Borderlands 2 Vita vs. PC vs. PS3 Screenshot Comparison: Looks Great For A Handheld Game

Borderlands 2 on the PS Vita is based on the PS3 version of the game, as confirmed by Gio Corsi, Director of Third Party Relations at Sony PlayStation. Surprisingly, Sony has done a decent job with this port for the PS Vita, making it look as close to the PS3 version as possible.

Since it was based on the PS3 version of the game, we decided to see how it stacks up against the PS3 version. Now that the official screenshots have been released, it was a simple matter of comparing similar areas/environment as seen in the PS Vita shots.

We also decided to see how the game stacks up to the PC version at the lowest settings, and as can be seen, the results are surprisingly decent. Of course, PC version at the highest setting will blow the PS3 and PS Vita version away, so it was a no contest.

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Unfortunately, such like for like screenshots weren’t available for the PS3 version of the game, so we are going to compare similar areas for the PS3 version.

Here are two videos of the PS Vita version, which can show the frame rate and graphics quality in detail.

Borderlands 2 will be officially released on the PS Vita on 13th May 2014. You can snatch an early copy of Borderlands 2 on the PS Vita, if you grab the PS Vita Slim bundle, that will be bundled with a digital copy of Borderlands 2 and a 8 GB memory card, and will retail for $200.

What do you think about this screenshot comparison? Let us know in the comments below.

Khurram Imtiaz

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  • ImonadrugcalledCharlieSheen

    Comparing Vita to PC, is this a joke?

  • Trim Dose

    Why are they releasing this game on Vita?, vita needs games that uses its own capabilities, look what 3ds doing almost all games for the 3ds uses its touch screen and its double screen in a very unique way, Vita needs to have this kind of games, for example Tearaway.

    • Because Vita is beeter than 3DS!! 3DS is crap for me, Vita is 300% better 😛

    • Because Vita is beeter than 3DS!! 3DS is crap for me, Vita is 300% better 😛

    • Because Vita is beeter than 3DS!! 3DS is crap for me, Vita is 300% better 😛

    • PlayMatt

      Cuz Vita is capable of running PS3 games, while 3DS is not… But anyway I hated this game too!

  • ilovegoogleglass

    I hope handheld gaming doesn’t die…

    • Leon Matthews

      Already has

      • val

        I’m pretty sure the 3ds says otherwise. It’s sales are really good for a handheld and they aren’t going to die anytime soon.

        • tubers

          Yeah.. it’ll likely to keep declining for the next 3DS successor unless Nintendo becomes much more aggressive.. but mobiles (tablets then smartphones) will be able to play certain pc/console multiplatform games within the decade.

          Mobile interactive entertainment won’t really die. Just transform into something that could be a bit different and that’s outside of freemiums.

        • zeuanimals

          “Really good for a handheld”. It’s at about 40 million right now, some of the better selling handhelds were at 60 million+ at this point in their lifetime (3 years). This year for the 3DS also doesn’t seem to be anywhere near as good as last year, and if Nintendo starts to try to push the Wii U more, they’re gonna have less on the 3DS.

          AAA development these days just costs too much for the console manufacturers to fully support more than one system with a bunch of games, and with Nintendo not having many 3rd parties on board the Wii U, they’re going to have to pick up the slack and try to output a ton of games out for it which is hard with how much games are starting to cost to make. Japanese 3rd parties will continue to support the 3DS because Japanese people love their handhelds, but even that market is being overtaken by mobile games. As much as I hate to say it, handheld gaming is dying, but I expect to still be around as a semi-niche thing that I will continue to enjoy. I say semi-niche because the 3DS will carry on okay with 3rd parties and maybe some 1st party support but its successor probably won’t do too well.

          Parents can either choose a $150-200 handheld that plays $40 games for their kids or they can buy a tablet for $150 and not have to ever buy games for it since most mobile games are free (and trash) and they have a lot more functions than a Vita or 3DS. More and more parents are buying their kids tablets, iPods, and sometimes even smartphones, while less and less parents are buying their kids handhelds. It’s just not cost effective.

          • shinitaru

            I don’t know why you got moderated on Dualshockers earlier, your post was right on. Loved that Micheal ad too. You’re right, quality is better than quantity but I can’t help but feel that MS likes to take advantage of that to gain momentum by sheer force. The last few weeks it seems like we were hearing about this, that or the other from MS every day while Sony was quiet as usual.

      • Failz

        Vita gaming has died, 3DS is still going strong and soon they will be releasing a Tomogachi game for it which will sell like hotcakes. Not for me however.

        • jspillen

          Since the release of the PS4 the PSV has sold well enough. Not amazing, but well enough that it certainly isn’t dead you troll.

        • 3DS is crap for people with loving to nintendo games :-/ Vita is not dead!

        • Arnold Stallone

          killzone mercenary on PS vita alone looks better than 95% of the games released on your Wii u. And the Wii would run the game at 2 fps only, with those amazing effects, lights, etc.
          Basically, the PS vita can run games with 60-70% of the ps3 visuals/quality.

          One thing I really miss, is a video out. I really wish I could just plug a micro-hdmi cable, and have the PS vita graphics displayed on my LCD.
          But I guess Sony was too afraid of the idea of people not buying a ps3, because they would be able to play the vita games on a big monitor/ LCD.

          • zzzzzzzzzz

            Btw, games look/run a bit better on the Wii u compared to the ps3. I have both. Not a big difference but there is one. The vita is not even close. But ps3 is 2006 tech so…

      • Arnold Stallone

        Do you say that because your favourite brand with an X doesn’t have a portable console?
        OK, you can return to your clash of clans iPhone game, now.

  • We need some the same screens from PS Vita & PS3 version, from the same location, spot 😉

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