With Ouya, GameStick, Steam Box and more, will 2013 be the year of the ‘microconsole’?

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The year is barely a week old, and yet already something momentous has happened. While many of us are expecting it to be the year when Microsoft and Sony bring out new machines and try to get their platform stories moving toward perihelion, it seems that other companies were thinking differently. We already knew about the Ouya, of course, and the rumours about Valve making a dedicated machine for Steam have been circulating for a while.

GameStick Android console competes with Ouya and eSfere for public money

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Casual game network PlayJam has launched its own Kickstarter campaign, aiming to raise $100,000 to fund its diminutive $79 Android console. Resembling a USB drive, the GameStick will come with a Bluetooth controller, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of flash memory. The console will plug directly into your TV’s HDMI slot, and can be stored in the controller for travel.