Microsoft's Xbox One, Sony's PlayStation 4 and Nintendo's Wii U are the biggest players in the video game market. These next-gen gaming consoles deliver speed, high-end graphics and plenty of media features.
But each console also has its own must-have features and exclusive games. So which one is right for your family?
Speed and storage
Let's start with the Xbox One and PS4, which just landed in stores last month. The most obvious difference between the two consoles is price. The base price for the Xbox One is $499 - a full $100 more than the PS4's $399 price tag.
Under the hood, the PS4 and Xbox One have a lot in common. Both consoles have 500 gigabyte hard drives, 8 gigabytes of RAM and pack speedy eight-core AMD processors.
But where the Xbox uses DDR3 memory, the PS4 uses GDDR5 - a type of high-performance memory that is better at handling graphics. So, if your family plans on playing lots of graphics-heavy games, the PS4 has the edge.