Consoles

Nvidia Shield
REVIEW

Nvidia Shield

While the Nvidia Shield's 4K video and solid gaming chops make it the most potent Android TV device yet, app shortfalls and a relatively high price limit its appeal.

3 stars Editors' rating on May 28, 2015
5 stars User rating out of 1 vote
Nintendo New 3DS XL
REVIEW

Nintendo New 3DS XL ( Red)

The 3DS XL's improved 3D head-tracking is a big step up and its performance boost more makes a noticeable difference. A few head-scratching design choices prevent us from falling for the New 3DS XL, but this is still the best Nintendo portable to get.

4 stars Editors' rating on November 27, 2014
Nintendo New 3DS XL Majora's Mask Edition
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Nintendo New 3DS XL Majora's Mask Edition

The 3DS XL's improved 3D head-tracking is a big step up and its performance boost more makes a noticeable difference. A few head-scratching design choices prevent us from falling for the New 3DS XL, but this is still the best Nintendo portable to get.

4 stars Editors' rating on November 27, 2014
Nintendo Wii U Basic Skylanders Swap Force Limited Edition
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Nintendo Wii U Basic Skylanders Swap Force Limited Edition

The Wii U has shaken off some of its initial growing pains to become a superior kid and family console, with a limited but excellent lineup of exclusive games you won't find anywhere else.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on November 26, 2014
Nintendo Wii U Deluxe ZombieU Bundle
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Nintendo Wii U Deluxe ZombieU Bundle

The Wii U has shaken off some of its initial growing pains to become a superior kid and family console, with a limited but excellent lineup of exclusive games you won't find anywhere else.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on November 26, 2014
Sony PlayStation 3 Super Slim
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Sony PlayStation 3 Super Slim ( 500GB, Japan)

While it will begin to cede its position to the PS4 in 2015, the PlayStation 3 still delivers impressively strong value for gaming and video entertainment.

4 stars Editors' rating on November 6, 2014
Nintendo New 3DS
REVIEW

Nintendo New 3DS

Nintendo's New 3DS isn't much improved overall, but that new display alone almost makes the purchase worthwhile -- or will do, once it's available outside of Japan.

4 stars Editors' rating on October 24, 2014
Sony PlayStation TV
REVIEW

Sony PlayStation TV

The PlayStation TV sounds great on paper, but out of the gate, it underwhelms as both a gaming and an entertainment box.

2.5 stars Editors' rating on October 14, 2014
1 star User rating out of 2 votes
Microsoft Xbox One Assassin's Creed: Unity Bundle
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Microsoft Xbox One Assassin's Creed: Unity Bundle

The cheaper, no-Kinect version of the Xbox One gives buyers a better deal by eliminating the one part of the console they probably didn't want to begin with -- but the PS4 remains a compelling alternative.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on June 6, 2014
Nintendo Wii Mini
REVIEW

Nintendo Wii Mini ( Red)

The bare-bones Wii Mini gets rid of many Wii features to just focus on playing disc games, but the stripped-down experience isn't worth the savings.

2.5 stars Editors' rating on November 25, 2013
Microsoft Xbox One Madden NFL 15 Bundle
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Microsoft Xbox One Madden NFL 15 Bundle

While the PS4 remains our overall preferred choice in the game console race, the Xbox One's significant course corrections -- including an aggressive pricing structure -- make it a better deal than ever, and a much better bargain than when it first debuted.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on November 22, 2014
Microsoft Xbox One Titanfall Edition
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Microsoft Xbox One Titanfall Edition

While the PS4 remains our overall preferred choice in the game console race, the Xbox One's significant course corrections -- including an aggressive pricing structure -- make it a better deal than ever, and a much better bargain than when it first debuted.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on November 22, 2014
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 a slight edge over the Xbox One as both consoles enter their second year.

4 stars Editors' rating on November 7, 2014
3.7 stars User rating out of 53 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
Microsoft Xbox 360 E Kinect
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Microsoft Xbox 360 E Kinect ( 4GB)

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.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on August 1, 2013
OnLive MicroConsole
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OnLive MicroConsole

As a $99 content-streaming set-top box, OnLive's MicroConsole offers an intriguing low-cost alternative to traditional living-room game consoles--if you have enough bandwidth.

4 stars Editors' rating on December 12, 2010
Microsoft Xbox 360 S  Holiday Bundle
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Microsoft Xbox 360 S Holiday Bundle ( 250GB, CoD: MW3)

Though the new Xbox 360 certainly addresses most of the concerns we've had with the versions before it, we don't think it warrants a purchase if you already own an Xbox 360 in working order with an HDMI-out port and a hard drive.

4.5 stars Editors' rating on June 24, 2010
Nintendo DSi XL  Mario vs Donkey Kong Mini-Land Mayhem Bundle
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Nintendo DSi XL Mario vs Donkey Kong Mini-Land Mayhem Bundle ( Metalic Rose)

At the end of the day, the DSi XL is exactly the same as the DSi, so unless you're desperate for more touch-screen real estate, or your vision is impaired, we can't recommend a purchase over the original DSi.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on March 24, 2010
Sony PSP Go
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Sony PSP Go ( White)

The PSP Go is a sleek and sexy redesign, but its high price tag and some frustrating caveats mean it's not a must-have upgrade for existing PSP owners--at least for now.

3 stars Editors' rating on September 27, 2009
Sony PlayStation 3 Slim
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Sony PlayStation 3 Slim ( 120GB)

With a smaller design, more energy-efficient operation, lower price tag, and built-in Blu-ray and multimedia capabilities, the PS3 Slim delivers a compelling package for an affordable price.

4.5 stars Editors' rating on August 19, 2009
4 stars User rating out of 1 vote