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We review hundreds of products in a wide range of categories each year. Here's the best of the best in video game systems.

Microsoft Xbox One review

Microsoft's Xbox One represents a massive forward step for the console-maker's gaming technology, with souped up innards complemented by a newly useful Kinect. See Full Review »

Our Score 8.5

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Nintendo Switch Review

  • Hybrid home/portable console
  • Sharp display
  • Unique multi-scheme controller
  • Intuitive design
  • Great Nintendo games
  • Poor battery life/storage
  • Some controller options don’t feel good during…
  • Third-party developer support is thin
Our Score 8

Sony PlayStation 4 Pro Review

  • 4K gaming for less than $500
  • Improves visuals on select PlayStation VR titles
  • Makes all games run slightly better than standard…
  • Looks good even on 1080p TVs
  • Supports all PS4 games
  • HDR can be very difficult to set up
  • Very few titles offer 4K support at launch
  • No 4K Blu-ray Player
Our Score 7

Nintendo NES Classic Edition Review

  • Great recreation of the NES experience
  • Amazing value
  • Access to lots of classic games without an…
  • Easy to use
  • CRT mode adds a unique retro look
  • Short controller cable length
  • No Power and menu “home” buttons on the…
  • Minor framerate and screen-tearing issues on some…
Our Score 8

Sony PlayStation 4 Slim Review

  • Faster Wi-Fi can make a big difference
  • Smaller chassis with fun design
  • Same great PS4 game library
  • More affordable than ever
  • No more optical port
  • More powerful PS4 console coming soon
Our Score 8

Microsoft Xbox One S Review

  • Slick new look
  • Strong input/output selection
  • Ultra HD Blu-ray support
  • Enhanced compatibility with Windows 10
  • Attractive pricing
  • Not as small as expected
  • Hardware still slower than PlayStation 4
  • Cortana is disappointing
Our Score 7

New Nintendo 3DS XL Review

  • Excellent glasses-free 3D
  • New guts theoretically promise more technically…
  • Existing 3DS catalog enhanced by new improvements
  • No proprietary cord for charging out of the box…
  • Extra tools required to swap storage cards
  • Convoluted system transfer process from older…
Our Score 6

Sony PlayStation Vita Slim Review

  • Lighter and slimmer
  • Longer battery life
  • Better access to touchscreen and touch pad
  • OLED screen replaced by LCD
  • No major upgrades
  • Still costs $200
  • Forcibly bundled with Borderlands 2
  • Forcibly bundled with 8GB card
Our Score 8

Microsoft Xbox One Review

  • Powerful OS is user-friendly and built for…
  • Kinect v2's well-implemented voice recognition is…
  • Improved internal hardware translates to smooth…
  • Cable box interconnectivity is great for TV…
  • Limited, occasionally non-intuitive voice commands…
  • Bulky, hefty form factor
  • Snap same-screen multitasking is debatably useful
Our Score 8.5