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Microsoft Xbox 360 S (250GB)

Microsoft Xbox 360 S (250GB)
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Sony PlayStation 2 Slim

Sony PlayStation 2 Slim
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Sony PlayStation 3 (80GB)

Sony PlayStation 3 (80GB)
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Nintendo Wii U Basic Set

Nintendo Wii U Basic Set
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Price $250 at 1 store $135 to $142 at 2 stores $400 at 1 store $298 at 1 store
CNET editors' rating
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.6 (4.0 stars)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.7 (3.5 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.7 (4.0 stars)
3.0 stars Good
    Overall score: 6.0 (3.0 stars)
Average user rating 3.5 stars out of 106 reviews 3.5 stars out of 157 reviews 4.0 stars out of 141 reviews 4.0 stars out of 5 reviews
Release date June 23, 2010 November 01, 2004 August 01, 2008 November 18, 2012
The Bottom Line 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. Sony's slimmed-down, network-ready PS2 is a welcome update to the world's most popular video game console. 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. 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.

Basic specs

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Video RAM installed Info unavailable 4 MB
256 MB
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Max resolution (external) [Jul 2, 2008 from CDS: Video Output] 1920 x 1080
1280 x 1024
1920 x 1080
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Service & support type Info unavailable 1 year warranty
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Processor type Info unavailable Emotion Engine
Cell Broadband Engine
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Graphics Processor Info unavailable Info unavailable NVIDIA RSX
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Media Type DVD
DVD
Flash memory card
Blu-ray
Nintendo Wii disc
Nintendo Wii U disc
RAM installed size Info unavailable 32 MB
256 MB
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