Nintendo DS Lite (NDSL) vs PSP Slim

This has been quite a long debate between the gaming factions, since the original Nintendo DS (fat) came out and the original generation one Playstation Portable (PSP).

Now we are at the second generation with the PSP Slim and the Nintendo DS Lite, both are slimmer, sexier and have better specs.

The last time I bought something like this was almost 2 years ago when I got the PS2 – I was late to the race with that purchase as I am with this one. But then I tend to prefer that, the prices are lower, more games are available and the accessories are more refined.

So now I’ve been thinking of getting a portable but those times of waiting, airports, plane trips, taxis, waiting for meetings, whilst ladies are shopping and so on. I’ve had my eye on the PSP for a while but after playing it a few times I find it a bit limited…yeah the graphics are good but the games are about the same as PS2, very few originals mostly just ports.

Sony PSP Slim

Sony PSP Slim

You can watch movies easily though, surf the web and play music although the battery life is quite short and load times long with UMD media.

From my testing/observations and research:

PSP Pros

  • Multiplayer & Wifi capability
  • Built in browsing capability
  • Very good graphics
  • Homebrew support
  • Solid build

PSP Cons

  • Slow load times
  • Poor battery life (2-3 hours)
  • Limited range of good games
  • Poor RPG platform
  • Very slow game releases

Nintendo DS Lite

Nintendo DS Lite

Then the Nintendo DS Lite caught my eye, innovative games, touch screen and cheaper than the PSP.

I’ve always been a fan of Nintendo games and their innovative original gameplay, just look at the Wii – that’ll be my next purchase when I get a bigger place!

I loved my NES and SNES and only went for a Dreamcast after that as Sega have a similar heritage to Nintendo…Sony tends to go for flashy games and great graphics rather than entertainment.


  • More original games
  • 2 screens
  • Touch screen capability
  • Multiplayer & Wifi capability
  • Great battery life (5-10 hours)
  • Wide variety of game genres
  • Great RPG platform
  • Homebrew support


  • Browser needs additional hardware
  • Graphics not super good
  • Hinge can get weak

I’m heading towards DS Lite at the moment, what do you think?

VGEScape has DS Lite on top.
Metafilter – mostly in favour of DS Lite
Someone who bought both…on the SAME DAY!

At current price I think the NDSL is about RM650 and the PSP about RM750.

It’s a tough choice..




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39 Responses to Nintendo DS Lite (NDSL) vs PSP Slim

  1. Serge Norguard September 30, 2008 at 4:22 pm #

    as a person that has a DS Lite, it is true that you need additional hardware if you would like to use the Opera DS. However there is a homebrew that allows you to surf the web, though it will be text based only.

    I cant recommend if you should go for a psp or a dsl. Psp if you want graphic intense game, but if you want fun and a whole lot of sweet homebrew such as DS Linux … dslite is the way to go.

  2. spectre September 30, 2008 at 4:53 pm #

    DS forever dude XD

  3. Precious Pea September 30, 2008 at 5:17 pm #

    Am still sticking to my GBA although Hubby offered me PSP. Am a very loyal person! Hahaha! Anyway..wii is cool. Am now hooked to my Wii Fit.

  4. Angie Tan September 30, 2008 at 5:56 pm #

    Go for the PSP. A lot more variety of games. 😉

    If you prefer games such as Final Fantasy Crisis Core and some FPS (first person shooter), the PSP is the way to go.

    Sorry for being biased as I’m a PSP owner… since 2006. 🙂

  5. CindyC September 30, 2008 at 6:42 pm #

    i say PSP!!!! roarr

  6. ront September 30, 2008 at 8:08 pm #

    how about both??

    been playing with my ds lite for about 2 months now..its quite enjoyable and plenty of games to go with it. well, psp has plenty of games.

    will get the psp as well…..when the opportunity arise. just that the next gen psp is soon to be available.

  7. Dabido September 30, 2008 at 8:40 pm #

    DS Lite looks like an old Donkey Kong that’s turned white! lol

    I’ve been thinking about getting a portable too … but then saving for a house pops up in my head and I think I’ll defer it till they are even better.

    I have an old Gameboy slim … which I never use. lol I used to play it on the train on the way home, but I got bored playing the same game over and over. 🙂

  8. vss3t September 30, 2008 at 10:06 pm #

    NDS rocks!!!!!!!!

    Oh yeah, i got mine frm Lowyat 3rd floor i think, frm a quite convincing (not too pushy) seller at a black booth. very distinctive right after you get of the elevator. got it for rm700 with 2g memory card wif all the games init, extra rm20 for the original screen protector i think.


  9. s2k_247 October 1, 2008 at 12:26 am #

    Personally speaking, the DS Lite is a better option as compared to the PSP. I own a PSP, and frankly, the PSP is not that great of a buy. Sure it does look good, and at that time, it was the better portable system to go for, but after dealing with expensive UMD’s, and then moving on to the modified software, which in turn, led to problems with the software, and the downloaded games that SOMETIMES work, the PSP just kinda lost its attraction and is duly keeping the stacks of paper on my desk from flying around…

    And games-wise, the DS is a much better choice, in terms of good games that last. I’m pretty sick of playing a crappy ported version of Prince of Persia on the PSP, and not play truly enjoyable games like Sonic and Metroid Prime…

  10. Suertes October 1, 2008 at 2:41 am #

    I dunno.. every time I see the Nintendo DS I think of Game n’ Watch. At that kind of price…

  11. Izuan October 1, 2008 at 10:11 am #

    I have NDS Lite and personally I think it is worth my money. You can play mp3, play for hours (due to the long battery life) and download the games from the Internet. Right now I’m waiting for Pokemon Platinum (English Version) to be released.. anyone interested to trade with me? 😛

  12. Nicholas Leong October 1, 2008 at 10:41 am #

    I have both and I will say go with the NDS Lite. The games are way better and you get more fun and a longer battery life too, since it sucks less juice. 🙂

  13. Juanito October 1, 2008 at 11:07 am #

    Tho I am a PS lover, I feel that PSP has its own disadvantages.. Nin on the other hand reminds of the olden days game and watch – handy, cute, free and easy mobility…

    I would go for Nin I have to say…

  14. KY October 1, 2008 at 12:48 pm #

    Don’t have to choose, can always get both! 😀

  15. Hanuman October 1, 2008 at 1:04 pm #

    DS for sure .. look what you can do with this hack

  16. jerng October 1, 2008 at 1:34 pm #

    Haha… I’m only considering the purchase of a PS2 right now… I guess some of us are waaay behind the curve.

  17. irentau October 1, 2008 at 9:10 pm #

    Get urself a PSP. U will fully utilize it once u get a PS3

  18. ShaolinTiger October 3, 2008 at 4:30 pm #

    Serge Norguard: Yah that’s pretty much what I thought, I think you can hack the Opera ROM too so it can operate without the extra memory – will be dog slow though.

    spectre: 2-0 for DS!

    Precious Pea: Yah hoping to get a Wii later, you should get a DS Lite – Nintendogs rocks!

    Angie Tan: Have to disagree, for variety of games DS Lite wins hands down – for better graphics PSP wins. 2-1 for DS Lite.

    CindyC: Haha ok 2-2 it’s a draw.

    ront: Yah I heard that too, wouldn’t mind both either really 😀 I’ll give that a 3-3 draw.

    Dabido: If you liked Gameboy games you’d love DS lite then…am saving for a house too, gotta have something to do whilst not spending money 😀

    vss3t: 4-3 for NDSL then! Your package isn’t a great deal though I’ve seen much better (Original screen protector, crystal case, R4Ds ROM card + 2GB Trans for RM650).

    s2k_247: Totally agree with you, the fact you have to modify the firmware for homebrew on the PSP is a bad sign for me…just pop in a bootstrap loader cart on the DS and you’re done! 5-3 for DS Lite!

    Suertes: Hahaha, it’s much better than that.

    Izuan: Sounds good, 6-3 for NDSL!

    Nicholas Leong: Yah the games are very much fun! And the battery life is massive especially on lower brightness. 7-3 to DS.

    Juanito: Yup Nintendo has a certain gaming heritage, especially for handhelds 8-3 to DS!

    KY: Hahah yah, but I want something with hardcore graphics I’d prefer to get a PS3.

    Hanuman: Wow that’s sweet! 9-3 to DS.

    jerng: Haha yah I was behind…you are way way way behind, want to buy mine? Will be selling soon with 2 controllers and lots of games.

    irentau: Hmm will see about that 9-4 to DS final score!

  19. Serge Norguard October 3, 2008 at 4:53 pm #

    Well if you’re patient enough … wait next year when the launch the new DSLite-i series

  20. shyang October 4, 2008 at 12:58 am #

    Would u like to wait for a moment ? because there is another latest version of NDSL from Nintendo, with additional functions with it … u can check it out …

  21. FeR October 4, 2008 at 9:39 am #

    Yup! In November Nintendo is apparently launching the NDSi (in Japan – about USD180)
    What a coincidence! I’m also looking into getting a DS Lite albeit VERY behind times – but hey! Make use of the lower price now.

    NDSi will have larger displays (if only slightly), slightly slimmer, one 3MP camera and one VGA camera, music playback, WiFi + browser, DSi shop and is able to link up to Wii-wares (if you have one)…but no GBA cartridge slot. (read all these online only la) No more shiny surface, and you can choose from matte black/white.

    Final verdict tho? Will still probably go for the NDSL – i just want the NDSL for it’s main function – fun and games! I vote for DS Lite!

  22. ShaolinTiger October 6, 2008 at 12:42 am #

    Serge Norguard: Nah it’s ok, I think I prefer DS Lite for it’s ability to use accessories with the GBA slot. Plus the price for DSL is awesome now.

    shyang: Yeah checked out the specs, camera is cool but nothing else really tempts me.

    FeR: Yah should be coming out November first in Japan from what I’ve read, not much difference though. The price is awesome for DS Lite though and Guitar Hero: On Tour won’t work on the new DS-i! Another vote for DS Lite! Go buy one now, superb value. Apparently USA version of DS-i won’t be out until April 2009 at least anyway, so don’t hold your breath.

  23. Michael Yip October 12, 2008 at 7:42 am #


  24. ShaolinTiger October 13, 2008 at 12:58 pm #

    Michael Yip: DS Wins!

  25. Atchucan October 17, 2008 at 11:53 pm #

    I hope I’m not too late to do a recommendation but I suggest you to get the PSP.

  26. marcin October 19, 2008 at 11:14 pm #

    we all know the psp is better! psp can almost do every thing… like for ex: play ds games, listen to music, watch videos, play fun insane games with insane graphix, skype, msn, and many more!!! And if you say ds is better then you must really like if. by the way it’s possible to mob the psp screen as a toch screen…

  27. ShaolinTiger October 23, 2008 at 5:21 pm #

    Atchucan: Er why?

    marcin: Obviously we don’t 😀 DS Lite is ahead so far.

  28. ryuueki November 26, 2008 at 9:26 am #

    psp rock ,because it is better than nds because cannot do everything more than psp.

  29. dark January 3, 2009 at 5:10 pm #

    psp is better

  30. dark January 5, 2009 at 12:34 am #

    PSP slim & lite load much faster than the fat one and i think the battery life around 5-6 hour.i known because i have a PSP slim & lite limited blue and also sony released the new battery that have 10 hour of gameplay.anyway PSP ROCK.

  31. tosee January 9, 2009 at 8:47 am #

    psp is better thant nintendo dog shit
    ( N D s )

  32. dark January 17, 2009 at 2:24 am #

    PSP the most powerful portable gaming device.PSP rock

  33. Catherine February 20, 2009 at 3:35 am #

    Hey there, thanks for linking to my blog 🙂 I’ve since then gotten a Crisis Core silver slim & lite PSP and a red DS. Must say I still play on my DS more 🙂

  34. ShaolinTiger March 4, 2009 at 1:47 am #

    Catherine: Yah DS rocks, totally agree. I’ve never regretted getting it.

  35. dark March 16, 2009 at 6:12 pm #

    PSP is still the best

  36. Arsena Sashriya April 3, 2009 at 9:06 am #

    hey! IMO, your choice depends on games you’re playing
    if you seek for RPG go for NDS
    if you seek for action/racing go for PSP
    the winner is relative, though.

  37. dan July 9, 2009 at 5:33 am #

    PSP slim has 5-6 hours of battery life and it has a payload of good games and the ds doesnt really have good games and it has horrible graphics only thing that is good about ds is it is not that expensive

  38. oldgamerz July 9, 2009 at 3:56 pm #

    aku lg seronok main ndslite…
    coz dr kecik aku main super mario… dr zaman game snes lg.. yg paling penting… nds ade banyak game yg original compare to other console.. metal slug 7.nds bes woo…

    lgpun mcm2 application leh “sumbat” kat nds nie…
    cam = to do list, dictionary, notes, bible(for christian only..jgn salah faham),alarm clock,bla..bla..bla..
    dah jd cam gadget harian la pulak..(slack x leh buat call je…ha3)

    firmware/software kene slalu tengok kat internet rr…
    pasal tiap2 bulan ade software baru..
    game pon snang carik..
    klau takat game psp tue…aku ade software nk main game psp dalam pc(lau sebut pasal pc..smpai esok x habis..he3)…
    tapi klau nds…mane bleh main kat pc..psl nds guna touchscreen…
    aku sokong product nintendo!! originality from nintendo rite??

    psp nie menang kat game racing dgn action jer laa..

    per2 nk tanye psl nds.lite leh email aku=

  39. lost soldier July 20, 2009 at 2:08 am #

    what makes nds ppl not regret getting it because you are too sensitive. you know you made a mistake but dont want to admit it. psp ppl dont have time going to every blog to defend the psp from nds kids. Psp go will kill ndsi. psp is the best choice!