Microsoft famously, and ferociously, entered the console gaming market with the original Xbox and the gotta-have-it original Halo. This year, it's all about the Xbox 360 and the third installment in the powerhouse action series.
While some have been critical of the new console for issues with backwards compatibility (the ability to play original Xbox games on the 360 without much hassle), Microsoft says it's continuing to address them. See the growing list of backwards-compatible games here.
All that adds to a large software library, and it's middle-of-the-road price point gives it an edge for some gamers (but check out the variety of hardware and software bundles available).
500MHz ATI graphics processor
Supports up to 4 wireless controllers
Price: $349.99 at Best Buy