Consoles

Nvidia Shield Pro
REVIEW

Nvidia Shield Pro

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
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 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
Sony PlayStation 3 Super Slim  LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham + The Sly Collection Bundle
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Sony PlayStation 3 Super Slim LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham + The Sly Collection Bundle ( 500GB)

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
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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
Sony PlayStation Vita 2000
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Sony PlayStation Vita 2000

Two years in, the PlayStation Vita has come of age and become a refined piece of hardware and an excellent place to play a lot of games. You don't need one, but it's really fun and worth its price.

4 stars Editors' rating on July 24, 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
REVIEW

Microsoft Xbox One

While the PS4 remains our overall preferred choice in the game console race, the Xbox One's significant course corrections and solid exclusives make it a compelling alternative.

4 stars Editors' rating on August 12, 2015
3.5 stars User rating out of 52 votes
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

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Nintendo Wii Mario Kart Wii Pack
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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
OnLive MicroConsole
REVIEW

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
Nintendo Wii Hardware Bundle
REVIEW

Nintendo Wii Hardware Bundle ( Black, Remote Plus)

For families and lovers of casual games, the still-affordable Wii represents the best console bundle value of the holiday season in terms of dollars spent; however, the Wii's getting long in the tooth, and other game consoles offer more entertainment options and functionality for their higher price tags.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on November 22, 2010
Nintendo Wii Hardware Bundle
REVIEW

Nintendo Wii Hardware Bundle ( White, Remote Plus)

For families and lovers of casual games, the still-affordable Wii represents the best console bundle value of the holiday season in terms of dollars spent; however, the Wii's getting long in the tooth, and other game consoles offer more entertainment options and functionality for their higher price tags.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on November 22, 2010

MSRP: $199.99

Visit manufacturer site for details.

Nintendo Wii Hardware Bundle
REVIEW

Nintendo Wii Hardware Bundle ( Red, Remote Plus)

For families and lovers of casual games, the still-affordable Wii represents the best console bundle value of the holiday season in terms of dollars spent; however, the Wii's getting long in the tooth, and other game consoles offer more entertainment options and functionality for their higher price tags.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on November 22, 2010

MSRP: $199.99

Visit manufacturer site for details.

Microsoft Xbox 360 S Kinect  Holiday Bundle
REVIEW

Microsoft Xbox 360 S Kinect Holiday Bundle ( 250GB, Dance Central 2)

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
REVIEW

Nintendo DSi XL ( Bronze)

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
Nyko Charge Base IC
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Nyko Charge Base IC ( Wii)

While the Nyko Charge Base IC goes for a few dollars more than we'd like to pay, its magnetic induction, auxiliary USB port, and power toggle separate it from other charging systems we've seen.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on October 28, 2009
Sony PSP Go
REVIEW

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

MSRP: $249.90

Visit manufacturer site for details.

Sony PlayStation 3 Slim
REVIEW

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

Pricing not available

Konnet PS3 and Xbox 360 Power Pyramid
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Konnet PS3 and Xbox 360 Power Pyramid ( charging and storage dock for game controllers)

While we wished it cost a bit less, the Konnet PS3 and Xbox 360 Power Pyramid is a solid gaming accessory that will appeal to dual-console owners.

3 stars Editors' rating on July 14, 2009

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