The Bottom Line: 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. Read review
Specs: - Game console
The Bottom Line: 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. Read review
Specs: Sony PlayStation 3 - Game console, Blu-ray, IBM Cell Broadband Engine, Charcoal black
Specs: - Game console, IBM, 256 MB, Charcoal black
The Bottom Line: In the face of stiff competition from smart phone and tablet gaming, we were hoping for something more audacious from Sony's Vita revamp. The Vita Slim is still a powerful, portable games machine however -- just watch out for those pricey, proprietary memory cards. Owners of the original shouldn't worry about upgrading, but if there are Vita-specific titles you've been hankering to play for a while now, this is a good time to get involved. Read review
Specs: - Handheld game console
The Bottom Line: The latest PS3 slims down to its smallest size ever while retaining
everything we like -- and a few things we don't -- about the
PlayStation 3 gaming console. Read review
Specs: Microsoft Xbox 360 Elite - Game console, DVD, IBM PowerPC 3 cores 3.2 GHz, 512 MB ( 512 MB ) GDDR3 SDRAM - Integrated, Red, 1920 x 1080
The Bottom Line: 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. Read review
Specs: Nintendo Wii U - Game console, Nintendo Wii disc, Nintendo Wii U disc, IBM, Black
The Bottom Line: The high-end Sony PlayStation 3's larger hard drive and ability to play PS2 games makes it a worthwhile alternative to the cheaper model--so long as you're willing to wait several months for the more promising exclusive titles to hit store shelves. If backward compatibility is your top priority, this hard-to-find model may be worth the search. Read review
Specs: - Game console, Sony PlayStation 3, Flash memory card, Blu-ray, IBM Cell 3.2 GHz, XDR DRAM, 256 MB - Integrated, Black, 1920 x 1080
Specs: Sony PlayStation 3 Slim - Game console, Blu-ray, IBM Cell Broadband Engine, 256 MB XDRAM - Integrated, Charcoal black, 1920 x 1080
The Bottom Line: 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. Read review
Specs: Sony PlayStation Vita - Handheld game console, PlayStation Vita card, Flash memory card, Data path width=, ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore, 960 x 544
Specs: Sony PlayStation 2 - Game console, DVD, Toshiba & Sony Emotion Engine 294.9 MHz, 32 MB RDRAM (RAMBUS) - Integrated, Ceramic white, 32-bit color / 1280 x 1024
The Bottom Line: While Sony has cut a few corners to get its entry-level PlayStation 3 below $400, it's still a great game console and Blu-ray player for the money--so long as you can live without backward compatibility for PS2 games. Read review
Specs: Sony PlayStation 3 - Game console, Blu-ray, Cell Broadband Engine, 256 MB - Integrated, Black, 1920 x 1080
Specs: Microsoft Xbox 360 S - Game console, DVD, Matte black, 1920 x 1080
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