Xbox One named a top "breakthrough" product of 2013

Popular Mechanics magazine calls Xbox One both evolutionary and revolutionary; Oculus VR founder named to list of innovators who changed the world in 2013.

Popular Mechanics has published its "The 10 Breakthrough Products of 2013" list, naming the Xbox One as one of the "most innovative and transformative" products of the year.

"Some products are evolutionary, others are revolutionary. The Xbox One is both," the magazine wrote about the Xbox One.

Popular Mechanics said the Xbox One's most notable improvement is its Kinect camera, which can see in total darkness, understand two people speaking simultaneously, and track up to six people at once.

"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 magazine said. "The platform is so advanced that developers have barely begun to grasp all its possibilities."

Other products named to the list include the crowdfunded Pebble Watch, Cub Cadet RZT-S Zero Mower, Seiki 50-Inch 4K TV, and BMW i3 electric car. No other gaming devices were included in the publication's list of breakthrough products.

The Xbox One launches on November 22 for $500.

Separately, Popular Mechanics named 21-year-old Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey to its list of "10 Innovators Who Changed The World In 2013." Palmer Luckey is obsessive about virtual reality. No other game industry professionals were included on that list.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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Sarg1010
Sarg1010

If the Xbone is "revolutionary", then there are tons of "revolutions" every year with PC part companies making newer and better parts.

JulyAeon
JulyAeon

I strongly dislike the awards cookie give away and slapping your own back habits before the products go on the shelfs.  The proof is in eating the pudding and only then comes the appraisal, by the masses it was intented to.  Lets talk about this next year.

djmellowd
djmellowd

OH YES IT IS!!! XBOX ONE IS COMING!!!

MeteorPolice
MeteorPolice

Better be careful what you write on here in case Microsoft have you done for thought crime... Xbox is watching you

Algearond
Algearond

Sounds about right too me......but I like the direction M$haft is taking as far as it being an all in one media center.

dysonlu
dysonlu

Windows 8 and Surface were named breakthroughs in 2012.   Enough said.

barrica
barrica

This award should be given to Steam!

keech
keech

So a product that isn't on the market, and functionality is largely untested is on a top 10 list of breakthrough products of 2013?  I'm not usually one to ask how much did MS pay to get on that list but come on.  The Xbox One is wildly out of place on that list compared to the rest of it.

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

Wow. Looks like it's been a slow year for breakthrough products. How much of a breakthrough can it be if no one particularly wants one?

Garm31
Garm31

'Xbox One named a top "breakthrough" product of 2013' according to Blind, Deaf & Dumb Magazine.

so_hai
so_hai

Nothing drums up interest for a console like having it appear with a mower.

slainta
slainta

Oh well, if the mechanics say so… Next time let's ask the opinion of "Daily gardner" or DIY Magazine… smh..

GuillermoX
GuillermoX

Haha guess those guys haven't been paying attention :)

anigmha
anigmha

Scroll down for a plethora of butthurt.

ncogneegro
ncogneegro

I agree with Popular MEchanics.  This is great technology.  Too bad no ONE WANTS THAT SHIT IN THEIR LIVING ROOM!!!!  A console built on Cloud-based data sharing, with a MANDATORY camera that can see in the dark, track movement and facial expressions.  

Are you KIDDING ME?!

tightwad34
tightwad34

Way to add unnecessary fuel. I just wish all the fanboys and people involved know that it's always going to be subjective, but I have to question how many of them even know what that truly means. Then I have to realize it's human nature to act like that and how little hope I have for humanity because of things like that.

Veenox
Veenox

Please, please stop GameSpot.

Incubus420
Incubus420

I'm a Sony fanboy, but I bet the Xbox One will def be worth getting one of these days.  My only issues is that I just want to be able to make-out with my girlfriend without fear of being watched. You all know that will get hacked just as fast as apples fingerprint scanner was.  

greenaj
greenaj

So many mad fanboys in here...MWUHAHAHA

gavnation00
gavnation00

Oh please. There is nothing special here. I enjoyed the XBOX: 360 and after a few years of that I moved to PC. And the XBOX One isn't that innovative. I mean sure it has its cool new things but the PC is still ahead in this "console war". And with the Steam Machine coming out I hope to see a new audience for PC gaming and new competition for consoles.

RighteousNixon
RighteousNixon

No news here. MS has been the real innovator in the console market since it released the original XBox. Online gaming, digital distribution through an online store, Xbox Live Arcade games, achievements, movies and TV shows through a console, etc. The list goes on and on. MS innovates and Sony winds up adopting the popular features at a later date. Don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with Sony choosing to go this route and in all honesty, it makes perfect sense given the HUGE difference between these companies in regards to cash flow. Sony simply doesn't have the cash or resources that MS does, not even close. So its actually a pretty smart road to take for Sony, monetarily speaking. Still, at the end of the day, it should be MS's consoles that get the recognition in regards to innovation.

Rafficus_III
Rafficus_III

Yes, it is great tech... buuuuut Devs don't know what to do with it and as a result it just becomes gimmicky leaving it undesired by gamers. The tech is dandy and all, but no one wants to play with a fancy piece of equipment if there isn't an incentive to use it beyond it's specs.

theomegaforce70941
theomegaforce70941

Here's a good question!


How much did M$ pay to be the top breakthrough of 2013!?! 

Snakepond1
Snakepond1

I know it's the in thing to rip on Xbox One, but I do find it interesting none the less. I can't wait for both consoles to release and then the real test begins. Right now, no one knows the capabilities of each system.

Joshuavil
Joshuavil

@PlatinumPaladin If you can look past all the hate blurring your mind, you'll realize that this is really impressive technology. Don't know if this will be the future of gaming but it'll be the future in other aspects of our lifes. They're already implementing this kind of technologie in prototypes of the future cars. Those cars will know if the driver is falling asleep or if he's not paying attention to the road. I'ts amazing that this tech is arriving already to the costumer at an affordable price tag.

zoopsat
zoopsat

@ncogneegro I guess a lot of people don't want mandatory cameras in their phones too. 

TeejayMac88
TeejayMac88

@Incubus420 No one wants to watch that anyway. Microsoft has much better things to worry about than watching you fool around with your ugly girlfriend or smoke pot in your basement.

tightwad34
tightwad34

@greenaj Yeah, they can't resist and are becoming some of the stupidest people on the planet, ALL of them.

TeejayMac88
TeejayMac88

@gavnation00 PC isn't anywhere near ahead. Look at the sales for third party games on consoles and PC. It isn't even close. What's it like being completely delusional? I think something that is able to do everything in your living room on one machine without ever picking up a controller or changing your TV input is pretty damn innovative.

Duke_51
Duke_51

@RighteousNixon It's smart of Sony because they tried the "all in one box" approach with the PS3 and they failed miserably. Not saying this will be the case with XBone, but I don't think I'm alone in just wanting a machine to play videogames.

But hey, maybe it'll work for Microsoft.

TeejayMac88
TeejayMac88

@Rafficus_III The thing is with everyone owning the Kinect, it becomes worthwhile for developers to design around it. In the current gen most games didn't bother because the amount of users that owned and used one was paltry.

SipahSalar
SipahSalar

@Snakepond1 Thats bs. We already know the ps4 will be much more powerful than xbox1. There wont be much improvement in the xbox on release, maybe a diff of 19/20

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

@Joshuavil @PlatinumPaladin The tech you speak of has been in certain cars for a couple of years now, so that's hardly anything new. The XBone is a games machine where the gaming seems to be taking a back-seat to a shit tonne of fancy gimmicks. Did anyone ask for any of this stuff? Do we need any of it in a games machine? Breakthrough technologies help meet a need or a demand.

Duke_51
Duke_51

@TeejayMac88 @gavnation00 He's delusional? No one's even had a chance to try the thing yet. I'm sure it will be worth getting at some point but at launch? No way.

fabe1389
fabe1389

@SipahSalar @Snakepond1 by we you mean YOU.

for starters unless you played em both or work for one of the companys...... do yourself a favor and keep your lies in your mouth and to yourself

velvethammer2000
velvethammer2000

@SipahSalar @Snakepond1 I guess specs are all that matters in a console. My favourite system in each gen has rarely been the "most powerful". Grow up. Each system will have games that we'll all want to play.

tightwad34
tightwad34

@SipahSalar Way to not even take his comment into consideration, then again, that's exactly what fanboys do.

Snakepond1
Snakepond1

Don't be a fanboy and wait for both systems to come our before you judge. I myself will buy both and enjoy them equally. Hopefully, you'll do the same, but by the look and feel of your tone you are not. Which I guess is unfortunate and I say enjoy knack for Xmas.

tightwad34
tightwad34

@Snakepond1 Sorry, I was responding to SipahSalar. It looks like you were taking the comments into consideration.

Snakepond1
Snakepond1

@fabe1389 @Snakepond1 What drives me nuts is that the system are not even out yet and they think that magically the PS4 is better. 

fabe1389
fabe1389

@Snakepond1 you seem like one of few on here with good smarts

these fanboys expecially SONY think they know it all.

honestly i find it sad and retarded that they claim to know more than the developers.