OUYA is planning on making its operating system and store available to consumers to download and install on their own hardware within six months, according to lead engineer Zak Phelps.
Speaking with DigitalSpy, Phelps explained that the OUYA store would be, “as simple as a store that you can install onto your [Android] device”, and added, “Eventually the Ouya store will be available for download. That way if you want to install onto a tablet you can, under some very specific guidelines about here’s the types of things it’ll work with and won’t work with.”
It’s not clear exactly how OUYA will price up its OS downloads, but Phelps stressed that it’s, “in our best interest to provide our developers with the widest base possible,” and added, “The goal is to make that available sometime in the next six months.”
The idea is to see the OUYA store spread out to other devices, while offering ever-improving versions of its own hardware with new specs. Subsequent models will be announced once the company has its pricing nailed down. Phelps elaborated, “I don’t want to say that we [will upgrade hardware] on a yearly iteration cycle if necessary.”
“I will say we will make sure that we have the best platform in market, for the right price point. Price point to us is a huge consideration. The Mad Catz M.O.J.O. is $250 (£151) for a reason, and it’s a great platform. They’ve done a great job on that hardware.”
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