Now the market is dominated jointly by Sony and Nintendo, who offer quite a range of handheld options. With all these options to choose from, it can be difficult to know which to go for. However, there are distinct things about each of the handhelds available on the market that can help make your decision a little easier.
Articles by: George Cando
Sony’s PSP first came to market several years back with the 1000 iteration. Since then it’s seen two updates, going through a 2000 model and now coming in the 3000 model. The original competed directly with the Nintendo DS – Nintendo’s touch-screen handheld gaming device
The PlayStation Vita is one of the newest handheld consoles on the market. It’s the spiritual successor to the PSP – Sony’s original handheld device that first saw the light of day back in 2005 and was designed to compete directly with Nintendo’s handheld console of that time – the DS
When it arrived on the scene several years ago, Nintendo’s Wii was the first in the current console generation and was the only console to offer motion control. The sheer innovation of the Wii lead to massive sales as people the world over wanted to get a taste of the Wii Sports video game that encouraged players to get off the sofa and on their feet as they gamed.
The PlayStation 3 is the third console from Sony, and has been around for several years now, with the sequel expected some time in 2013. However, Sony intend to support the PlayStation 3 alongside it’s successor well into 2015, meaning that games should still be coming to the console for some time to come
The Wii U is a brand new console only just released in the past month, and marks a new entry for Nintendo into the console market. It’s the first new console to arrive on the scene for over 5 years, but it doesn’t aim to completely outdo the current powerhouses that are the Xbox 360
In more recent years Nintendo have changed their portable console strategy a little, and have made a number of smaller upgrades to existing products, releasing them as brand new devices but none of them being a big step up over the previous version. The DSi XL is the latest in this range marking a small but noticeable step beyond the original DSi
The 3DS XL is intended to push this handheld technology into wider public acceptance. At its core, it’s the very same device as the original 3DS. However, the big difference, and big is the appropriate word here, is the screen size.
The Xbox 360 has been around for quite a few years now, but it’s still turning out top quality titles year after year. And with the next Xbox console not due for at least a couple of years from now, this is one of the best options available.
The Asus Transformer Prime was one of the earliest tablets to offer quad-core technology, which easily set it apart from its competitors. As with all technology, however, rivals were quick to catch up, meaning that the Asus Transformer Prime has to have something else special if it’s going to stand out from the crowd
Samsung has really tried hard to conquer the tablet market, doing everything it can to rival or outdo the iPad. While the Samsung Galaxy Tab, and more recently the Galaxy Tab 2 have been the flagship contenders for Samsung, a somewhat overlooked tablet also offered by Samsung is the Galaxy Note
Sony, the long-time stalwart of high-end technology devices, have their own tablet aimed at competing with other top-level tablets from Samsung, Asus, Toshiba and Apple. The SGPT111US/S, otherwise known as the “Tablet S”, offers typical Sony stylishness, but does it stand up to the competition in practical terms