Ouya plans to deliver newer, more powerful game consoles every year
The first Ouya video game consoles are expected to ship in March. They’ll feature Android software and 1.6 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processors. When the Ouya project was first announced last year, those were some of the most impressive specs available for an Android device.
These days, Tegra 3 is already old hat, with Qualcomm, Samsung, and others already offering faster mobile processors. And NVIDIA’s Tegra 4 platform is set to launch shortly after the Ouya hits the street. So in some ways, the hardware will be dated on day one.
But don’t worry — the next Ouya will be more powerful.
In other words, you won’t have to wait 5 years to get a next-generation game console the way you do with Nintendo, PlayStation, or Xbox devices. Instead, Ouya is following a mobile phone/tablet-like strategy and putting out new hardware every year.
That means we could see a Tegra 4 based model eventually, or a device with a different, faster mobile chip. Thanks to the falling prices of storage and other components, future Ouya consoles might also have more than 8GB of built-in storage.
Does that mean you’ll have to purchase new games every year? Not necessarily — games purchased from the Ouya Store will be tied to your account, not your hardware. So if you pay $99 to get next year’s model, all of the games you bought for your first-generation Ouya should still be available (although it’s not yet clear if your saved games and other data will be transferred automatically).
With rumors suggesting that the PlayStation 4 could cost more than $400, a $99 Ouya seems like an interesting low-cost alternative. It might not be as powerful as a PS4, but you could buy a new one every year for 4 years and still spend less than you would on Sony’s next-gen game console (if the rumors are correct).