Game consoles have traditionally been large boxes filled with cutting-edge hardware sold by huge technology companies. Even Nintendo, the smallest player still in the console market and the only one left that focuses solely on games, makes billions of dollars in revenue every year.
While piles of cash helps keep gaming alive, the small number of companies that act as game-keepers in the console space can stifle innovation. Last year, with the help of Kickstarter, several Android game consoles were announced as a revolutionary alternative. No longer would platforms be closed and heavily guarded – instead, developers could upload their games with minimal fuss! Or, at least, that was the pitch. But are these new Android consoles any good?