Nintendo DS versus Sony PSP - Which handheld game console fits your lifestyle?

Nintendo DS - The Nintendo DS stands out with its distinctive clamshell design which features dual 3” LCD screens, each having a resolution of 256 x 192 pixels. It also sports a built-in microphone and supports WiFi. These features allow gamers to interact with each other over short distances ranging anywhere from 10 to 30 yards depending on circumstances. Nintendo also offers a custom version of the Opera browser for internet browsing over a WiFi connection. In addition with a WiFi connection to the internet, DS game players can interact with gamers all over the world. Mario Kart DS was the first Nintendo game to take advantage of this feature. And if you've signed up for a service such as ours where you can manage all of your game rental needs online you can actually place games in your queue with your Nintendo DS! Online game rental truly makes the NDS even more fun!

The Nintendo DS features an innovative control scheme consisting not only of a traditional D-pad and standard button controls but also a stylus. The stylus is used in conjunction with the lower screen which doubles as a touchscreen. The touchscreen is also sensitive enough to be controlled with your fingers. The DS also has the distinction of being the first handheld video game system from Nintendo to feature built-in stereo speakers. Previous handhelds from Nintendo only supported stereo through headphones or external speaker systems.

The Nintendo DS now has an impressive library of game titles covering a wide variety of genres. Additionally the Nintendo DS is backwards compatible with GameBoy Advance cartridges extending its game library. And of course being able to rent games online extends that game library even further.

In early 2006 Nintendo introduced the Nintendo DS Lite, slimmer and brighter version of the DS with brighter screens. Two years later they released the Nintendo DSi. The DSi is thinner and features larger LCD screens. It has a more powerful processor and four times as much memory as previous models.

The Nintendo DS series is an excellent choice for a handheld gaming system when you want access to a huge selection of game titles. It’s also the best choice when battery life is a consideration as it utilizes significantly less electricity than the Sony PSP.

PlayStation Portable - The PlayStation Portable (typically abbreviated as PSP) is Sony’s foray into the portable gaming market and it has a rich array of features. For one thing it boasts vastly superior processing power compared to the Nintendo DS. Also it features a gorgeous, 4.3” 16:9 widescreen LCD TFT screen with a 480x272 resolution. In addition it has extensive multimedia capabilities including the ability to watch movies via the UMD (Universal Media Disc) format. The PlayStation Portable is the first handheld video game console to use an optical disc format UMD, as its primary storage medium.

The PSP has a large library of games covering a wide variety of genres from action and adventure to racing games. And online video game rental services are a great way to access that large quantity of titles conveniently and with a minimum of fuss!

The PSP is also can be used online and features an embedded internet browser. In addition the PSP also features Remote Play, which is a feature that enables the PSP to access a PlayStation 3 remotely in order to utilize many of its capabilities. The PS3 can be accessed via the internet, WLAN or home network. Once you’ve accessed your PlayStation3 you can watch movies and videos that are stored on the hard drive, listen to your stored music and view pictures to name just a few of the more popular uses of this unique features. And of course don't forget that for even more content that you can rent video game titles locally or over the internet.

In 2007 Sony released an updated version of the PSP-1000 dubbed the PSP Slim and Lite. It was 19% thinner and 33% lighter than the previous model. It featured double the RAM (64MB versus 32MB), a brighter screen and the ability to charge via USB. It also added a composite video output enabling it to be hooked to a TV.

In 2008 Sony introduced yet another updated version, the PSP-3000. This model offered an improved LCD screen which featured a wider color gamut, quicker response time and higher contrast ratio. Sony also added an anti-reflective coating to the screen in order to improve visibility in brightly lit environments.

The Sony PSP is an excellent choice if you’re looking for a cutting edge portable gaming system with a rich variety of multimedia capabilities. The PSP is especially complemented by the fact that you can now rent games online for it and all other major gaming systems and consoles.

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