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PlayStation 4

Xbox One

Wii U

New 3DS XL

Alienware Alpha PC

Asus G751

Bloodborne (PS4)

Battlefield Hardline

The hottest ticket in consoles is still on most gamers' short list of must have items.

The PlayStation 4's beautiful graphics, smart interface, blazing performance, near-perfect controller and better indie offerings give it a slight edge over the Xbox One as both consoles enter their second year.

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While the PS4 remains our overall pick in the next-gen console battle, the Xbox One's significant first-year changes make it a better deal than ever, and a much better bargain than when it first debuted.

Don't forget, regardless of which one we think is better, if all your friends play on Xbox One, it will be first on your list.

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Maybe the game addict in your life already owns an Xbox One or PS4. So why not surprise him or her with a Wii U?

Nintendo's console has overcome many of its original growing pains to deliver a unique gaming experience. It's chock full of exclusive titles such as Super Smash Bros and Bayonetta 2 -- not to mention a long list of great downloadable retro Mario and Zelda titles that you can't get on any other current home console.

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The 3DS XL's improved 3D head-tracking is a big step up and its performance boost makes a noticeable difference.

If the person you're buying for is going to be travelling a lot, the 3DS XL is the best Nintendo portable to get.

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The bold Alienware Alpha makes good on its promise to meld the gaming PC and living room game console. It's a little more expensive than a console though, starting at £449.

Many gamers prefer the PC gaming experience over mainstream consoles -- and they'll like that they can take their PC exclusive games to the living room. It even works with a standard Xbox 360 controller.

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If you're buying a gift for a cutting-edge gamer, he or she is going to need cutting-edge hardware.

One of the first laptops that can drive games at 4K resolutions, at around £1,000 the Asus G751 is an expensive but capable alternative to gaming desktops.

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Meticulously designed for a very specific hardcore audience, Bloodborne (PS4 only) is a marvel along those parameters.

If you know someone who's looking for a challenge, this is the game for them.

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Battlefield Hardline plays more like a cable-TV cop drama than the traditional Battlefield military shooter, and the new approach is a welcome one. The narrative oozes good-cop-bad-cop cheese, but it's a fresh enough take on storytelling to make it a great choice for fans of first person shooter (FPS) games.

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