Video Game Consoles: Ratings of Sources
Total of 15 Sources
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Best 5 Video Game Consoles
by Jeff Bakalar
Our AssessmentCNET reviews all of the major video game consoles, and it maintains a running list of the top video game consoles on the market. Links to longer reviews offer lots of technical information, and a succinct pro/con analysis proves helpful as well.
by Editors of PCMag.com
Our AssessmentPCMag.com covers video game consoles in nicely detailed single-product reviews and the occasional multisystem roundup. This listing is said to cover the latest reviews, but a recent report on the revamped 2012 version of the Sony PlayStation 3 fails to appear. Nevertheless, reviews are suitably detailed and backed by hands-on testing. Both the Sony PlayStation 3 Slim and Microsoft Xbox 360 Slim get positive ratings, but the PS3 retains the crown as Editors' Choice.
by Editors of Engadget.com
Our AssessmentEngadget.com posts solid, test-based reviews of technology gadgets, including video game consoles. Reviews are detailed and balanced, and often fun to read, but consoles are not rated or ranked. Of all the consoles the site has reviewed, the Microsoft Xbox 360 Slim seems to receive the most praise. The latest (2012) version of the Sony PlayStation 3 is also covered, but does not fare well.
Games Accessory Reviews
by Editors of TrustedReviews.com
Our AssessmentBritain's TrustedReviews.com is an excellent source for reviews of electronics and computers. Its reviews are well detailed and based on hands-on testing. Though the Sony PlayStation 3 is well liked, the Microsoft Xbox 360 Slim alone earns a Recommended award.
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentNearly every major video game console attracts a good number of reviews at Amazon.com, albeit sometimes in older bundles or configurations, and all earn similar overall ratings. Even so, the individual reviews are helpful for uncovering long-term issues that the professional reviewers might miss. Some reviews posted to Amazon.com seem overly enthusiastic or a bit one-sided, so we give the most weight to reviews that offer balanced opinions.
by Editors of Wired
Our AssessmentAlthough the reviews at Wired are based on testing, the analysis and commentary are less detailed that at other sources we rank higher. The Xbox 360 Slim scores highest, with an overall rating of 8 out of 10. In a separate Buyer's Guide, the PlayStation 3 is identified as the most powerful console available, although that's based on the previous but very similar version.
Games Consoles Rated
by Editors of TechRadar.com
Our AssessmentTechRadar.com is a good source to check for tech reviews, and editors cover all of the major video game consoles. The site is based in Britain, so some details might differ, but performance should be similar to consoles available in the U.S. Both the Sony PlayStation 3 Slim (2012) and Microsoft Xbox 360 Slim earn positive reviews.
by Contributors to BestBuy.com
Our AssessmentBestBuy.com is another great site for user reviews of gaming consoles. Navigation is easy, and reviews include overall ratings as well as sub-ratings for value, performance, graphics and more. A bottom-line assessment of whether the reviewer would recommend the game system to a friend is also helpful and illuminating. However, most video game consoles get similar overall ratings.
Xbox 360 vs. PlayStation 3: The Hardware Throwdown
by Jesse Schedeen
Our AssessmentJesse Schedeen compares the Xbox 360 Slim and the previous version of the Sony PlayStation 3 Slim. The gaming consoles are compared on 10 technical categories, including their processors, graphics cards, video support, connectivity and more. A winner is declared for each category. In the end, the PlayStation 3 Slim wins the "hardware throwdown" with a win in seven of the 10 categories. However, this comparison is based solely on specifications, and no actual testing is done.
Motion Gaming Review: Kinect vs. Nintendo Wii vs. PlayStation
by Robert Workman
Our AssessmentRobert Workman runs downs the pros and cons of the motion control systems for each of the three major consoles. Although a bottom-line recommendation would be helpful, this article from TechNewsDaily.com is a good comparison of the three systems.
Video Game System Reviews
by Ryan Fleming
Our AssessmentDigitalTrends.com has detailed technology reviews, and editors review most of the major gaming consoles. The Microsoft Xbox 360 Slim and previous version of the PS3 Slim earn positive scores of 8 out of 10.
Opposable Thumbs / Gaming & Entertainment
by Ben Kuchera
Our AssessmentArsTechnica.com focuses mainly on games in its gaming-review section, but you can find a few console reviews here and there. Ben Kuchera's video game console reviews are worth searching for. Each report is technically sophisticated, complete and critical. Individual reviews are hard to find among the game reviews and reports on other technology products.
Readers' Choice Awards 2012
by Ben Gottesman
Our AssessmentPCMag.com surveys its readers each year to gain their opinions on a variety of tech products, including gaming consoles. The Sony PlayStation 3 earns the Readers' Choice award. That said, the Xbox 360 scored higher in most measures of gaming satisfaction, while the PS3 did well enough in other areas to simply be a "better all-purpose box."
by Editors of Pocket-Lint.com
Our AssessmentThe editors of Pocket-Lint.com, which is based in the U.K., don't review many video game consoles, but the site does have a detailed review of the Microsoft Xbox 360 Slim. The console gets a rating of 9 out of 10. A comparison of the video game console with its predecessor is also helpful for those thinking of upgrading. You'll need to do a bit of searching to find both, however, as the reviews compete for space with the many games the site has since reviewed.
Video Game Consoles
by Contributors to Newegg.com
Our AssessmentNewegg.com is a good source to check for owner-written reviews of electronics, but the site hosts fewer console reviews than Amazon.com or BestBuy.com. On the other hand, the reviews here are usually very detailed and written by users who are a little more tech savvy than those who post at the average review site.