Handheld Gaming Consoles

Top 3 Handheld Gaming Consoles of 2015

Handheld consoles are adored by many. They bring great ways to entertain yourself and good graphics at a reasonable cost to the consumer and, above all, are very easy to take with you wherever you go. While not as powerful as their household console brethren, they still bring great performance in a small, stylish and easy-to-carry design.

While each has their own quirks and features, there are those that stand above the rest thanks to their ability to deliver exceptional performance and a plethora of different types of games to choose from. After looking at each of them, here is a list of the top 3 handheld gaming consoles of 2015, in no particular order.

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1. New Nintendo 3DS XL

The Nintendo family brings with it a new version of their famous DS handheld device every few years.

This year was no exception, as Nintendo released their next lineup in the DS family, the New Nintendo 3DS and its XL version. With it, they brought many features and improvements from the original 3DS such as improved 3D using face tracking, better hardware and new controls.

2. Sony PlayStation Vita

The PlayStation Vita at one time was just "OK". It didn't bring much to the table and was overall just regarded as an alright console with others being a lot better.

With the release of the PS4, however, things changed. The Vita suddenly got a larger library of games thanks to its ability to play the PS4's remotely, got better controls, and features many apps for entertainment such as Netflix and YouTube when you're not gaming.

3. NVidia Game Shield

A relatively new handheld console, the NVidia Game Shield works a bit differently than the rest.

The device comes in at 1.25 pounds, making it over twice as heavy as its closest competitor, the PS Vita. It has an HD display that delivers crisp, clean graphics that folds out akin to the DS's and a square gamepad similar in layout to that of the Xbox 360's gamepad.

While you can use Android mobile apps on the device, its main distinction that sets it apart from the competition is its ability to play PC games using NVidia's Game Stream to wirelessly display the game playing on your PC to the Shield, meaning alongside to the apps available on Android, it can play anything from your library on Steam, Origin and similar online shops.


While each has its own advantages and disadvantages, these three handheld consoles are the best out there available now that bring performance rivaling that of consoles. Their transportability and wide game selections make them a favorite for many and keep the at the head of the pack.