Consoles

Sony PlayStation 4
REVIEW

Sony PlayStation 4

The PlayStation 4's beautiful graphics, smart interface, blazing performance, near-perfect controller and better indie offerings give it an edge over the Xbox One -- though that edge is ever-shrinking.

4.5 stars Editors' rating on November 7, 2014
3.6 stars User rating out of 56 votes
Nintendo 2DS
REVIEW

Nintendo 2DS ( Crimson Red)

At $130, the 2DS offers a huge array of compelling software and makes for a great entry-level gaming system to the uninitiated first-time gamer. Just be sure to buy a protective case along with it, too.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on October 2, 2013
Sony PlayStation Vita TV
EDITORS' TAKE

Sony PlayStation Vita TV

Sony has unveiled the Vita TV, a micro console that can play Vita games and stream content and software from PlayStation 4.

Pricing not available

Nvidia Shield Portable
REVIEW

Nvidia Shield Portable

The Nvidia Shield brings console-level quality to portable Android gaming, but it needs a higher quality list of compatible games before it can truly rival the Vita or 3DS.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on July 30, 2013

Pricing not available

Ouya Game Console
REVIEW

Ouya Game Console

Despite its low price and free-to-try system, the Ouya fails to reach its potential as a disruptive alternative platform.

2.5 stars Editors' rating on July 1, 2013
4.1 stars User rating out of 5 votes

MSRP: $99.99

Visit manufacturer site for details.

Mad Catz MOJO Android Micro-Console
EDITORS' TAKE

Mad Catz MOJO Android Micro-Console

The Mad Catz MOJO is a micro-console running Android and comes with a full-on console-quality controller. It currently has no price or release date.

Nintendo 3DS XL
REVIEW

Nintendo 3DS XL ( Red)

The supersized Nintendo 3DS XL is a solid portable gaming device that's finally come into its own and should be the first and last 3DS you buy.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on July 30, 2012
4.2 stars User rating out of 4 votes
Sony PlayStation Vita
REVIEW

Sony PlayStation Vita ( Cosmic Red)

Overall, the PlayStation Vita is the most advanced portable gaming system ever made. While the price is deceiving because of a hidden cost, gamers are getting an impressively complete package. Now priced at $200, the Vita makes a compelling case as the ultimate indie portable console.

4 stars Editors' rating on February 12, 2012

Pricing not available

Nintendo Wii Mario Kart Wii Pack
REVIEW

Nintendo Wii Mario Kart Wii Pack ( Black)

For families and lovers of casual games, the even more affordable Wii still represents the best console bundle value in terms of dollars spent, but it's also the system that's first on deck to be outdated. With the announcement of the Wii U, the Wii is a declining console. Still, its sizable and often unique back library of games is still worth playing.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on August 23, 2011
Nintendo 3DS
REVIEW

Nintendo 3DS ( Cosmo Black)

The Nintendo 3DS successfully offers a glasses-free 3D experience that needs to be seen to be believed. A weak start out of the gate has been all but forgotten thanks to a bevy of compelling releases on online downloadables since launch.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on March 16, 2011
4.4 stars User rating out of 3 votes