Between the iPhone, iPad, Nintendo 3DS, and Sony’s PlayStation NGP (assuming it launches worldwide this holiday and not just in Japan), 2011 is shaping up to be one hell of a year for portable gaming. The big hitters are obviously the 3DS and NGP, and while no one really knows how either one will perform at this point, both handhelds have a lot going for them. The glasses-less 3D effect of the 3DS is stunning, and the NGP packs some serious graphical power and slick design features, and both will surely have a stellar catalogue of titles.
The point is, all of this is making it increasingly difficult for me to decide which one, if not both, of these devices might end up winning me over to the point of a purchase in the coming months, especially since I can’t imagine a world in which I would carry around an iPhone, a 3DS, and a NGP. Something has to give.
How are you reconciling this inevitable rift in the next-gen handheld market? Are you sticking with your preferred brand (Nintendo vs. Sony), or do you think you’ll be branching out this time around in favor of a particular feature or function?