Editors' Choice

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
User Score 8

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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
User Score 0

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
User Score 0

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
User Score 8

Sony PlayStation 4 Review

  • Powerful hardware hasn’t even reached its full…
  • Much-improved DualShock 4 controller
  • Multitasking allows background downloads, music…
  • Sharing content is simple
  • Justifies owning a Vita
  • Many features still on the way, like Gaikai…
  • Baffling lack of DLNA and MP3 support
Our Score 9
User Score 0

Ouya Review

  • Sleek and attractive compact design
  • Great for modders and indie devs
  • Inexpensive games, all with playable demos
  • The possibility of a huge number of exclusive…
  • Disorganized menus and notifications
  • You get less than with a smartphone
  • Limited Launch Library
  • No access to Google Play
Our Score 6.5
User Score 0

Nintendo Wii U Review

  • A fresh, original way to look at gaming
  • GamePad means previous released best-sellers can…
  • Can play console-quality games on the GamePad…
  • Miiverse is a ready-made community
  • Backwards compatibility with Wii games…
  • Much of the software has been delayed
  • Short battery life on GamePad
  • Relatively high price compared to rivals
  • Won’t play Blu-rays or DVDs, and does not have…
  • No networking abilities
  • Tiny internal hard drive forces you to buy more…
  • Several promised online functions are not…
Our Score 8
User Score 8

Nintendo 3DS XL Review

  • Much bigger 3D display
  • Larger touchscreen is easier to use
  • Better, more ergonomic design
  • Adding a right thumb stick would have made sense
  • $30 more than original 3DS
  • Software library is still weak
Our Score 8
User Score 7

Sony PlayStation Vita Review

  • Beautiful OLED display
  • Responsive touchscreen
  • Dual analog sticks
  • Powerful hardware means huge potential
  • Weak battery life
  • Browser lacks Flash or HTML5 support
  • Hidden costs boost the price
Our Score 8.5
User Score 5