Windows Central Game Awards 2019: Awarding the best games, tech, and innovations of the year

It's that time of year again, when we look back and celebrate the best of the best. The game industry had a huge year in 2019, as we head closer and closer towards next-gen consoles and even beefier PC rigs.

2019 year saw the return of old school experiences like World of Warcraft Classic, Age of Empires II DE, and Half-Life (albeit on VR). We got a broader push into game streaming with Google Stadia and Project xCloud. We also got the formal announcements of next-gen consoles in the form of Xbox Scarlett and PlayStation 5, accompanying ray-tracing capable graphics cards making our games look more vivid than ever.

And of course, we had piles of awesome games to play. With our Windows Central Game Awards, our gaming writers got together and voted on our favorite gaming experiences, tech, and products of the past year, presented here for your perusal. Do let us know what your favorite games of 2019 were in the comments too, and let us know what you're excited for in 2020 and beyond.

Best Games of 2019

Best Gaming Hardware of 2019

Game Industry Awards

Derek Kessler

Derek Kessler is Special Projects Manager for Mobile Nations. He's been writing about tech since 2009, has far more phones than is considered humane, still carries a torch for Palm, and got a Tesla because it was the biggest gadget he could find. You can follow him on Twitter at @derekakessler.