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.

A microconsole is a class of small video game consoles.

The term has been used to describe low-cost Android-based devices that are designed to connect to televisions and play video games downloaded from an application store, such as Google Play.

Microconsoles currently on the market are: Gamepop, GameStick, Mojo, Ouya and Shield.