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Sony PlayStation 4 Slim

The PS4 Slim is a deja vu game console: great for gamers on a budget, not quite as good as the PS4 Pro and skippable for any existing PlayStation 4 owner.

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.

Sony PlayStation 4 Pro

The PlayStation 4 Pro only shows noticeable improvements in a limited number of the games we were able to test, but that could change with titles coming in the months and years ahead.

Nintendo Switch Lite

The lower-cost Switch Lite is a great handheld game system, but it lacks some extras you may miss from the Switch.

Nintendo NES Classic Edition

The NES Classic is a great self-contained mini console that plays 30 of the best NES games ever made -- but Switch owners will be able to play many of the same titles later this year.

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Sega Genesis Mini

If you've been dreaming of bringing a Sega Genesis back into your house, this is a fantastic retro box full of classic games that will do it to perfection.

Microsoft Xbox One X

Xbox One X lays a credible claim to the title of most powerful game console ever, but it has an uphill battle for your gaming dollar, especially if you already own an original Xbox One.

Nintendo Wii Mini

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.

Atari Flashback 8 Gold

The latest Atari 2600 retro console from AtGames offers dozens of Atari 2600 games in a box with HDMI output and wireless controllers.

New Nintendo 2DS XL

It doesn't bring anything new to the table, but the new 2DS XL delivers a fantastic Nintendo portable gaming experience at a great price.

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.

Microsoft Xbox One S

The Xbox One S is the console Microsoft should have delivered three years ago, but there's little reason to upgrade if you already own the original box.

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.

Nintendo Wii U

The Wii U is good for Nintendo lovers and great for families, but hold out for the Switch, the Wii U's imminent successor.

Nintendo 2DS

With a new low price, the 2DS offers a huge array of compelling games and makes for a great entry-level system for uninitiated first-time gamers.

Sony PlayStation 3

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.

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.

OnLive

The OnLive service streams games to your computer, TV or tablet. It's a really cool concept that we'd recommend checking out, although the games selection isn't amazing, and occasional lag may spoil your fun.

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