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The small, compact $99 Ouya game console and its larger controller (pictures)

The Ouya game console costs $99, is smaller than its controller, and allows you to bring your own games into people's living rooms.

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Small

The Ouya is a $99 game console that runs Android and fits in the palm of your hand. The console houses a Tegra 3 CPU, so don't expect Xbox 360 or PS3 performance levels, but if you're into the indie gaming scene or are looking to build your own games (every Ouya is also a development kit), it's one of the cheapest conduits into that world available. Look for it on June 4.
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Connect

Ouya packs in HDMI, Micro-USB, full USB, Ethernet, built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and 5.1 sound support.
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Control

Every Ouya includes a pretty well-designed Xbox-like controller.
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Still small

The controller's even larger than the console itself. Great if (like me) you're running out of space in your entertainment center.
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I want to take its face plates...off

In order to access the dual AA battery required for each controller, removing its face plates is necessary.
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Triggers

Ouya's controller goes with less triggery triggers than I'm used to, but it feels well-calibrated.
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Clever face buttons

Sure, it's cute and all that the face buttons spell out "Ouya" but now I have to retrain my Xbox-focused brain as to the placement of "A."
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Powered on

The Ouya wants you to know when it's powered on.
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Mod

The four screws on top of the console should make it easy for would-be modders to do what they do best.
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Home

This is what greets you when turning Ouya on: a very streamlined and minimalist interface.
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Store

Ouya's digital game store will surface the more interesting and successful titles.
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So indie

Oh indie games. You're so self-aware.
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Ports

Ouya will see its fair share of original titles, but expect to see ports and lots of them.

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