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 Wii U Deluxe ZombieU Bundle
REVIEW

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
REVIEW

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
REVIEW

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
REVIEW

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 Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Limited Edition
REVIEW

Microsoft Xbox One Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Limited Edition

While the PS4 remains our overall preferred choice in the next-gen console race, the Xbox One's significant first-year course corrections -- including a welcome holiday price drop -- 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
REVIEW

Microsoft Xbox 360 E ( 250GB)

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
5 stars User rating out of 1 vote
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
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
Microsoft Xbox 360 S  Halo: Reach Limited Edition
REVIEW

Microsoft Xbox 360 S Halo: Reach Limited Edition ( 250GB)

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 25th Anniversary w/Mario Kart DS
REVIEW

Nintendo DSi XL Mario 25th Anniversary w/Mario Kart DS ( Red)

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
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
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
Nintendo DSi  Mario Collection
REVIEW

Nintendo DSi Mario Collection ( Metallic Blue)

While not all previous DS owners should upgrade, the DSi is an ambitious and solidly designed portable gaming system.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on April 3, 2009
Sony PlayStation 3
REVIEW

Sony PlayStation 3 ( 80GB)

Even though PS2 backward compatibility has been dropped from this version, the 80GB PS3 is still a superb Blu-ray player and high-definition game console.

4.5 stars Editors' rating on March 6, 2009
Microsoft Xbox 360 Pro  Halo 3 Special Edition
REVIEW

Microsoft Xbox 360 Pro Halo 3 Special Edition ( 20GB)

Now that Blu-ray has become the pre-eminent high-definition standard for discs, the Xbox 360 has yet to support it, but it still remains an excellent game console with a superior game library and online experience.

4 stars Editors' rating on October 15, 2008
Sony PSP 3000
REVIEW

Sony PSP 3000 ( Silver)

While there's probably not enough to get owners of previous the PSP to upgrade, newcomers will find the PSP-3000 to be a solid portable gaming and multimedia device.

4 stars Editors' rating on October 9, 2008

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Sony PSP 2000
REVIEW

Sony PSP 2000 ( Lavender Purple)

While it may not be a must-have upgrade for existing PSP owners, a host of subtle improvements make the latest Sony PSP (aka the PSP 2000) an even better deal for anyone looking for a solid portable gaming and multimedia device.

4 stars Editors' rating on September 3, 2007
Microsoft Xbox 360 Elite  Resident Evil Limited Edition
REVIEW

Microsoft Xbox 360 Elite Resident Evil Limited Edition ( 120GB)

While it's neither a must-have upgrade for existing 360 owners nor as feature-packed as the PS3, the Xbox 360 Elite's combination of top-notch gaming and digital media features make it the current game console of choice.

4 stars Editors' rating on April 27, 2007
Nintendo Wii
REVIEW

Nintendo Wii ( original, Wii Sports bundle)

If you don't mind the dearth of HD graphics, the Nintendo Wii's combination of motion-sensitive controllers, included Wii Sports titles, and emphasis on fun gameplay make the ultra-affordable console hard to resist.

4 stars Editors' rating on November 13, 2006
2.5 stars User rating out of 1 vote
Atari Flashback 2
REVIEW

Atari Flashback 2

The Atari Flashback 2 delivers a genuine Atari 2600 retro gaming experience at an unbeatable price.

3 stars Editors' rating on October 25, 2006
Nintendo DS Lite  New Super Mario Bros. Bundle
REVIEW

Nintendo DS Lite New Super Mario Bros. Bundle ( Red)

With a slick new design, brighter screens, and a growing library of fun and innovative games, the Nintendo DS Lite is an impressive improvement over the original DS.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on April 12, 2006
Nintendo Game Boy Micro
REVIEW

Nintendo Game Boy Micro ( 20th Anniversary Edition)

Nintendo's latest Game Boy has an interesting design but doesn't offer anything you can't find in the company's other portables.

3 stars Editors' rating on September 15, 2005