You Have To Look Closely To See That This NES Is Actually a Cake

There's no shortage of wacky wedding cakes on the internet, but this creation is particularly noteworthy because until you get a good close-up look at it, it doesn't look like a cake at all. You'd swear it was a functional NES console complete with two controllers and a copy of Tetris, but in reality it's completely… » 3/17/15 4:31pm 3/17/15 4:31pm

Steam Machines Are Back

When I heard Valve wanted to take over the living room, I didn't believe it. When the rumors came true, I didn't think it could be done. When Valve failed to deliver Steam Machines last fall, I felt vindicated. Now, a year later, it's happening. I've tried them. I'm about to eat my words. » 3/05/15 5:13pm 3/05/15 5:13pm

Nvidia Shield Console Hands-On: Yep, That's One Sleek Set Top Box

The first Nvidia Shield was a gaming handheld. The second was a powerful Android tablet. Now, Nvidia's going full game console. The new Nvidia Shield is a $200 set-top-box running Android TV, but it's more than that. It's a game console poweful enough to play a port of Crysis 3. And at first blush, it sure feels like… » 3/03/15 11:40pm 3/03/15 11:40pm

Important PSA: Update Gadget Gifts Before You Wrap Them

So you pulled out the big guns and you got your son (age 27 or otherwise) a console. You're justifiably excited about the Christmas morning surprise, but there's one thing you must absolutely remember to take care of before you wrap that gadget gift: Update the firmware. Trust us. » 12/24/14 2:00pm 12/24/14 2:00pm

This Wooden All-in-One Neo Geo Arcade System Is an Absolute Work Of Art

The last time we lusted over a cloned video game console it wasn't some cheap plastic knock-off from Taiwan, it was the Analogue Nt, a perfect NES homage made from a solid block of aluminum. And now the Analogue Nt's creators are back with a new creation that sees a classic Neo Geo arcade system elegantly packed into… » 11/17/14 9:01am 11/17/14 9:01am

How To Get The Sharpest Images Possible Out Of Your Old Consoles

If you've tried playing a retro console on a modern HDTV, you may not have liked what you saw — smeary, stretched images that are a far cry from the sharp chunky blocks of yesteryear. Luckily, there's a better way for purists to get a crystal clear image that doesn't involve buying an old CRT TV. » 8/26/14 4:58pm 8/26/14 4:58pm

LeapFrog LeapTV: A Wii-Plus-Kinect Mashup For Kids

Video games aren't always suitable for young kids—some decidedly so. But try explaining to a five-year-old why the Xbox is a grownup device and you'll end up in an endless spiral of "but why?" LeapFrog's new LeapTV aims to change that, with a gaming console built just for kids age three to eight. » 7/15/14 1:00pm 7/15/14 1:00pm

A New Xbox Ad Is Turning on Consoles By Accident

The Xbox One has a new advert starring Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul. Standard. But what is strange is that as he shouts "Xbox On" near its start, consoles around the world are firing up. » 6/13/14 4:21am 6/13/14 4:21am

China Finally Suspends Its Ban on Foreign Game Consoles

After 14 years of prohibition, the Chinese government has lifted a ban on the sale of foreign consoles inside the country's border. This opens the door for Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony to tap in the multi-billion market—though the companies have already admitted it won't be easy. » 1/07/14 4:20pm 1/07/14 4:20pm

You Know What? I'm Getting a Wii U

In this corner, the Xbox One, with its (mostly) all-knowing Kinect. In the opposite, the PS4, with hardcore gamer cred to spare. If you listen to most pundits—including us!—that's the full reckoning of the battle for your console dollars. Me? I'm buying a Wii U. And maybe you should, too. » 11/22/13 12:05pm 11/22/13 12:05pm

Xbox One or PS4?

The next generation of gaming consoles is finally, finally here. The PS4 and the Xbox One are both lovely in their own lovely ways, but you'd be crazy to get both. So which one—if any—do you pick? » 11/20/13 11:30am 11/20/13 11:30am

Xbox One Review: Absolutely Amazing (When It Works)

Eight years later, the Xbox 360's successor—and Microsoft's latest bid to take over your living room—is here. Somehow it's both worth the wait and quite not fully baked. » 11/20/13 12:00am 11/20/13 12:00am

PS4 Teardown: Beautiful Outside, Tidy Inside

Deconstructed Gaming Controllers Reveal Gorgeous Old School Guts

Above, you're looking at the surgically disassembled guts of an old Jaguar controller, the short-lived console originally released by Atari in 1993. It's a thing of beauty, and just one of a series that's equal parts nostalgia and drool. » 11/14/13 2:02pm 11/14/13 2:02pm

Ask Us Anything About the PS4

We have a PS4! We gave our first impressions here, but we're still poking and prodding at it as more features become available. So tell us: What do you want to know about Sony's next generation console? » 11/13/13 9:09am 11/13/13 9:09am

You Could Accidentally Swallow the World's Smallest Atari

Forget your old Game Boy, Game Gear, or even your smartphone; when it comes to compact gaming hardware, Adam from SheekGeek's got everyone beat. Using the tiny display from an old Sony viewfinder and an all-in-one Atari joystick, he created what is easily the world's smallest game console, putting even a Tamagotchi… » 11/08/13 4:40pm 11/08/13 4:40pm

The Real Reason the PS4's Guts Blow the PS3 Away

The hardware inside the PlayStation 4 is quite obviously more powerful than that of its eight-year-old predecessor. But Sony's newest console owes more to its success than just specs. As Wired found in an in-depth look at how the PS4 was designed, it has the creator of Marble Madness to thank. » 11/07/13 7:20am 11/07/13 7:20am

Here's Your First Look at Valve's Prototype Steam Box

Details have been dribbling out bout the Valve's new push into living room gaming. First we got the announcement, then the specs, and now the first prototype boxes are showing up in the wild. » 11/04/13 11:11am 11/04/13 11:11am

A Handheld Gaming Console You Can Build and Program Yourself

It's about as far from a Nintendo 3DS or PS Vita as you can get when it comes to the latest in handheld gaming consoles, but the DIY Gamer Kit from Technology Will Save Us comes with one features those devices don't: The satisfaction that you built it yourself. And not only do you have to assemble, wire, and solder… » 10/23/13 9:20am 10/23/13 9:20am