Games Console of the Year 2016 (Reader-voted)

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The PlayStation 4 is already crushing it this console generation, offering the best exclusive games, best performance, and best price out the gate. So what did Sony do? Make the machine a whole lot better. The PlayStation 4 Pro doesn't replace the three-year-old core console, which still has a lot of life left in it, but it does bring big enhancements for power players.Bumping games into 4K, both natively and through clever upscaling, brings out a ton more detail and makes showcase titles look even more spectacular. And thanks to the added power of the console, PlayStation VR experiences will be even smoother and more immersive, helping Sony's cheaper headset compete with the PC powerhouses. Microsoft's Project Scorpio will probably put up a strong fight next year, but for now, the PS4 Pro is the home console of choice for cutting edge gaming at a reasonable price.

The runners-up

For the ultimate VR experience, you have to try the Vive: its room-scale approach has you up and moving, and the immersive fun is incredible. You'll pay plenty for it, however, as the price tag shows.

The revised Xbox One brings some massive improvements to both looks and capabilities: 4K streaming and Blu-ray movies, plus HDR and 4K upscaling. A big upgrade over the original.

Who knew the NES would rule Christmas in 2016? The NX is still months out, but Nintendo has loaded 30 games on to a tiny, HDMI-equipped box for an awesome way to revisit gaming's classic era.

It's the name synonymous with VR, and the Rift's consumer headset impresses with great hardware and polished games. Plus, the upcoming Touch controllers will only amplify the immersion.

Sony's VR strategy doesn't need a high-end PC, only a PS4: this living-room headset is superbly comfortable, cheaper than the competition, and has the most exciting early game selection too.