7: Microsoft Xbox One
Microsoft and Sony both launched major new game consoles this year, but Microsoft’s Xbox One makes our list because it’s a complete home-entertainment system that caters as much to our love for TV and movies as it does to gaming.
The launch titles—including Forza Motorsport 5, Ryse: Son of Rome, and Dead Rising 3—make excellent use of the platform. The hardware itself integrates easily into the rest of the gear in our home-entertainment system, and we can control everything with voice commands.
The new console needs some minor tune-ups—the hand-gesture navigation is particularly annoying—but Microsoft nailed the hardware. The Xbox One will only get better over time.