Xbox One and PlayStation 4: Beyond gaming (The Next Big Thing, Episode 4)

The new game consoles lead their makers against Apple, we mourn the end of the best TV in the world, and will 3D printing really become a household trend?

Awaiting you in this episode:

Game consoles almost need to shed the word 'game.'
They are still masterful at gaming, but so much more is coming in terms of broadcast TV, online video, and communication that they are moving to the center of the living room. We'll take a look at how consoles win over incumbent technologies that already do all that and cost much less.

Plasma televisions are our favorite. Too bad they appear to be dying.
The market has swung hard to LED LCD and it's still too early for OLED to make a dent. We'll talk about why plasma is fading and why it isn't the first technology to do so. (Meanwhile, go snap one up!)

3D printing is in a hype cycle.
Yet, at the same time, you probably don't fully know about its potential. That paradox is brought about, I think, by the unlikelihood that we will all have one in our homes in spite of their ability to revolutionize "making."

E-mail me your thoughts and suggestions. Thanks for watching The Next Big Thing.

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Microsoft Xbox One

The Bottom Line: The Xbox One goes beyond gaming with its ambitious live TV integration, but at launch it can't deliver a knockout blow to the PS4 due to a higher price and uneven voice control. We suggest you wait for improvements, but for now, the Xbox One is better suited to forgiving early adopters. / Read full review

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Makerbot Replicator 2X

Going further up the pricing scale, MakerBot's new two-color 3D printer is one of the most exciting products in its category. / Read full review

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Sony PlayStation 4

The Bottom Line: The PlayStation 4's beautiful graphics, blazing interface, near-perfect controller, and lower price give it a slight edge on the Xbox One -- for now. / Read full review

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Panasonic TC-P55ST60

The Bottom Line: The midlevel price and outstanding quality of the Panasonic TC-PST60 series make it our strongest TV recommendation ever. / Read full review

About the author

Brian Cooley joined CNET in 1995 and always comes at technology from the real consumer's point of view. He brings his high energy, often skeptical style to all avenues of CNET coverage, with an emphasis on car tech. You'll also find him frequently on television, radio and the TV screens at Costco!

 

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