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Ouya Android console Kickstarter surpasses $3 million

Wednesday, 11th July 2012 19:05 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

The Ouya Kickstarter has now hit $3,076,320 with 28 days left. According to the console’s designer, Yves Behar, the system will provide owners with free and low-cost Android games and it’s high time the console market was hook up a little.

Speaking during the MobileBeat 2012 conference today, Behar said via Polygon:

“The gaming community [...] wants to be engaged, wants something new, wants it to be open. There’s lots of programmers, hackers, [and] game developers that don’t want to pay the huge fees that it takes to get a developer kit [for a major console].

“There’s just not a lot of attention, of love and care and attention, on the [Andorid] platform. But that’s changing. We need to refine and detail things to be true to what their use and intention is, while building personality, while building brands. That’s the really exciting challenge when it comes to UI/UX for us.”

Ouya is slated for release in March 2013.

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  1. DGOJG

    I’m honestly on two minds about getting one. Part of me really wants it, its cheap and is a great idea but the other part of me wants to see more of it first. I want to see exactly how they are going to deal with online play and their network if the system is so hackable.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. CPC_RedDawn

    I am EXTREMELY interested in this console and its idea.

    Having a $99 console where 90% of the games are FREE is awesome. Yet I really do wonder how they will compete with the big triple A blockbusters like Uncharted, GTA, Zelda, etc etc.

    Having only what looks like the same specs as current “high-end” mobile phone does not look good for the future. And I would hate to have to keep updating my hardware every year or so. I would love them to answer the call of the many many people who are begging them to add at least 2GB of RAM, USB3.0 (to add your own flash memory). Also I would like them to release with at least a 1.4GHz ARM CPU (the one in the current Samsung S3 phone) and clock it a little higher say 2.0 – 3.0GHz and add in a Tegra4 and scrap the Tegra3. It would push the release date back a little. But it would help the console out in the long run.

    If they check at least the 2GB RAM and USB3.0 I will be very happy indeed.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. roadkill

    @2 They don’t need to compete with those. They won’t. They can’t. But there will be a lot of cool indies that you’ll be able to experience for free or for very small prices on it. And I like indies: Limbo, Bastion, Krater and so many others. For the first time in my life I might actually go that low as to buy a console. Yup, I know it’s pretty pathetic to own one. I mean I would never tell me friends about it but this one might be different. Especially because unlike for the other consoles you’ll need a brain to use this one.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Christopher Jack

    I like the idea for more of an HTPC than dedicated game machine, especially after how ‘well’ Google have done with their own Google TV. I haven’t seen too much of the GUI but it looks like they’re severely downplaying the multimedia capabilities that Android offers.

    #4 2 years ago