Crowd-funded videogame console due in June

Feb 05, 2013
A man buys a video game at a GameStop store on November 9, 2010 in North Las Vegas, Nevada. The crowd-funded Ouya videogame console seeking to shake up a market dominated by Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo is gearing up for a US debut in June.

The crowd-funded Ouya videogame console seeking to shake up a market dominated by Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo is gearing up for a US debut in June.

The team behind Ouya on Tuesday began taking online pre-orders for the Android-powered devices that plug into televisions and announced that several major retail chains will add the consoles to their shelves.

"Because of the support for Ouya you showed, some of our favorite stores are going to carry Ouya when it officially launches to the public in June," startup founder Julie Uhrman said in a message at the website.

Retailers selling the device will include Amazon, Target, and , Ouya said.

Kickstarter.com lets entrepreneurs reach out to the masses for pooled funding for creative projects.

Los Angeles-based Ouya was a Kickstarter hit, attracting millions of dollars in funding from a roster of investors that includes Jawbone founder Hosain Rahman.

Ouya consoles are priced at $100, while controllers featuring touchpad technology along with toggles were priced at $50 each.

Ouya is set to hit the market as Sony and Microsoft prepare to release next-generation PlayStation and Xbox videogame consoles. The third big player in the market, Nintendo, released a new Wii U console late last year.

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El_Nose
5 / 5 (3) Feb 05, 2013
hot girl selling video games -- awesome
VendicarE
3 / 5 (2) Feb 05, 2013
No games = death for a games console.

Some LinTards might purchase it. It may have limited life running MAEM.
PosterusNeticus
5 / 5 (1) Feb 05, 2013
If they're smart they'll get developers in early, before release, and have a stable of games ready to go on launch day. Are they prepared to offer development hardware? What does the SDK look like? Lots of questions, not many answers on their site apart from "contact us!" Meh. You should be soliciting me; not the other way around.
VendicarE
not rated yet Feb 05, 2013
Developers? You must be kidding?

"If they're smart they'll get developers in early, before release, and have a stable of games ready to go on launch day." - Posterus

NVIDIA Tegra3 quad-core processor
1GB RAM
8GB of internal flash storage, expandable via USB 2.0 port
Up to 1080p HD (via HDMI)
5.1 surround sound
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, and Ethernet port
Bluetooth
Micro USB port
Wireless Bluetooth controller with standard game controls and touchpad
Pkunk_
3.5 / 5 (4) Feb 06, 2013
If they're smart they'll get developers in early, before release, and have a stable of games ready to go on launch day. Are they prepared to offer development hardware? What does the SDK look like? Lots of questions, not many answers on their site apart from "contact us!" Meh. You should be soliciting me; not the other way around.

If it's running android i'd imagine there are about 10-15 thousand games already available for it made by the "lintards" who develop for android.
VendicarE
not rated yet Feb 06, 2013
1. They won't run on this console.

If converted...

2. Why play them on your TV when you can play them on your phone?

From the OUYA faq...

Can I play my OUYA games on my other Android devices?

Not at this time.

Can I play Android games purchased from Google Play on OUYA?

No.

As a game console OUYA won't fly. But as a reasonably open source Tegra 4 platform it will have some kick for Tegra enthusiasts.

They will have for their 100 bucks access to an CPU with about the power of an ATOM and about the graphic power of a low end Nvidia graphic chip.

PosterusNeticus
not rated yet Feb 08, 2013
Oy vey, now they're talking about annual hardware changes.
http://www.gamesi...releases
VendicarE
not rated yet Feb 09, 2013
The company only have one toe and a partial foot, and they just shot themselves in it.

Still, a quad core tegra 3 will still have utility as a Linux box.