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Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2013-01-10 12:49:37
These microconsoles are weird. They're not for me. I'd rather pay for a traditional premium console experience if I'm sitting in front of the television. If I want a mobile and/or Android experience, my phone or tablet more than suffice. (And I really don't understand the trend of bluetooth game controllers for tablet gaming.)
This isn't to say that they aren't for someone. We already discussed the Ouya. It's joined by the Shield (which is a bizarre mobile/tablet/controller...thing) and the GameStick, which is literally a memory stick gaming system.
While Microsoft and Sony pursue ever grander multimedia entertainment cyborgs, these microconsoles just focus on something that those big boys have strayed from: games. Sure, there'll be a TON of garbageware, but the independent games community has proven its ability to produce exceptional gaming experiences.
They just have to produce a library of Android games that warrant a controller and television (over just a touchscreen tablet), and they could win me over. As stubborn as I am, that would also imply a sizable market for their product.