Quick guide: Xbox One vs. PS4 vs. Wii U vs Ouya

Late last year, Nintendo released the Wii U, the first device in the so-called eighth generation of video game consoles. Since then, two more consoles have been announced: The Microsoft Xbox One and the Sony PlayStation 4, both of which are expected to hit shelves this fall, in time for the holiday shopping rush. In addition, Ouya recently launched an eponymous, Android-powered (and not particularly critically-acclaimed) video game machine of its own.

Trying to choose between the four consoles? Let us give you a hand. 


1. The Ouya

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    The Android-powered Ouya console.
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In terms of price, it's hard to beat the Ouya: 99 bucks'll get you the whole kit and caboodle. Still, it may be worth perusing the reviews for the Android-powered device before forking over the cash – critics have been particularly disappointed with the controllers. 

Price: $99.99 

Internal storage: 8GB on-board, but more memory can be added. 

Wifi? Yes. 

Bluetooth: Yep. 

Blu-ray: No. 

Controllers? One included with the basic kit; additional controllers will set you back a relatively hefty $49.99 a piece. 

Launch titles (partial list): BombSquad, TowerFall, No Brakes Valet, Sonic the Hedgehog 4. 

DRM? Not really applicable. The Android OS is open-source and (intentionally) very hackable.

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