If you cohabit with a man (or the coolest type of woman), chances are they've been either been testing the waters with hints about getting a gaming console or straight out begging. Now may be the time to acquiesce. Why ? For a start, it will make you look like an absolute rock star of generosity and largesse.
Pick of the bunch right now is the Xbox One S ($549 from JB Hi-Fi, jbhifi.com.au). Why? For a start, it's 40 per cent smaller than previous models so won't dominate the living room. It also has a chic minimalist aesthetic that looks like it could well have come out of the design labs of another fruit based technology company. At 2000 gigabytes - your phone has around 64 - this system has more storage than Beyonce's wardrobe but instead of adding to the tech clutter in your life, it will actually reduce it. How? We hear you ask sceptically.
This piece of hardware should actually have been called the Consolidator because it fulfils the functions of a bunch of other items plugged into your walls. For a start, if you like your entertainment old-school with a bit of DVD or Blu-Ray action, both functionalities are built in. But, let's be honest, that's backward looking tech and apps are where it's at. Hook this box up to the internet and you can tap into Netflix (hello OITNB), Stan (we highly recommend Roadies with Imogen Poots) and Foxtel Play (put aside a weekend for The Night Of). Streaming services ABC iview and SBS On Demand are also included. Then there's the Groove Music Pass, a Pandora(ish) database with 40 million songs that you can groove to through the Xbox itself or on a desktop or mobile phone.
And get this right? You can even play video games on it.