The microconsole battle royale: GameStick vs. Ouya (gallery)

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fightnight_ouya and gamestick

The Ouya and the GameStick are like the Deep Impact and Armageddon of Android-based microconsoles. They’re so similar that it might be hard to parse the differences between the two, let alone in an increasingly crowded alternative console market that relies on digital downloads (as opposed to buying games on a disc).

Ouya releases June 4 for $99 and GameStick ships in late April or early May for $79. Both were present at the annual Game Developers Conference last week in San Francisco, where we spent a little time with the miniature devices and their games. But we all know that consoles are more than just their specifications, so here’s what you can expect when you plug in the Ouya and GameStick to your television.

Hover over the gallery below to see the comparison: