Ouya raised more than $8 million last year for an Android-based video game console that would sell for $99. Now the company is getting ready to ship the first units to backers of the wildly successful Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign.
The first Ouya game consoles will ship on March 28th, 2013.
Folks who didn’t make a pledge last year can also pre-order from the Ouya shop or other stores including Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop and Target. Customers who pre-order now should get their devices in June.
The Ouya game console is a small box designed to hang out near your TV. It has a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 ARM Cortex-A9 processor, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of built-in storage. The device also comes with a wireless remote control that looks a lot like a gamepad you’d get with an Xbox or Playstation console.
While the Ouya runs Google Android, Ouya has developed a custom user interface for use with television screens. Ouya also maintains its own app store. That makes sense, because while it would be nice to have access to the full range of apps available in the Google Play Store, many of those apps aren’t optimized for use with game controllers and television screens. Everything in the Ouya store will be.
In addition to gaming duties, the Ouya console will also be able to turn your TV into a media center with XBMC software as well as support for streaming audio and video from VeVo, TuneIn Radio, and other apps.
Sure, you could also just buy an Android phone or tablet with HDMI output and Bluetooth support for game controllers. But the Ouya’s selling points include a low price and a design meant for TV gaming.