By Patrick Shaw | 03-05-2013 | 12:45PM

2013 is shaping up to be the year Android gaming really comes into its own with a number of anticipated devices hitting the market including the OUYA, Project Shield, Wikipad and GameStick to name a few. While Sony’s PlayStation 4 is primed to compete with Microsoft’s next-generation successor to the Xbox 360, a similar battle for gamers' attention will ensue between all of new Android-based gaming devices emerging.

Green Throttle, however, has at least one edge over its competition: you don’t necessarily have to spend more than about $40 to play the open-source platform that connects your Android device into a nearby HDTV for big screen gaming. To play supported Android games through Green Throttle, all you need is the free Arena app (that serves as a central hub for your games), a $39.95 Atlas controller, a micro HDMI cable and your Android smartphone or tablet.

Unfortunately, Green Throttle is currently only supporting Kindle Fire HD. However, the company explained on Tuesday that it will support additional Android devices “very soon.” Another ding right out of the gate is the fact that there are only three games available in the Arena app with plans to support more titles as early as next week.

On the surface, the platform's functionality is similar to PlayJam’s GameStick, which also employs a controller to play Android games on a television. Interestingly, Green Throttle announced that it is actually working together with GameStick in some unknown capacity to “ensure the products work together.”

If you happen to own a Kindle Fire HD, the company is also offering a $89 bundle for a limited time that includes two controllers and a $10 gift card to Amazon.com so that you can purchase more games as they become available.

 


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