PSP Go versus DSi XL, one of the great battles in the world of portable video game consoles is finally coming, to the happiness of all the users who love to play games while not in the house. While Nintendo are making their latest DS model bigger, Sony are making their PlayStation Portable incarnation smaller. Which one is the most desirable? Perhaps this is like comparing peas and carrots, but it could be fun. To get some idea of how each model has been resized in relation to its forerunners consider the following data: The Sony PSP go is 43% smaller than the original PSP. The Nintendo DSi XL is has two screens; 93% larger than Nintendo DS Lite. Which one is better though? Of course, both Sony and Nintendo have released these devices in parallel to their regular line of devices, meaning they are intended to give users extra choice rather than replace any of their existing devices, so we may not see these experiments hang around for long.
The DSi is great for sitting at a desk, and has a very good base that sticks nicely to the table so it won’t slide about. It’s also portable, and just a nice weight to hold. Similarly, the PSP was built to be small, light, and portable. It’s certainly a wieldier creature than its predecessor. The irony is that because the DSi is a clamshell design, its screens are protected, and it feels far safer to carry it around than the PSP, which usually demands a carry case for those of us who hate to see the screen getting scratched. So, for portability it’s hard to pick a clear winner, and depends on personal preference. If content to throw the PSP go in a pocket and hope for the best, then it does nudge ahead of the DSi.
The Nintendo DSi XL sports two 4.2” touch screens whereas the Sony PSP has a single 3.8-inch-wide screen. The DSi offers a much wider viewing angle than its predecessor, whereas the PSP is all about portability. Here the Nintendo DSi is a winner. Smaller is not always better. A gaming device just cries out for a larger screen, and games can be enjoyed much better and in a much more natural way.
Both devices say good bye to physical games. The DSi doesn’t support cartridges and the PSP go has gotten rid of UMDs. Both get their games off of WiFi and memory sticks. Plenty of video games to go around and easily switch among your favorites.
The DSi XL has its beautiful screens and of course it’s biggest feature is the touch screen that gives the player much more control than is possible with direction pads. For core games, there’s still the d-pad and buttons. The PSP on the other hand has always been a very serious gaming device and only has the controls. One big plus is the inclusion of an analogue stick, but Sony’s refusal to ever take any opportunity to add a second analogue stick is exasperating. It makes first person shooters unplayable on the PSP, which is a shame because they are overly common among the new releases. This puts the PSP in the uncomfortable position of being a hardcore gaming device that’s useless for the most hardcore of gaming genres. You can see the latest on Nintento portable consoles here: http://www.nintendo.com/3ds/
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Both devices have internet connectivity through WiFi, but good luck browsing the web on the PSP. The Nintendo DSi XL isn’t the greatest device for surfing the web, but it clearly trumps the PSP. Typing on the DSi XL using the touchscreen is fairly easy and browsing up and down a web page using the stylus is a breeze. The PSP on the other hand is not as smooth, navigation and typing with the direction pad is a much less attractive proposition.
Both devices are intended to support ebooks. The DSi has a design that makes books a more interesting proposition, though both devices will no doubt function very well.
Looking at the hardware it’s very hard to pick between them, but the DSi XL does have a few more things going for it. Without considering games, which is a big part of any decision, and going on hardware and functionality alone, it’s clear that bigger is better in this instance.