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Nintendo 3DS Vs PS Vita: Sony has won the sales battle already

After the official unveiling of the Sony PlayStation Vita at E3 2011, many of you are probably wondering which handheld system to pick up. On one hand, the 3DS has full 3D support, but as we’ve just learned the Sony PS Vita will have region free support amongst other things.

News is now slowly starting to trickle out about the fact that the Vita is region-free supported, and let’s face it – it’s a huge advantage that Sony now has in their possession. The Nintendo 3DS does not have region-free support, meaning that it will not support any games or media bought from regions different to the one you bought your system from, either Europe, US, Japan or Australia.

We can imagine that this is is pretty frustrating for Nintendo 3DS owners, especially since the original Nintendo 3DS was region-free. As an old-timer gamer myself, I always thought importing games from different regions was a great way to try out unique titles, it was fun to do on the PSP and I’m sure it will be just the same on the Vita.

Some of you may feel like this is a minor omission from Nintendo, but ask any hardcore gamer and they’ll tell you that the first feature needed on a handheld, never mind a next-gen handheld is region-free support. With this in mind, you can only worry that it will affect Nintendo’s overall 3DS sales, while Sony racks up the dollars from gamers who are buying Vita titles from all over the place.

If you currently own a Nintendo 3DS or you’re planning to get one, let us know your thoughts on the lack of region-free software support on the handheld. Do you consider it a major disadvantage compared to the PS Vita or not?

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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Waynelang2001
Waynelang2001

the VW beetle was the best selling car of all time……..which would you rather have, a VW beetle or a Ferrari???

Micah
Micah

I’m a girl. I think I’ll choose 3DS. I don’t care if Vita has better graphics and most of the PSP games are hardcore.
3ds will sell more. Whether we like it or not.

Micah
Micah

I’m a girl. I think I’ll choose 3DS. I don’t care if Vita has better graphics and most of the PSP games are hardcore.
3ds will sell more. Whether we like it or not.

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Anonymous

Sorry, but this is no disadvantage at all, If I buy it in europe, I’ll be buying the games from the store that is closest to my apartment lol! not going to Japan to pick up a game that I won’t even understand lol anyhow, PS Vita is a good graphical platform, but the thing that Sony will never learn is… you went out with the PSP (better graphics than DS) and who got the best salerate? Do you think seriously you can attract people with Little Big Planet & some racing games? – the only game that might be… Read more »

Andre Rosas Carrico

And here I was thinking a console needs games rather than region free feature. The 3Ds will for sure have a lot more games on it that Vita, Vita will be a lot more expensive to make games on and looking at the release schedule this year, the 3DS could very well win this holiday no problem. Vita doesn’t have Mario, Mario Kart, Kirby, Zelda which are massive system movers. If they lose Monster Hunter Supportin JPN, they will be in deep trouble. Also note that the 3DS has had a better start than the DS and the games are… Read more »

Tanto

theres 0 chance the vita in the end will sell more

Haakon r j
Haakon r j

and now the ps vita maybe be the same as a wiiu controler wow!!!!! 5 years of planning ruined nitendo. wiiu has only its controler andhardcore graphic and that type of power do not fit zelda or mArio.
the psvita will come just 2-6 weaks after my byrthday 🙂 go sony

slammr28
slammr28

3DS is fun, but PS Vita will be Hardcore!!! 🙂

Ro Akira
Ro Akira

It is a major disadvantage for any hardcore gamer that likes all kinds of games, but most hardcore gamers would never own a 3DS in the first place. A lot of people bought the 3DS for the 3D… fools… it just ain’t worth it. I own a 3DS and a PSP and I struggle to tell the difference in graphical abilities between them. In Japan the 3DS is already being outsold by the PSP despite around a six-year age gap between them… You could blame the launch titles or the region lock or both, but the main problem is that… Read more »

Yousif Elshaikh

As a US sports fan in the UK, it’s great to know that if I were to get the Vita, I would be able to get such titles as MLB The Show and NCAA Football if they were to be released. Nice job Sony!

Jesse kozar
Jesse kozar

I don’t think it is a disadvantage.. for myself anyway. More a slight advantage at best. I will still pick up the vita. I wouldn’t even take a 3ds over a PSP3000 

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