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Ouya – Android console Kickstarter exceeds $2m

Tuesday, 10th July 2012 14:51 GMT By Staff

[Update]
The Ouya project Kickstarter fund has exceeded $2 million, with 28 days still to go. At the time of writing, the total sits at $2.2 million from almost 17,500 backers with the vast majority pledging $99 or more. A number of the limited-reward pledge tiers have already sold out but the lowest tier, for pledges of $10 or more, is limitless and there are still thousands of pledge spots available in the higher tiers. 16 spots remain on “The Angel List” for those wishing to contribute $10,000 or more. The original target was $950,000.

[Original story]
Remember the Ouya, the console being described as a cheap, “hackable” Android-based system in the works from Yves Behar, Muffi Ghadiali and Ed Fries? Good, because the developers behind it took  to Kickstarter to help fund the project, and in less than 12 hours, the project has exceeded its $950,000 goal with 7,774 backers donating $969,509 with 29 days still left for funding. If would like to know whether it’s worth your contribution, hit up the video below.

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  1. absolutezero

    Jesus God its sky rocketing.

    Who is funding this? Why? WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Jaha-BRN

    I am !

    For an unleashed indie scene on my TV, fot the return of deserted genres, for the glory of 2D gaming, for the emulation possibilities.

    Yep, I’m a dreamer.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Jaha-BRN

    10 pm GMT. Funded !

    #3 2 years ago
  4. freedoms_stain

    Fully funded in less than a day.

    If this works it’s my sole console for the next generation.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Kabby

    It is pretty epic to have been funded so quickly. I imagine they were very shocked at the interest.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. DSB

    “We’re handing the reins over to the developer with only one condition: at least some gameplay has to be free. We borrowed the free-to-play model from games like League of Legends, Team Fortress 2, Triple Town, and many others. Developers can offer a free demo with a full-game upgrade, in-game items or powers, or ask you to subscribe.”

    I think that’s putting ideology in the place of practicality. They should take all comers.

    That being said, it’s an amazing idea. Should’ve been done a decade ago.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Kabby

    Which Android games stand up as games you would play on your TV?

    Can someone knock up a top 10 Android games list? I’m talking real games here, not shit like Angry Birds and Cut the Rope.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Ireland Michael

    @7 Sorry, despite your snobby elitism Angry Birds and Cut the Rope are still legitimate games.

    There’s a major problem with this. Support. What games are going to work on it, and who is actually gomug to consistently make controller based games for a touch-based OS?

    This is going to be little more than a glorified emulator.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Kabby

    They are legitimate to a fashion but they’re not competitive with current console experiences.

    If they’re going to go ahead with this, they need to spend a portion of those kickstarter megabucks on some killer games for launch.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. freedoms_stain

    The purpose of this device is not to bring existing Android games to the big screen, it’s to lower the bar of entry for developers to build console games.

    If you want to know what to expect look into what the Tegra 3 can do, because that will be the limit of its capabilities, not what’s currently available for Android.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. absolutezero

    Due to this thing being built on Android all of its features can more or less already be done with all the devices you already own.

    Connect a PS3 controller through blue tooth. Attach the device to your TV. Congrats you already own an Ouya.

    Also because its Android you could potentially emulate everything the Ouya does and have it run better on the PC.

    It used Canabalt to sell itself. Fucking Canabalt.

    Its hardware is even worse than the iPhone is right now. URGRGHGHGHAAAAAAAAAAAAA

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Custard Ganet

    sounds fantastic,ill take 10!

    #12 2 years ago
  13. SplatteredHouse

    @11: That PS3 pad is a poor substitute. The Ouya one includes a touchpad!

    #13 2 years ago
  14. gameflow

    Sounds interessting. Developing “console” games wihtout this expensive and not easy to get dev kits could be cool. But I am not sure who the games will be like.
    Of course Android games could be more complex and small scale “AAA” (if you can say something like that), but it strongly depends on the market. Developing a big game for a smaller audience could be risky (I asume that i cant play games designed for ouya on my tablet/phone *g*). But still worth keeping an eye on…

    PS: 2 mil. after one day…hmm…sounds like pr and investors pushing this kickstarter to get attention or we truely have 20.000 people buying a console wihtout any games annouced (if you dont count “classic” android games) :)

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Dragon246

    First of all, are you kidding me? Developing a hardware for even 10 million is a joke, let alone 2 million. support it, indies? They have pc for that. If such a thing was possible , ms, sony and ninty would have done it ages ago.Do people really think companies are foolish to spend MILLIONS of dollars to make a console if such a cheap alternative could be built? Those people need to get their brains checked.
    This crapshit is DEAD ON ARRIVAL.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Freek

    @15 Massivly missing the point of what this actually is. It’s an android based device, something cheap and open for indie developers. Not a super high end “next gen/insert buzz word here” console.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Dragon246

    Also OLPC was shit. Much cheaper version are available (see Akash tablet).

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Dragon246

    @16,
    Sorry, you are missing the point,
    1.2 million is not enough for large scale manufacture.
    2.If you want to play indie games that bad, go to steam. PC is the best platform for those games and everyone has them. Why buy a 99$ shit if you can do that with pc ( any pc in that regard even old ones)?

    #18 2 years ago
  19. tearjerker

    You’re all missing the point. She only opens one side of her mouth when she talks! :O

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Da Man

    Most idiotic idea ever, and running on the most idiotic mobile OS to boot.

    Oh well, I suppose to each their own, bet Zeebo found a target audience ether.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. ManuOtaku

    If this console can run PC games something like an steam box, and i mean for the old PC games like grim fandango, then i will give it a go really, but i will wait an see

    #21 2 years ago