Is Xbox One a breakthrough product of the year? According to the long-running technology magazine and website Popular Mechanics, Microsoft's next-gen console is not only a breakthrough product but is also the only gaming device listed.
Included with such consumer products as the Makerbot 3D Digitizer, Pebble Watch and BWM 3i, the Xbox One is listed as one of 2013's most innovative and transformative products by Popular Mechanics in part thanks to the upgraded and packed-in Kinect sensor.
"Some products are evolutionary, others are revolutionary. The Xbox One is both," the Logan Ward of Popular Mechanics writes. "The most notable improvement is the new Kinect sensor, which is integral to the operation of the console. It can see in total darkness, track the fine movements of your hands and muscles, and even sense your heartbeat. Gamers may have taken issue with the Xbox One's price ($500) and paywall restrictions (some features require a $50 per year subscription), but technologically it's a huge upgrade from its predecessor. The platform is so advanced that developers have barely begun to grasp all its possibilities."
Sony's Playstation 4 is not listed at all and this makes the second time that the Xbox One has made a list that the competing console has not. The first was with the Toys R Us "Fabulous 15" toy list for 2013.
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