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.
I’m eagerly awaiting April for the next bunch to be shipped. 🙂
Considering that they ended up redesigning the controller due to reports from the developer release, I think still managing to hit March at all is pretty outstanding. I would grab one, but I’m saving every penny for a new desktop to replace a nine-year-old Shuttle XPC.
If they could make the Ouya stream games from a PC similar to Project Shield, I might *still* get one, so the PC doesn’t have to live in the entertainment center. Maybe the Ouya 2 will be able to…
looks like a better alternative to all those android sticks flooding the market… 99 is a in my price range too. looks like a replacement to revue is near…
That’s quite the way to claim to make your promised March release.
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