The cheaper, no-Kinect version of the Xbox One gives buyers a better deal by eliminating the one part of the console they probably didn't want to begin with -- but the PS4 remains a compelling alternative.
The Xbox One Media Remote is a must-have accessory that makes it much easier to accept a gaming console as the hub of your living room.
Roku's Streaming Stick offers tons of apps, a real remote, and a compact design for just $50, but the slow bootup times of some key apps keep it from being the ultimate streamer.
The Roku 1 offers the same excellent experience that's found on other Roku boxes at a new low price, but there aren't many reasons to choose it over the new Streaming Stick or step-up Roku boxes.
The streaming-video box added an integrated news service to its home screen, giving users quick access to videos from the likes of the Wall Street Journal, Reuters, BBCNews and ET through AOL's On network.
Its high price and imperfect voice control and TV integration keep the Xbox One short of must-have territory, but the inclusion of Titanfall for free (for new purchases) helps Microsoft's console hold the line against Sony's compelling PS4.
If we had Bruce Wayne's billions, this Batcave would be our luxury entertainment room of choice.
The Roku LT is the best budget streaming-media device, easily topping the $35 Chromecast.
The Roku 2 offers tons of content sources and an innovative remote with built-in headphone jack for just $80, but the Roku 3 is still our favorite pick.
The $299 media center, which will be available Sunday, runs Android and works only with Samsung mobile devices.