Consoles:

Best Video Game Consoles

Updated February 14, 2014 12:28 PM PST

The "next-generation" game consoles are here -- but until their game library hits critical mass, the PS3 and Xbox 360 are still better deals.

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Sony PlayStation 3 Super Slim (250GB) Uncharted 3 Limited Edition Bundle

The latest PS3 slims down to its smallest size ever while retaining everything we like -- and a few things we don't -- about the PlayStation 3 gaming console.

Price: $309.00 - $309.00 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Sony PlayStation Vita

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 Excellent

Microsoft Xbox 360 E

The Xbox 360 remains a great video and gaming console, but fans will be better served by older 360 bundles -- or waiting for the Xbox One.

Price: $249.99 - $278.90 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Sony PlayStation 4

The PlayStation 4's beautiful graphics, blazing interface, near-perfect controller, and lower price give it a slight edge on the Xbox One -- for now.

Price: $399.00 - $576.00 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Nintendo 3DS XL

While it's no surprise Nintendo is super-sizing its 3D portable system, we're shocked it doesn't have a right stick.

Price: $182.49 - $289.95 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Microsoft Xbox One

Its high price and imperfect voice control and TV integration keep the Xbox One short of must-have territory, but the inclusion of Titanfall for free (for new purchases) helps Microsoft's console hold the line against Sony's compelling PS4.

Price: $455.00 - $509.70 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Nintendo 2DS (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.

Price: $124.77 - $129.99 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Nintendo Wii U Basic Set

Despite some clever dual-screen gaming mechanics, the Wii U's lack of compelling exclusive software and an overall unpolished user experience make it tough to recommend in its current state.

Price: $94.95 - $239.99 Check prices

3 stars Good
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