Take these estimates with grains of salt
Front-facing cameras can allow video chat and novel gameplay
Mobile performance is quickly catching up
The Wii U is the smallest home console, while the 3DS XL has the smallest surface area of the portables
The Vita should provide the sharpest visuals
Master Chief, Nathan Drake, Mario, Sackboy, or Siris?
GPUs are tricky to compare, but the Xbox 360 wins the polygon war
How do the hottest gaming consoles stack up?
All the systems provide some form of motion control
The old home consoles still offer the most storage
The Vita is the lightest portable
Only the Vita and iPad mini offer (more expensive) wireless data options
Wii U is the RAM champ
Every system offers some form of backwards compatibility
When opening gifts, there's nothing quite like receiving a gaming system. After peeling back the wrapping, visions of epic battles, bouncy plumbers, and buzzer-beating shots dance through your head. If you want to create that exhilaration this year, you have a couple of familiar options, and several new ones. Let's take a look at the top game consoles for the 2012 shopping season.
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