iPhone 4S vs. Playstation Vita (comparison)

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58 Comments to iPhone 4S vs. Playstation Vita (comparison)

  1. Anonymous

    none of ios game can beat the vita,this ariticle just stupid,gaming console vs smart phone and the comparison just tell about camera,display etc.
    why dont u write about texting and phone call?
    u just looking from the smartphone aspect not ciparison in gaming xperience,thats why i call u applle stuid fanboy

  2. I remember when I got the Game Boy Color in the late 90s, so excited. Then in 2005 I got the DS, it was the first time I got something so soon after it was released. I played with that thing til 2007 when I got an iPod Nano…I could never afford $30 games. I returned to my DS in 2010 when my nano 3 gen broke. I used it until I could save enough for the iPod Touch which I bought in 2011. I don’t even know where I put my DS anymore…

    I like the portability and affordability of the games. I’m casual. I used to want a PSP well before the iPod Touch but ever since those came out, it was a no brainer.

  3. I am no expert, but I don’t lack sense.. No Game on the app market can beat a game on the vita. You think you will be able to enjoy all 30 games b4 more games are launched? Senseless.. Bonkers i say

  4. It’s amazing that in this days we can compare a mobile phone to a dedicated gameing console! That alone is a victory for mobile gaming I think. Now let’s start having more AAA games instead of the 99% casual crap!

  5. Captain Obvious

    The fact that a Phone beat the vita in any category dealing with gaming says something about how great the vita is…. Not that great. My biggest thing is having internal memory and no expensive, ridiculous, outdated, as well as easy to lose, have stolen, break, get wet, and have virtually no warranty memory cards. PS3 came with a HDD that could be upgraded later on when storage technology became more advanced. If Sony would have followed that model and included internal storage with an option to upgrade with a memory card I would get a vita. I got tired of memory cards when the PS2 was around. Sure the PS3 isn’t a mobile console so it’s hard to make any comparison but that’s not what I’m doing. I’m comparing the philosophy of Internal memory as a selling point. Sony can keep their memory cards and vita and I’ll get an iphone for when I’m out and about. I don’t do mobile gaming anyway because of how Sony thinks of mobile devices. If anything at Home should be the place for any type of removable storage because you have more space. When I’m out and about I only have a couple pockets… Wallet, phone, cigarettes one pocket left and a ps vita isn’t taking that spot.

  6. Retarded comparison

    What the?

    If this test really is about gaming, and not about comparing what product is most HYPED and overrated.

    The iPhone 4S should not be compared to a unit like the Vita, not like this.

    Its amuzing to read your final statement that the iPhone wins. Really had a laugh on that one, thanks for some good comic reading.

  7. The battery review is a bit iffy for gaming. Infinity blade burns through battery fast. So far from what I’ve experience for gaming the battery life is nearly the same.

  8. I’ve had my 1st Gen iPod Touch since the day it launched (2007). To this day, I still can’t get used to its shitty gaming touchscreen controls. I’ve tried and tried to get used to it. Doom 3, GTA, FPS, retro games. Nope. Yeah, they’re cheap but the controls are shit and they crash often (and who the hell enjoys playing games like Dead Space or GTA with your thumbs eating up a portion of the screen anyway?). I like mobile gaming a lot but it’s frustrating when trying to play bad ass games on a damn phone/media device. It just can’t cut it. I tested out a PS Vita and liked it a lot. BIG fucking difference. It felt like I was playing on an xbox or PS3 controller and the games look impressive for a portable. Sure, iPhones and the iTouch are good for texting, casual game apps, internet on the go, etc. but it falls flat on its face when it tries to pull it off with FPS, 3rd person, and even retro arcade ports for that matter.

  9. why are all the media trying to brainwash ppl that vita  sucks.i tried vita and its the dream machine that i already preorder.this is a guy who loves apple but vita is bought only for one reason that is gaming.compare to 3ds not iphonr u retard

  10. iphone is never gonna win in terms of gaming thats the fact
    but it was compared to iphone because people are gadgets freak right now
    not gaming freaks

  11. A concerned citizen

    Yeah, the sheer number of app games for the iphone most of the time aren’t even worth the 99 cents. As for the Vita games where we are paying 40 dollars worth which for the most part are easily worth that price really throws the games reading in the long run on the Vitas side in terms of value & with that I am convinced that it is the better option. Plus there’s buttons & analogue sticks & touch screen options so that also really spikes the pick up & play value for a ton of people (even though I REALLY wish they’d make the UI workable with buttons like the PSP since it never had touch options which sorta deters the name a bit to me)

  12. this is garbage considering how you fail to see tht they r very different devices. how the fuck is an iPhone’s games better than a device MADE for gaming. i can see how u wud say tht the storage  is better but its stupid to say tht the games r better. ps vita will fuck up the iphone bad.

  13. I think you are ALL looking at it the wrong way.

    I know it’s hard to pull away from the fact that
    it is slated as a gaming device w/ 3G phone capability.
      But the Vita might be much more, and do more,
    than sport those ridiculous games.  Sony has been
    compatible with Lego NXT Mindstorm robotics, If that should
    become available with Vita, throw in some cable company-
    intelligent home technology, maybe some voice recognition
    software..next thing you know, I’ll be watering my plants at home
    using bluetooth voice commands as I drive down the freeway,
     I can think of quite a bit more than just watering plants, 
    give me a year with that little vita, and I’ll be using NXT for
    some serious home automation.  It’s coming peoples,
    you really need to look at the bigger picture. 
    think of the possibilities, forget the games, that’s what
    playstation3’s and bravia xbr-hx929’s are for.

  14. Stupid Article

    Wow, I don’t even ………………this is like comparing a coffee warmer to a frying pan and which one cooks eggs better 

  15. No offense dude but you have no idea what your talking about

    Only the top 1 percent of IOS devs make 50 percent of the profit. That leaves alot of devs making nothing.

    The ios wouldnt beat the original Gameboy in terms of quality of games

    Infinite blade 2> are you kidding me? The game is a flaming piece of crap

  16. The irony of the camera comparison is that the iphone 4s is using a built in sony camera.  Secondly, I think this comparison is a bit ridiculous since the camera aspect should make up a smaller portion of the score, while the control aspect should make up more of the score , since the main comparison between the two comes down to gaming.

    I understand the iphone has a larger amount of games, however, most are casual games not meant for long play times.  Any dedicated gamer would choose the vita on the controls alone, as well as the fact it’s a dedicated system primarily for gaming.

    If anything, the iphone can take the win for overall functionality sake, but the vita should clearly win for the gaming aspect due to future 1st and 3rd party games and PS1 classics.  If your not comparing the 2 based on gaming, this is a comparison that should never have happened in the first place.  

  17. once the 
    next-generation dual-core 2.0 GHz Exynos 5250 or the 
    quad-core 1.5 GHz Exynos 4412  devices come out im afraid the vita and iphone 4s will be worth less

    • Is that quad core processor going to cancel out the fact the vita is a dedicated gaming system with core games or the fact it has physical controls? What’s a faster processor going to do for ycou if there isn’t games to or physical controls to take advantage of it.  

      A lot of people don’t seem to realize the reason sony went with a arm A9 processor is that casual game developers will be familiar using it for iOS games, hence easier ports to the vita should they choose to port their game.

  18. Yes, you should change the score, As Sony are bundling the memory cards now, AND the iPhone/iPod touch have YEARS of extra dev tine. Sony computer entertaiment arent a mobile phone company, thats what ever sony call their phone devision after Erricson left, GAME in the UK are selling budles with memory cards as well. So yeah, you really need to chill out on the game side of things for now, and the bundles are coming with memory cards.

  19. I never had high hopes for a ‘console’ like the Vita, and that is simply because a phone can do all the same things and more, just because it’s a phone. There will always be more users and therefore more money in developing for it. Even the original PSP didn’t have much for games and that came around before the advent of Smartphones. Portable games are rarely 10 hour games, what is the real point in that if you can get a better 10 hour experience with an actual home console. The iPhone or any other phone hits the mark by supplying quick and mobile games while also retaining a small collection of longer games and multiplayer support, which is all you really need on the go. Nintendo’s hand helds are a perfect example of what it should be (Well not the new one, older ones.)

    • But people i.e gamers want to be able to play a dedicated handheld on the go, sure you have an iPhone but that’s primarily meant for making calls, texting. Its not foremost a gaming device. Not everyone wants to play a 2-3 minute game using only a touch screen. 

      Also forget the comparison for a moment, I know iDevices have far more games but android devices are way more powerful and would blow the iPhone out of water with their specs. Nexus anyone.

  20. This is a joke right?
    A phone will never be better than a handheld system. Having only touch screen controls is an instant fail.
    What’s with all this retards thinking cell phone are better for gaming? Please just shut the F up, because you’re clearly not gamers.
    What’s next, a Prius is better than a ZR1 Corvette?

  21. Wow, how dumb is that…not a single real gamer in the world can believe your stupid comparison….with only one game, at launch, vita is killing the phone, and it’s not a surprise.

    by the way “ecause it comes storage to begin with and doesn’t attempt to cheat buyers out of more money for required data storage. ”   : you just forget that you have to pay (huge$$$) for your ridiculous 16, or 32 go…..dumb logic to choose 700+0£ for memory card, over 250 + 30$, or more, for larger than the biggest iphone.

  22. Somehow, in the “Games” section, you neglected to consider that the Vita can play hundreds of downloadable PSP games. That makes a big difference!

    • That’s an excellent point, one that will be added in. However, the list of PSP titles is, sadly, pretty sparse (as a PSP owner I’ve always been disappointed with the selection). But you’re right, it does make a big difference.

      • This is the dumbest thing you said.

        The psp has the second biggest and greatest library of games this gen.

        I am finding things every week to buy

        new suikoden, new shining

        those 2 games alone are better than 1000 ios games and have more depth

      • Rather sparse?!!!!!  Compared with the PS2 or PS3 maybe, but it kicks the iPhone’s selection out of the water on any measure except quantity – and on that measure, the Wii won this home console generation’s gaming library, and only someone who’s borderline insane could argue that.

        There ain’t a game on iPhone like Valkyria Chronicles 2, or Resistance Retribution, or GT:Mobile… and so on.  Head on over to metacritic, and the best game on iPhone is World of Goo!  Which is an awesome game, but is hardly an example you’d use to suggest the selection on PSP is lacking).

        On the by, I’m not just backing the PSP/PSV here – same goes for DS/3DS. It’s a different gaming ecosystem.  Sure, there are crossovers, but the scale of the average experience on mobile is far less than on dedicated handheld.

  23. Mfid1234567

    i think vita should have won because of the games, you gave the point to iPhone 4s, maybe they have heaps of apps in the app store, but that is all it has, apps, you cannot compair the 10 hours of gaming for a couple of games that last 2-3 minutes, OK so just say you buy uncharted, well that offers you 10 hours of gaming, and if you buy angry birds, you usallly play for 10 minutes, then get board and never play it again, so you would need 60 apps that cost money, to get 10 hours of gaming out of your iPhone, so that would at least cost 70-100 dollars, which cost more than uncharted golden abyss, which is the most expensive PS vita game out, so you would pay more, by playing 10 hours of apps on the iPhone than on a PS vita. so ps vita would win.

    • That’s a fair point, but the iPhone has games that aren’t just 5-10 minute experiences. Games like Dead Space, GTA3, Infinity Blade, Rage, Real Racing, NOVA…those are just a few. The vast majority may be those simple, “mobile” games, and that may be 99% of iPhone games…but 99% of over 100,000 games means that there are 1,000 full-fledged games.

      Plus, sometimes those simple board or card games are better, depending on the situation. The iPhone offers it, and it’ll take some time before the Vita does, if ever. And then we’ll have to see if the pricing on, say, Scrabble, is competitive.

      • you have no point dude

        Dead Space – shit

         GTA3 – worst port of the game and considered broken

         Infinity Blade – shit

        Rage – shit

        get the patter? 1000 full fledged games that are shit and broken and not even worth buying for 2 dollars

        • ClaudieX X

          you’ve never played a game on iphone 4 or 4s, if you did that, you would not talk that way…

        • infinity blade and ib2 are awesome. i have both vita and an iphone4. the best exclusive games for iPhone are (IMO) HORN, and infity blade 1 and 2…lol now that i think of it those are the only quality ones i can think of…besides those “time wasters”. I’m sure the IOS market will be playing catch up for most of the time. there are games that can pass for being games but i dont imagine it will ever match the quality of a dedicated machine in terms of gameplay and focus. touch screen is awesome but in conjuction with buttons its much better.

      • Infinity Blade 2 isn’t bad, but it’s a step down from God of War on PSP.  If the _best_ the iPhone has doesn’t quite match up to the best of the PSV’s predecessor (noting, which you didn’t, that the PSV can play the PSP’s digitally available back-catalogue – something of a large omission there – as well as I think downloadable PSOne games, although that’s possible yet to be confirmed), then arguing that the games library on iPhone trumps Vita is ridiculous.  I’m getting into mobile development, and doing some research into it at the moment, and there are multiple Vita launch games that trump the best the iPhone has to offer.

        The issue here is that a ‘high end’ iPhone game would struggle to be stand out in the PSP’s or even the Vita’s line-up (there’s nothing within kicking distance of Uncharted:GA or Wipeout, and as far as I can see nothing close to Unit 13 either).  The kind of people Sony’s pitching the Vita at don’t want to play 1000 shallow, unpolished cheap efforts and a few solid, average ones. They want quality interactive experiences that benefit from the latest developments in game design.  Even the best games on the iPhone are pretty derivative, or ports (and often bad ones) from other systems.  The Vita, on the other hand, will _launch_ with more quality IP than I can name on the iPhone.Another point you completely ignored was the capacity for online gaming on Vita – Wipeout will not only be playable online, but cross-platform.  I’m not sure how many iPhone racers can do that.  OK, I am ;).Also, when talking about the camera, you forgot to mention the 120fps – the Vita’s camera isn’t meant to replace your point-and-click, it’s meant to do AR.  The iPhone, on the other hand, might not be any good at AR (I’m unaware of any convincing applications) but is great for casual photography.

  24. Dogstarman1974

    Why are you comparing a phone with the Vita?  The vita isn’t a camera phone or a smart phone, it is a gaming device and should be thought of in that context.  If you want to play angry birds then get the iphone.  If you want to play uncharted or first person shooters with 2 analog sticks and touch controls get the vita. 

    Most people want one or the other.  While I have an Iphone, I am also getting a vita because I enjoy playing real video games on a real video gaming platform.

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