The Vita VS Android/iOS – What should you get for gaming?


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53 Responses

  1. fidosy

    I think when there is a head to head tuff comparison like this “Power” is a major decider too

    • Chdonga

      You can’t really debate power when comparing operating systems. A 1st gen Droid won’t hold a candle to the Vita but the latest Samsung smartphone blows the Vita out of the water.

      • Natalie

        In terms of Hardware, I’d agree, but try and run anything close to a vita game on a Samsung and the OS just isn’t optimized enough, It’ll choke on the game and not play.
        Handheld consoles work because the games only need to be played on that one hardware configuration.

        • Gamr13

          Not true, I’ve seen plenty of games that look as good as a PS Vita game on my Android devices, heck, even my Samsung Galaxy S4 mini (and S3 mini) were able to play a game whilst looking like – if not better than a PS Vita game. And now that I have a Samsung Galaxy S4 phone, with a 1080p display, games like Real Racing 3, and both Dead Trigger games look – in my opinion, better than what the PS Vita could produce graphically, etc.

          • Natalie

            But they aren’t on the same level as Vita games lol. heck, an iPhone 3G can play a real racing games lol Why do you think the PPSSPP emulator chokes on PSP games but would somehow manage to run an equivalent of a Vita game? It just wouldn’t

          • hmm

            Looks like a vita game and being graphically the same as a vita game is 2 different things. Example look how restricted you are with android games like real racing and other games.
            Real Racing 2 apparently looks good on phones but would it be even classed as a full game on a Vita? no. It just lacks.
            Btw i used to own a Galaxy S4 and its poor for gaming, even clash of clans was not buttery smooth until i switched to Redmi Note 3 Pro

          • Gamr13

            They certainly are on the same level as Vita games, as stated in my previous post, graphically. The iPhone 3G cannot play Real Racing 3, the previous games in the series, sure, like Real Racing GTI etc. PPSSPP runs perfectly on my devices with no stuttering and choking on any of the games I play, such being Little Big Planet, Kingdom Hearts: BBS, Gran Turismo, and more, now, you’re going into emulation here which I will disregard because that is not my point and is unrelated to anything I have mentioned. I’m talking native games, which absolutely destroy the PS Vita.

          • nraudigy2

            They look better because of 1080p screen. Most mobile games are designed for touchscreen and have short gameplay. I just prefer playing on Vita, where the games actually tailored to multiple buttons and dual analog sticks.

  2. Chdonga

    I am one of the six people in the world who owns an Nvidia Shield Portable and I don’t regret that purchase. It did things that the Vita can only do through homebrew.

    I’m leaning towards AndroidOS simply because it has a working N64 emulator.

  3. Stranno

    You will get some games with years of development and thousands, if not millions, of dollars of budget.

    Instead of millions of Unity games with hours of development and thousands of ads.

    You will never get a proper -new- Uncharted or Killzone. Instead you will get a crappy mid-west game called Unhearthed and a really good but very limited Gameloft game called Modern Warfare that that looks far better in Windows 10 UWP.

  4. altemecya

    almost no native games on android that I attracted to, most of them either repetitif, boring or need you to be online to play. I only use my android for its large collection of emulator.

  5. lio

    Vita is supperior in gaming experience. The biggest issue for Android is freemion and advertising with a lot trash software or games.

  6. subhaGamer

    This is from my point of view:
    Graphics of android games are better than vita
    Multiplayer gaming in android is more better as it even supports local WiFi/BT gaming to play with nearby friends.
    Some games in android are indeed targeted for gamers…say Bully for example
    Memory cards of android are cheaper
    Emulators on android are easy to get while on vita it is not(for 3.63,3.61 users,it is harder)

    • Natalie

      That’s not really true at all.. Developers have gotten stupidly good at faking graphics on mobile games. Take Infinity blade for example. During a fight, there is really only 2 models going on. You, the player, and the enemy, the ground and scenery are a flat image wrapped around a dome. It looks REALLY nice but it’s a fake. The Vita can actually create 3D worlds on a similar level and still be able to move around in the space.
      Mobile phones can in reality are only capable of true 3D graphics of that in the GTA SA game released not too long ago.
      I agree with everything else tho. Damn Vita memory cards were what cut of it’s legs lol

      • Gamr13

        In the eyes of the player, this is very true. How does one “fake graphics” graphics are graphics, you just cannot fake them. Console games are also very guilty of performing the same tricks, this is not in any way at all limited to mobile games. It’s not fake, it’s a trick on the eyes and mind, console does it too. Mobile devices can also create 3-D worlds too, and better than the PS Vita as demonstrated by Black Ops: Zombies for Android and iOS, and Minecraft: Pocket Edition being infinitely better than Minecraft on the PS Vita.

  7. lol

    Is there any handheld around yet which can beat psp ?
    we are all stuck to the vita because of its oldbrother
    i myself love it dont know or care about others

    • Orange Peel

      The PSP for me is the best handheld still out there for me, got thousands of games on my PSP and PSP’s are cheap to buy.

      • nraudigy2

        PS Vita is best because it can play PSP games also. Emulators are flocking in to Vita.. Dual analog sticks for games are much better than touchscreen games on phones.

  8. AC

    Could always make your own handheld, I’m working on a ortanle steam machine.

  9. Salar

    I love my vita , i just love it so simply , but i really want to see some androids on it 😀 i use my vita for gaming and i have an old smartphone just for phone and texting , i mostly play on the go with my vita because of PSP and PSVita games and Touch screen support , music videos , music , etc etc , but the pricy memory cards is not an availble option to anyone , most people can offer it but its too much for this kind of device , i hope that we can some how manage any kind of available social media on it , like instagram or telegram or viber or anything like that , even skype that was available got removed

  10. nebu_187

    i dont care about social media i trew away my acount of facebook, just garbage who needs friends anyway hahaha.
    Seriously to me there is no comparison possible, I just want dedicated devices like 3ds psp and vita to game REAL games on.
    Mobile gaming is just not my thing i actualy think its a new generation thing.

    • hmm

      socialization has become pathetic, i refuse to use facebook these days due to how they use your data and I get classed as having no friends……so people did not have friends before facebook was invented? lol
      Why must everyone have everything in 1 device, I am happy taking my phone and my Vita with me. All problems solved.

  11. Paolo

    if i had to buy a new portable console, now i would buy the gpd win

  12. yao

    I am pretty nearly the same view that article except that for number 2, you have forgotten that the ps vita can launched skype

  13. TehCupcakes

    Not a bad article, but point 4 negates itself. You say “PSN is currently inaccessible”, which is misleading. It’s only inaccessible if you plan on hacking the system. And if you plan on hacking the system, the “monetary commitment” is kind of optional…

    Also, in point 5, it should be noted that iOS is substantial harder/worse to run emulators on than Android because they are not allowed on the official store. You either have to use a web-based emulator (which often sucks) or jailbreak your device. Installing HENkaku is easier than jailbreaking an iOS device, so I would say the ease of use is: Android -> Vita -> iOS

  14. Laci

    This topic coming 2 years late? 🙂 Vita is good, but games is craps, *** and indie games. I buy Vita 1 year and i have no games to play:-) On classic psp is besser games… 🙂
    Android games is just freemium, buyin to playin 🙂

  15. blah

    Actual buttons, and less battery draining cruft on the OS? There’s no comparison.

    Honestly, I download one or two phone games a year to check out, but then I just never end up playing them because they inevitably want me to buy something, lock things behind a treadmill, want me to ‘socialize’ and share things.. So I just play phone games any more, ever.