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Group test: what's the best games console?

The best portable and set-top games consoles you can buy

PC Advisor reviews the best games consoles you can buy in the UK right now.

5. Xbox 360 Elite

If you haven't jumped on the Xbox bandwagon just yet, but had planned to (Halo 3, anyone?), the Xbox 360 Elite merits your consideration. The inclusion of the 120GB hard drive, HDMI, and full 1080p support may make this console pricey, but it's also a much more attractive option than its predecessor.

4. Nintendo Wii

Those looking for HD graphics and Blu-ray capabilities should wait for the PS3. But we think the Nintendo Wii, a fun console with a refreshingly different controller, will have a wide appeal – especially among casual gamers.

3. PlayStation Vita

As with any new gaming platform, the key to success for the PlayStation Vita is the development of sufficient great games, but we like the design and build of the Vita.

2. Sony PlayStation 3 Slim

As Blu-ray players go, the original PS3 was competitively priced. With a slimmer profile, lower price and lower power consumption, the PlayStation 3 Slim (120GB) is arguably the one to beat. Factor in games, social networking features such as PlayStation Home, music and custom video playback, web surfing, and picture browsing, and this may be the best-value Sony game system yet.

1. Xbox 360

It's hard not to be impressed by the Xbox 360. With its high-def output, beautiful wireless controllers and amazing graphical prowess, it's a gamer's dream. Take into account all the additional functionality (Media Center Extender, Xbox Live Arcade, built-in Breville sandwich toaster) and it's an absolute steal. You can either buy this now, or wait for Sony to come good on its promises for PS3. I know which I'd choose.

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