I have both 3DS XL and PS Vita (actually I have PSP and 3DS too), there are many people who want to buy one of this portable gaming and here is my comparison about these two portable game players. (Sorry for my english, I am not a english native speaker, but I hope my article could be useful for anyone who is buying one of these).
In term of price, there are quite difference, while PlayStation Vita comes with a price around $236 + memory stick (4 GB for $16), or I could say PS Vita starting price is around $ 250, Nintendo 3DS XL starts from around $190 something (Amazon limited time price, click here for the detail), one thing that bothers me is while I have to buy a memory card for my PS Vita, it should be included in my pack like 3DS XL ! But price isn’t everything, with around $50 difference, here comes performance comparison.
PS Vita offers many apps for daily use such as Youtube, Netflix (I’ve noticed that Netflix on Vita is faster than Netflix on 3DS but you can use Netflix for wifi only not for 3G), Facebook, Twitter, Video Chat across Vita, Skype (this feature is very useful to me) and web browser of Vita is faster than 3DS XL, but it is still not good enough to use as a portable tablet (or I could say if you want to buy a portable tablet that allows you to play games, Vita may not reached your expectation for web browser and video but if you want to buy a portable game player that you could use web browser once in a while, Vita is acceptable). While 3DS offers Netflix that is super slow on 3DS XL !, SwapNote that I don’t know why I want to use them, 3D camera that I have not use because of its super low resolution ! (Playstation Vita camera resolution is better than 3DS XL, but not as good as a regular mobile phone), seriously beside of gaming, 3DS XL is use less ! but gaming is also the best part of 3DS XL !
For gaming, Sony just has released their latest firmware to PS Vita that allows you to play PSOne classic on PS Vita, I purchased so many PSOne games last week if you love to play vintage video games such as Resident Evil series, Parasite Eve series, or Final Fantasy series, I believe you will have a great time with PS Vita PSOne classic support, while with PS Vita games, I have to say beside of Uncharted for Vita, Disgaea 3 that is a PS2 port, and Metal Gear Solid HD (that I think it is better to play with 3DS XL), PS Vita games as not as much as fun as 3DS games, Resistance Burning Skies sucks, Mortal Kombat is acceptable but I think PS3 version is way much better ….
But they will be more games release the end of this year including Call of Duty: Black Ops (December 31, 2012, click here to see the full detail @ Amazon) that allows you to play multiplayer shooting with your friends, on the go !, and also Assassin’s Creed III Liberation (at the end of October, 2012 click here to see the full detail) and Persona 4 Golden that comes with full graphic ! And it is not yet released on PSN (I think it is PS2 game), or I could say there are so many AAA games will be released in a very near future and also PS 1 games.
While for 3DS, there are so many games available at the moment and more to come, I have played Mario 3D Land, Mario Cart, Mario Tennis, Resident Evil : Revelations (the must play game on 3DS XL), Cooking Mama, Nintendogs + cats, Harvest Moon, Mario Bros 2 … (click here for the full list of 3DS XL games @ Amazon) or I can say if you are a big fan of Mario, there are so many 3D Mario games for you and they are fun and relax, and there are many to come such as Pokemon Black and White, and you can also buy a vintage games from Nintendo e-shop, I bought Mario Bros, Mario Land 1 and 2, TwinBees, Zelda, if you are a big fan of super old vintage video games, 3DS XL screen brings these video games to life ! unlike its predecessor tiny screen, 3DS XL screen is better !
As you can see, both of these portable game players have different approaches, while PS Vita focuses on a hardcore and graphic, 3DS XL concentrates on fun, relax and cute games, I don’t think you may need to consider about their hardware specifications much since both game players run their own games superbly, the only thin you have to ask yourself before buy one of these game players is, what kind of game do you like or you can do a full list of game you will purchase first, then go with that PGP.