Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo may no longer be the only names that matter in gaming, but the "big three" is still very much alive in people's minds. Even as iOS and Android have gotten better games, and better hardware to run those games, capital-G Gaming remains something done with a controller and a console, and something we do on our big-screen TV.

Maybe that's why Ouya struck such a chord when it hit Kickstarter last July. Basically, the company described a $99 box that would take the many great Android games off of your 4-inch phone and put them onto your TV. Ouya shattered its Kickstarter goal (and a few records for the platform) en route to 63,000-plus backers and more than $8.5 million in funding for the Ouya, and now nine months later is getting ready to drop its namesake console on the market.

Ouya's always said all the right things. The console will be cheap, they promised, and upgraded often. It'll be totally hackable, so users and developers alike can do much more than even Ouya has in mind. It'll be small, simple, and filled with games people want to play. The pitch left me sitting on the pre-order page many times, ready to plunk down $99 for another console I'd wish I had time to use. It certainly won over our esteemed editor-in-chief, Joshua Topolsky, whose crisp Benjamin purchased the Ouya I've been playing games with all week. Ouya's promise is now a real thing, in the hands of its many backers now and on store shelves beginning June 4th. Has it earned a place next to your Xbox? Has it made your Xbox obsolete? Let's find out.