ReadWriteShop is an occasional series about the intersection of technology and commerce.

Gaming systems are even more confusing than they are expensive. And with the glitzy release of the Xbox One and the PS4, this year is more confounding than ever.

Since you're here at ReadWrite, we'll assume that presents no real issue for you. Your friends and family, however, are another story. And we all know who they're going to buttonhole for advice as they start trying to decide on high-tech presents. (Look in a mirror.)

Fear not. We've created a handy game-console flowchart so you can cruise your way to holiday gift glory. You can thank us later.

Lead image via Flickr user kennymatic, CC 2.0