The Ouya (mini) game console caused a stir on Kickstarter back in August last year by raising a record $8.6 million in crowdfunding. The tiny game machine, about the size of a Rubik’s Cube can now be pre-order direct from Ouya for $99. It’s expected at major retailers including Gamestop, Target, Amazon and Best Buy around June.
New game consoles are expect this year from Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo. Ouya CEO Julie Uhrman doesn’t seem worried: “We don’t need to beat Xbox or Sony or any console that enters the marketplace. We need to carve out our own niche.” There may be competition in that niche, too. Ouya isn’t the only Kickstarted Android-powered TV games console, and competitors like the GameStick have hinted that they too will be showing up on the shelves of major retailers.
Ouya have also announced the mini game console will receive annual updates to its hardware spec thanks to close ties with Nvidia. It will be difficult to predict how gamers react given such a large gap in the consoles power in comparison to leading brands. The success of the Ouya will lie in the game play quality if its games rather than on the latest effects we see in the leading brands. Given the erosion mobile gaming and price expectations have made into those leading brands and studios the tides are changing fast. The Ouya console could very well be the next big thing!
OUYA is a powerful, beautifully-designed game console for the TV.
It’s priced at $99, and all the games are free-to-try. Additional controllers can be purchased for $49
Shooters, platformers, sports games, arcade classics and indie games just feel bigger and better on a TV screen. That’s why we created OUYA: to bring the most creative, innovative, and exciting games to the television.
OUYA will offer a broad range of games from all the genres you love. We’ve already lined up some great content from AAA game publishers such as Square Enix and NAMCO Bandai and independent developers like Tripwire Interactive, creators of The Ball, and Adam Saltsman, creator of Canabalt.
Plus, every game is free — well, free-to-try.Developers can offer a free demo with a full-game upgrade, in-game items or powers, or ask release episodic games. We don’t want you to buy a game unless you love it.
OUYA has great games and great apps. That includes video and music streaming players, entertainment apps, and anything else you can think of. Current partners include VEVO, iheartradio, TuneIn, XBMC, Plex, Twitch.tv, and OnLive. Play games, watch videos, and listen to music all through OUYA, in the comfort of your living room.
Lastly, OUYA is powerful. We’ve partnered with NVIDIA to bring you best-in-class graphics and performance. And, if you’re up for it, you can open OUYA up and look around (both the console and controller come with standard screws).
“The prospect of an affordable, open console — that’s an idea I find really exciting.” — Adam Saltsman (Semi Secret, creator of Canabalt)