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Nintendo DS or Sony PSP

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9y, 2m agoPosted 9 years, 2 months ago
Looking to get a handheld console from somewhere, and it's between these 2.

Anybody able to tell me what the advantages and disadvantages of each of these are?

Mate told me that the DS was good for just picking up now and again for a game, and the PSP is just like a mini playstation. He also said the PSP has better graphics than the DS.

Anybody able to add to that and help me make a decision?

Thanks in advance
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9y, 2m agoPosted 9 years, 2 months ago
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#1
Is it just to play games? the PSP can do so much more.
#2
I bought a PSP initially, but then Nintendo released the DS Lite and I fell in love. These days I much prefer the DS as there's a constant stream of great original games whilst PSP seems to have dried up.

Other than watching a couple of videos on the train I've barely used my PSP in over 12 months, in fact I think it's in a bag at the back of the cupboard whilst my DS sits under the coffee table in my living room.
#3
Would be just to play games really. Have got an ipod video for music and videos
#4
I had the DS before trading it in for the PSP.

Out of the 2 I prefer the PSP for games, although I do miss Dr Kawasweemas Brain Game on the DS.

I think it really depends on the type of games you like, the DS is more younger related I think, the PSP is generally aimed at the more mature age group.
#5
If you can then try both. There are some excellent PSP titles but as I rarely commute I'd rather just play them on a home console. The battery life and clam shell design of the DS is also better suited to portability.
#6
And if your planning on going to Cuba, they dont allow any playstation branded equipment (no idea why)
#7
I currently have both sitting in my bag. It's a bit of a toughy to be honest. Both have some good games on them, with DS probably winning out on that in the long run.

Since I'm a sucker for a Mario game, I'd recommend the DS. Has some grand fun RPG/Strategy games on it, like Phoneix Wright Lawyer and Trauma Centre games.

However if its shoot em ups, footie games or racing games. Go for the PSP. It wins on the graphics by an absolute country mile
#8
If you like gta and burnout and pro evo get a psp - if you want pokemon and other things like that get a ds

Ive got a ds and yet i play my gba micro more hmmm but looking to get the new psp slim
#9
I had a DS lite last summer, but sold at christmas. Apart from NSMB which I loved - Most of the casual games like brain training, nintendogs dont appeal to me.

Mario Kart was fun, but online got annoying with people snaking (I can but its not fun), or people disconnecting. Some games like Kirby were good as well, and Zelda will be awesome.

Touch screen is good, but I didnt see any point in the 2 screens - It just annoying when playing games like Sonic where they use the 2 screens vertically in levels.

I plan on getting a PSP Slim soon - just saved up the money, waiting for the White to be released.
#10
The DS is much better for pick up and play games. As for the PSP, it has the games that I'd rather just play on a PC or PS2/3.
#11
XtremeDJW
The DS is much better for pick up and play games. As for the PSP, it has the games that I'd rather just play on a PC or PS2/3.


"LAIR" [PS3] will be the first title that offers Remote Play on a PSP console, meaning you can game away on a small screen whilst the rest of your family hog the TV to watch "CBeebies" or "EastEnders", or whatever.


My kids still play on their GameBoy Advance SP consoles, and each have their own DS Lites too. The range of titles for the Nintendo consoles are, in my opinion, aimed at, "chicks & kids"... something I overheard another customer say in a GAME Store last Christmas that amused me enough to quote it back.

I am a Sony fan, have been since the original PlayStation was out, been through a few PS2's (originals & slimlines) [in fact, current count is 4 slimlines], and my PS3 is my console of choice.

Going back to what was said above, if you like "pick up & put down" gaming, then the DS (Lite) is the one to go for. If you are a fan of fat Italian plumbers, or green crocodiles, or blue hedgehogs, or yellow Japanese "monsters" that don't fit in your pocket, or whatever, then of course Nintendo consoles are always going to be the one for you. If, however, you wanted to play (typically) more mature [read: adult, although being over 18 doesn't always guarantee maturity :)] titles, that are, as the name implies, Portable versions of PlayStation [2, or One] games, then the Sony handheld is going to be a winner.

Cost of games for each console are probably the same, give or take, £5 per title. And each console can play games from any region (UK/Europe, US/Canada, Japan/Australasia), so you can always source cheap[er] titles from elsewhere.

For instance, my kids had Pokemon Diamond about 4 months before it was out in the UK, and I have a "Snoopy vs. Red Baron" title for the PSP since last November, and it hasn't even got a release date in the UK yet. [It's a mature game... like how old is Snoopy now? At least 57... he remembers Woodstock at the very least! ;)].


Sony games tend to be for fans of cars, or guns, or cars & guns.
Nintendo games tend to be for fans of games or any variety.

The PSP can go online to the World Wide Web via a wireless connection "out of the box", if that interests you.
The NDS needs extra software.

Both support wireless gaming with another (one, or more) console(s).
Some PSP titles use "game sharing" where your gaming partner does not need a copy of the same game in order to multi-play with you, as you can "beam" sufficient data to their console without the need of a second disc.

PSPs can play Universal Media Disc (UMD) movies. Most are now down to £4.99 at places such as GameStation.
The NDS console can play GameBoy (Advance) Videos. These you may well have to import from the US from certain auction sites, unless you are lucky enough to find some pre-owned here at HotUKDeals [like I did just last week :)].


As an aside, my 'eldest' (who, coincidentally broke a hinge on an NDS console this evening ), is expecting Mr Claus to bring a PSP on Christmas morning. Already owning a PS2, the PSP is considered as a natural extension of this.

The original ("fat & heavy") PSP units are much heavier than the DS (Lite).
Nintendo do make consoles that last a long time... all except the hinges, apparently! The GameBoy Advance SP being particular robust.
I would think that dropping a PSP console from a relatively high point would do it a great deal of damage.

The NDS has a closing lid that protects the screens. The PSP screen is not protected & can be easily scratched.


(I think it probably best here if you ask specific questions, or else I may just type all night at this rate...!)

BFN,

fp.


Edited By: fanpages on Jul 25, 2012 00:37: Correct quote (due to changed site engine)
#12
MBeeching
...I've barely used my PSP in over 12 months, in fact I think it's in a bag at the back of the cupboard whilst my DS sits under the coffee table in my living room.


Thinking of selling it? :)



BFN,

fp.
#13
The Silver DS Lite is coming out in about a week - I may just pick one up (even though I want a PSP slim with M33 :))
#14
I would have to say DS - pick up and play games, touch screen really does allow for some ingenious games (Cooking Mama!!!!!) and is generally more fun IMO. However PSP has better graphics, BUT this is only on 3d games (such as FIFA) and i would challenge anybody to see that the DS's "cartoony" graphics cannot beat PSP on 2d games

You will never see games like trauma center or cooking mama on a psp, and they really are a whole lotta fun
#15
darkblueblood
Would be just to play games really. Have got an ipod video for music and videos


Videos is what the PSP does amazingly well.
4Gb memory card, and got 8 films on it on my hols :thumbsup:
Great quality and a big screen on it.

Games its great if you like the Playstation games.
If you like them, then you will like the PSP simple as.
#16
roundy07
...You will never see games like trauma center or cooking mama on a psp, and they really are a whole lotta fun


How about "Diner Dash" on the PSP?

No, not quite the same, but would you want something you can already play on a DS or a Wii?


...and it won't be long before the PSP 'homebrew' community has a DS emulator fully working :)

BFN,

fp.
#17
fanpages
...and it won't be long before the PSP 'homebrew' community has a DS emulator fully working :)

BFN,

fp.

You don't think the DS interface and dual screen format might prove slightly problematic on an emulator?
[mod]#18
Yep, can't see how anyone will be able to emulate a touch screen.
#19
Just 'Google' for "NDS EMULATOR PSP" & you'll see many groups working on their own implementations.

I think the most practical approach is turning the PSP end-up & splitting the screen into two, then using the analogue hub as a stylus on-screen.

There are already plenty of other emulators available on the PSP, not least, the integration with the PS3 for downloadable PS1 title support.

Of course, you could just go straight for a "GP2X Console [F200]" instead :)

BFN,

fp.
#20
fanpages
"LAIR" [PS3] will be the first title that offers Remote Play on a PSP console, meaning you can game away on a small screen whilst the rest of your family hog the TV to watch "CBeebies" or "EastEnders", or whatever....


However, "LAIR" isn't receiving very many good reviews:

For example, from GameSpy:

"On paper, Lair sounds like a brilliant and faultless stroke of genius, but somehow developer Factor 5 has managed to eviscerate the amazing concept of mounted all-out dragon warfare, stripping it of whatever potential fun it may have had. This happened in a variety of ways, but we want to focus on two that are not as subjective as the art direction or the ****** and all-too-frequent voiceovers, and those are the lousy motion controls and broken game design.

Drunken Dragon Driving

First off, Lair locks you into using the questionably quirky PS3 motion controls for no apparent reason -- it's not like the analog sticks are used for anything besides simple camera controls which are completely useless because your dragon can't really turn his head to shoot at things to the side of you anyway. This wouldn't be a horrible, fun-crippling flaw if they actually worked, but unfortunately there are a few key maneuvers that are nearly impossible to pull off with any degree of consistency.

Chief among these jerky motion controls is the swift upward motion required to turn your dragon around. When done properly, your dragon will execute an Immelman turn (a barrel roll while performing a vertical half loop) and turn around 180 degrees. You will likely only see this move once or twice though, because the motion-sensing controls simply can't discern between the motion of jerking the Sixaxis upwards and thrusting it forwards (the motion to get your dragon to surge forward very quickly). The result is that every time you want to try to turn around, you run the very likely risk that you will instead accelerate forward extremely rapidly, which is probably the exact opposite of what you wanted to do in the first place..."


...and so it mauls the game further.

Pity :(
#21
PS. Watch out for the announcement by Sony today regarding the PS3 entry level ("core") model & a price drop on the existing model. Plus the withdrawal of the current "value pack" offers.


I think Sony will be aiming for the Christmas market, trying to attract people away from the similarly priced Xbox 360 Elite (although this has a larger hard drive).

The (new) PS3 will be the cheapest you will find a Blu-ray player, & they will be pushing this movie format heavily in the next few months.

Also look out for possible PS3 bundles with the "Spider-man 3" Blu-ray disc.

BFN,

fp.
#22
By my reckoning Blu-Ray (and HD-DVD) is dead in the water. The public simply doesn't give a 1234. The whole movie media attachment is almost as irrelevant as UMD discs.
banned#23
MBeeching
By my reckoning Blu-Ray (and HD-DVD) is dead in the water. The public simply doesn't give a 1234. The whole movie media attachment is almost as irrelevant as UMD discs.


I wont trade in my betamax for one then:thumbsup:
#24
Prissymiss
I wont trade in my betamax for one then:thumbsup:


Cool, I've got a groupie following me :thumbsup:
banned#25
MBeeching
Cool, I've got a groupie following me :thumbsup:


I'm off out again now though, get the t-shirt printed up:giggle: Laters.
#26
MBeeching
By my reckoning Blu-Ray (and HD-DVD) is dead in the water. The public simply doesn't give a 1234. The whole movie media attachment is almost as irrelevant as UMD discs.


As slow a take-up as Laser Discs (that are still popular in Japan), and CDs, yes,

HD-DVD is going to lose in the long-run I think.

Sony will push the Blu-ray format this Christmas, and then probably announce the death of the existing DVD format by the end of next year (even though it is not their's to dismiss).

Without the Blu-ray disc capacity the PS3 game titles would suffer, but yes, I agree with you, my eyes are only "lo-def" & not getting any better, and I still have a CRT TV, so the new format is wasted on me too.
#27
Thing is, I love HD formats. I'm an avid collector of SACD and DVD-A audio discs but as yet I haven't bothered with Blu-Ray or HD-DVD. If i've not yet been pursuaded to get one, then I dread to think how obscure they are to the general public :)

I had a hard enough time convincing people that DVDs were superior to VHS back in the day!
#28
MBeeching
Thing is, I love HD formats. I'm an avid collector of SACD and DVD-A audio discs but as yet I haven't bothered with Blu-Ray or HD-DVD. If i've not yet been pursuaded to get one, then I dread to think how obscure they are to the general public :)

I had a hard enough time convincing people that DVDs were superior to VHS back in the day!



I took some time to be convinced that DVDs were 'better'.

I think this was probably because I had spent so much time, effort and, not least, money collecting everything on VHS.

I have a few DVDs now (but nowhere near as much as I do on VHS), and only one Blu-ray title (the freebie "Casino Royale" for registering my PS3). Most of my DVDs are still sealed when received as presents from a few Christmas ago to "present" [pun, not intended].

I quite fancy the new "Spider-man 3" Blu-ray set; "The High Definition Trilogy", and will probably source "Swordfish" & "Enter The Dragon" on Blu-ray, but I rarely get the chance to watch movies anyway [as my kids, or my partner, has the TV for gaming or 'EastEnders', or whatever, so it would just be for the sake of it more than anything else.

I may just try watching "Casino Royale" from my PS3 via Remote Play to my PSP this weekend just to see how it looks, but with the screen size reduction, I may as well be watching a regular DVD (or even a VHS tape)! :)

BFN,

fp.
#29
Blu-Ray will take off, but not any time soon.

Once it becomes affordable (as players and media) then it should get in the mainstream - but it will be a slow process.

HD-DVD is losing and HD Downloads is way too far off - most people dont even have speeds over 2mb - and even then it is throttled or has some stupid download limit.

I dont even think places like currys even sell CRT TVs any more. It only takes a couple of sales rep to say "this gives you best picture quality" - as my uncle found out when he got his 1080p Sony, but is stuck watching his DVDs via scart/composite and Sky (not even Sky plus).
#30
gd_miester
Blu-Ray will take off, but not any time soon.

Once it becomes affordable (as players and media) then it should get in the mainstream - but it will be a slow process.

HD-DVD is losing and HD Downloads is way too far off - most people dont even have speeds over 2mb - and even then it is throttled or has some stupid download limit.

I dont even think places like currys even sell CRT TVs any more. It only takes a couple of sales rep to say "this gives you best picture quality" - as my uncle found out when he got his 1080p Sony, but is stuck watching his DVDs via scart/composite and Sky (not even Sky plus).


:)

You gotta love D-D-D-ixons staff; PC World, Currys.digital, The Link, etc.

They stopped selling VCR recorders/players some time ago, so I expect CRT TVs will be next (if they've not stopped them already).

In fact, it would surprise me if they don't turn into a "catalogue" based store soon (like Argos) where you just go in & select the goods from their internet site & collect there & then.

Most people just go to Currys.digital to check out physical items & then come home & look for the best deals here at HotUKDeals anyway, don't they?

Or is that just me? :)

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