for a child whom which is not ready to take on loads of rated-M shooters. Still, both of these systems are young and, even the handhelds, have few definitive titles to look out for. Unless someone is quite fond of Legend of Zelda or is a long-time fan of Call of Duty or Little Big Planet, the amount of games that each console has to offer is still limited, but no longer are the days that the consoles are filled with launch titles – and that sets them both off to a great start.
Are there not enough games released on the consoles yet? Well, this could provide an opportunity to purchase a handheld, either a 3DS or a PS Vita. Although they are notorious for providing games with inferior graphics, handheld devices are great for people who are on-the-go or people who just find there to be more gamed that appeal to them that are for those systems. As an owner of both I can go as far as to say that I would miss either of them if one were to break, but the Nintendo 3DS seems to be the better pick for most. The keyword here is most. People who want the hardware that Sony provides or a selection of more mature, niche games should go grab a PS Vita. At first, the 3DS XL was an amazing piece of hardware like none other, but that soon faded as I sat through long waits to open up this application and that. Yeah, a New Nintendo 3DS is on its way, but with the Vita I have never had to wait extended periods of time to simply close an application. It takes as long as it takes me to swipe it closed. In regards to games, I probably own more 3DS games. The PS Vita has a nice selection, but games like Pokemon keep me coming back to using my 3DS. For the average consumer, I recommend the 3DS XL or, if possible, to wait for the New 3DS that fixes a lot of issues I already have with the 3DS. Now, for those who are willing to experience JRPGs, Visual Novels, and other genres that tend to stay in Japan for the 3DS, go buy a PS Vita. I have never once and never will regret either purchase, handhelds really brought it this generation.
Anyone who is torn between a Playstation 4 and a Wii U should wait it out. I remember my waiting to buy a 3DS until Pokemon X/Y were on there way – and that is just how many others are. Even if this is the time of the year where everyone is receiving or giving consoles, a console does little good if it is ignored. If neither of these look satisfying then check out the handhelds to see if they can help you wait it out. Also, for clarification, the Xbox One provides many franchises of its own, such as Halo, but is much more like the Playstation than the Wii U. I refuse to choose a winner between these two systems, but I will provide a list of pros and cons below.
Want a handheld gaming platform?
Do you like JRPGs? The PS Vita is the best for these, but the 3DS has some nice ones to offer.
Do you want to play online with friends? Get a 3DS, pal. Nobody I know owns a PS Vita, so 3DS and its Pokemon trading win.
Do you like niche Japanese games? Playstation Vita.
Want Mario/Legend of Zelda/Pokemon? This is a given: 3DS.
Do you like indie games or older Playstation games? Get a PS Vita and get some classics and indies then.
Do you mind a slower, but more supported device? Get a 3DS.
Simply put, the 3DS is most people's go-to handheld right now. Personally, the PS Vita beats it in almost every aspect except for the games that are available. I find that having both is the best option, but above is to help those who are choosing between the two. The Playstation Vita holds the very same quality, premium feel that the Playstation 4 provides, but with a mobile take. Being the successor of the ever-popular PSP, the PS Vita is more than what most people believe it to be. Then again, I never got a PSP because I wanted to play Pokemon.
Want to buy a Nintendo Wii U?
+ Tiny and portable
+ Nintendo franchises like Mario, Pokemon, and Legend of Zelda
+ More affordable
+ Remote play is self-contained, it only takes the gamepad
- Lacks more risque games
- Hardware is weak, the graphics on future games are going to be limited by this
- Has few main franchise games released, but many are in development
- Wii controllers and the gamepad are uncomfortable
Want to buy a Playstation 4?
+ Has games for all ages
+ More capable and has better graphics due to that
+ Sony franchises like Little Big Planet, The Last of Us, and the upcoming Bloodborne
+ Constant digital sales
+ Controller is more comfortable
+ Playstation + gives substantially more than what is paid in free games and discounts
- Larger console size, but is not substantially large for a current-gen console
- Remote Play takes a Playstation TV/PS Vita
- Paid online ($60 annually a year to play online)
What console or handheld do you prefer/have/want? What's your position on the Xbox One? Leave it down in the comments below to share with us here at Game Rampage.
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