There are pros and cons to every game system out there. What’s best for you? It’s up to you to decide.
Features: Two screens; WiFi wireless; touch-sensitive screen. Plays Game Boy Advance and DS games.
The Good: This best-selling system has a huge library of games. Rechargeable battery can last up to 19 hours. Good price.
The Not So Good: Least powerful of the new systems, with poorest graphics. Holding system and using stylus can be clumsy.
Features: High-resolution wide screen; WiFi. Plays games and movies on mini DVDs called UMDs.
The Good: The nicest screen ever included in a handheld. UMDs make for bigger and better looking games.
The Not So Good: Smaller and often disappointing library of games. System and games designed more for adults.
Cost: $400 for 40 GB hard drive. $500 for 80 GB hard drive.
Features: Plays games and movies on Blu-Ray and DVD disks; WiFi. Backward compatible to PS2; wireless controllers.
The Good: The most powerful game system ever made; games look great. Many online options.
The Not So Good: Costs nearly twice as much as other systems. Few games released for 2007; most are for adults. Some problems with backward compatibility.
Features: Uses wireless motion-tracking controller called Wii-mote: WiFi; backward compatible to GameCube.
The Good: Wii-mote is unique. Comes with Wii Sports. Better backward compatibility than PS3 or Xbox 360. Family-friendly library and excellent classic games through online service.
The Not So Good: By far the least powerful of the new consoles. Few must-have games, and Nintendo has announced few future games than Microsoft or Sony. Does not play movies.
Cost: $280 for Xbox 360 Arcade (256MB memory unit); $350 for Xbox 360 Premium (20 GB hard drive); $450 for Xbox 360 Elite (120 GB hard drive).
Features: Uses wireless controllers; plays games and movies on DVD; Internet connectivity.
The Good: Largest game library. Best online offerings. Can play high-def DVD movies.
The Not So Good: Severe overheating problems. Limited backward compatibility. System and games generally designed for adults.