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.

Nvidia’s Project Shield: developers react

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What do developers think of Project Shield, the new gaming handheld which Nvidia claims will ‘do for games what the iPod and Kindle have done for music and books’? While the device runs on Android, this is quite different to most portable devices that run on Google’s mobile OS. It’s a high-end system, powered by Nvidia’s new Tegra 4 processor, able to stream Steam games from a PC, and push 4k video to HDTVs over HDMI. Yet it also runs the hundreds of thousands of apps and games available on the Google Play store. We spoke to several developers with experience of mobile app development and big-budget console and PC games, and their responses might be politely described as mixed.