AT A GLANCE
Involving gameplay and graphics
Powerful Smart TV features
Wide range of remote control options
Features may be overkill for some
No DVR control
Microsoft’s next-gen console is a home entertainment powerhouse. Games, movies, music—it’s got it all.
Microsoft wants to take over the living room. OK, maybe that premise isn’t exactly new. About 10 years ago, tech pundits used the same words when discussing the Windows Media Center PC, an all-in-one solution that combined computing and home entertainment in a big, ungainly box. You don’t hear much about Microsoft’s Media Center PC ambitions anymore. What you do hear about is the Xbox One, the latest version of the company’s successful game console. And yes, Microsoft still wants to take over the living room, except now they plan to do so through the Xbox One.