PS Vita vs Nintendo 3DS vs iPhone 4S: Specs Showdown
PS Vita vs Nintendo 3DS vs Nintendo 3DS XL Vs iPhone 4S: Specs Compared
We compare the PS Vita, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL and iPhone 4S to see who wins the spec shootout on processor speed, graphics, battery life and screen size
In the run up to Nintendo 3DS XL launch, we’ve been checking out everything you need to know about the console.
Here, we’ve stacked up the Nintendo 3DS XL specs against its two main competitors; the PS Vita and the iPhone 4S – as well as it’s predecessor, the Nintendo 3DS XL.
While all four consoles deliver portable gaming and a wide range of online features, they all differ under the hood.
Check out the specs below:
3DS & 3DS XL
|CPU||(Up to) 2GHz quad core, ARM Cortex –A9 chip. May be downclocked by Sony to reduce battery consumption.||3DS & 3DS XL:1GHz dual core ARM11 CPU chip||1 GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 chip, (part of the Apple A5 chipset)|
|Graphics||SGX543MP4+ GPU more than 133 million polys/sec *||3DS & 3DS XL:PICA-200 GPU approx 15.3 million polys/sec||PowerVR SGX543MP2 GPU (part of the Apple A5 chipset) approx 70-80 million polys/sec|
|Memory||512MB RAM||3DS & 3DS XL:128 MB RAM||512MB RAM|
|Screen||5 inch multi-touch OLED, 220 DPI screen at 960×544 resolution.||3DS:(Top screen) 3.53 inch LCD autostereoscopic 3D screen, 118 DPI at 800 x 240 WQVGA resolution. (Lower screen) 3.02 inch LCD touch screen at 320 x 240 QVGA resolution.
3DS XL: (Top Screen) 4.88 inch LCD autostereoscopic 3D screen, 800 x 240 WQVGA resolution. (Lower screen) 4.18 LCD touch screen at 320 x 240 QVGA resolution.
|3.5 inch LED retina display, multi-touch IPS TFT screen at 640×960 resolution. 326 DPI.|
|Touch screen type||Capacitive||3DS& 3DS XL:Resistive||Capacitive|
|Gaming battery life||5-6 hours||3DS:3-5 hours (Nintendo 3DS games), 5-8 hours (Nintendo DS games)
3DS XL: 3-6.5 hours (Nintendo 3DS games), 5-8 hours (Nintendo DS games)
|2-3 hours (3D games), 4-5 hours (2D games) estimated.|
|Storage||No internal memory, users must buy a memory stick for storage (£18 for 4GB, £27 for 8GB, £45 for 16GB, £79 for 32GB)||3DS:SD Memory Card, 2GB card included, progress is saved on individual game cartridge
3DS XL: SD Memory Card, 4GB card included, progress is saved on individual game cartridge
|16GB, 32GB and 64GB internal memory models available|
|AR functions||Six bundled AR cards, also offers ‘markerless’ AR support||3DS:Six bundled AR cards||No bundled AR cards|
|Connectivity||3G/Wi-fi model and Wi-fi-only model. Both models offer Bluetooth connectivity||3DS & 3DS XL:No 3G, Wi-Fi via home access point and BTFon free Wi-Fi points. No Bluetooth connectivity.||3G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity|
|Cameras||Front camera and rear cameras. Both cameras capture video or still images in QVGA or VGA modes. QVGA mode works at 120fps frame rate at 320×240 dimensions. VGA mode works at 60fps frame rate at 640×480 dimensions. No megapixel information available from Sony. Video captures at 480p.||3DS:One front-facing VGA camera that can capture images and two rear-facing WQVGA cameras capable of capturing 3D video and images at 480p. Resolutions are 640 x 480 for each camera. All cameras are 3MP
3DS XL:One inner camera and two outer cameras. Resolutions are 640 x 480 for each camera. Lens are single focus and uses the CMOS capture element. The active pixel count is approximately 300,000 pixels.
|One front-facing VGA camera and one rear-facing VGA camera at 8MP, 3264×2448 dimensions. Both can capture video at 30fps. Rear-facing camera captures video at 1080p.|
|Controls||Twin analogue thumbsticks, Six-axis motion sensing system, three-axis accelerometer, three-axis lectronic compass, four face buttons, direction pad, dual shoulder buttons, multi-touch screen, rear trackpad, start, select and home buttons.||3DS & 3DS XLOne analogue thumbstick, three-axis accelerometer, three-axis gyroscope, 3D depth slider, four face buttons, direction pad, dual shoulder buttons, lower multi-touch screen (requires stylus), start, select and home buttons||Multi-touch screen, accelerometer, three-axis gyroscopic sensor, home, volume and lock buttons|
|Game delivery||Bespoke PS Vita cartridges, PSN store for digial download content||3DS & 3DS XL:Bespoke 3DS catridges, WiiWare and Virtual Console stores, AR card games||Digital titles via iTunes app store|
|Price||£279.99 (3G/Wi-Fi model), £229.99 (Wi-Fi only model)||3DS:£149.99 RRP||£499.99 (Free with some phone contracts)|
|Other||GPS, internet browser||3DS & 3DS XL:Internet browser, 3D video playback||GPS, Safari internet browser|
*Figures unavailable for SGX543MP4+, number quoted for SGX543MP4 model.