Android open gaming console Ouya finishes Kickstarter fundraiser with $8.6 million

Android open gaming console Ouya finishes Kickstarter fundraiser with $8.6 million
Ouya, the Android game console that asked for crowd-sourced funding on Kickstarter, swept its initial funding target and finished with nearly $8.6 million from a whopping 63,416 backers, plenty of money to bring the awesome idea of open game console to reality.

The Ouya is a little box built to work with TVs and imagined by former IGN executive Julie Uhrman. The whole idea is that developers get to directly publish their games which eliminates unnecessary third-party channels, and is supposed to make the games easier and more accessible.

Ouya will sell for $99 and come with an Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core chip, 1GB of RAM, 8 gigs of flash storage, and the usual set of connectivity ports - HDMI, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and USB 2.0. It has already signed partnerships with OnLive, VEVO, iHeartRadio and XBMC, and we’re sure more are coming too.

Kickstarter backers are expected to get the Ouya console in March 2013.

source: Kickstarter

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16 Comments

1. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2452; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I hope Ouya gives the bigger console companies a run for their money. It may not have the same graphics power, but it can beat them with good quality games. Who knows, it could also help put game prices on the decline. I remember when games use to cost around $40 and now they cost about $60.

7. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

You're right on that, I hope same too

2. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

GREATTTT IDEA!...........terrible name........ouya (ooyah)?? what is that hawaiian?? U.S Marines maybe? LOL Heres an even better idea for android games to come alive........ THE XPERIA PLAY...2 Where you at Sony?

16. Joshua9007

Posts: 94; Member since: Jun 08, 2012

They will not cannibalize their own industry, you must be smoking something. The playstation (both regular and portable) are one of the core businesses at sony. If it seriously gets popular, I would see Sony adding the feature to port those same games to be available for download at similar prices. I know it is not the same thing as Ouya, but it should make the other companies compete.

3. denied911

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2012

great idea, great product you can have new model every year :) and maybe whole device in one controller with conectivity to tv via wireless protocol

4. doejon

Posts: 411; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

dont need this s**t cuz u can simply connect ur phone like the s3 on ur tv and u can play the same games :-) on s3 u can also use a joypad even a xbox360 or playstation 3 pad ;-)

8. crysiswarmonger

Posts: 82; Member since: Feb 06, 2012

just buy used phone.. wih display.. plug into large display or portable.

5. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

Bye bye,wii u...

6. mbelm64693

Posts: 17; Member since: May 08, 2009

im just worried that Tegra3 is going to be on the tail end of its lifespan by april. i want one of these things but this is my reason for not pre-ordering..i hope im not right cuz i actually really want to pick one of these up..they should at the very least toss some extra ram and internal storage inside that thing with all that extra funding they got.

9. theBankRobber

Posts: 682; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

They said huge things about Tegra 2, my photon barley has any good games besides a few that reallymakes use of the power.

10. Luuthian

Posts: 332; Member since: Sep 09, 2011

Pre-ordered. Even if it bombs it'll be the ultra portable, 1080p emulator I always wanted. Can't wait to use thing.

11. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

oh no.. no no no.. little green robot is about to over take gaming consoles now... xbox, nintendo, Wii, and PS,PSP vita watch out... ibtw.. i read before that sony will abandon its OS on PSP and put android on it.. i hope not... PS/PSP/PSP vita OSes looks awesome.. and i've read that sony will put Vita OS to there smartphones too.. im looking forwad to that! even they will threat my fave consoles (xbox,PlayStation,nintedo) i think Ouya looks great (i dont even like android) btw, am i the only one thinks that Ouya interface looks like windows phone and xbox?

12. theBankRobber

Posts: 682; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

Um The PS Vita is already out with a brand new OS. PSP is dead so I think what you read was probably a joke or something.

13. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

is here in PA that sony is considering to put Vita OS on there smartphone line too.. or maybe the abandon it

15. theBankRobber

Posts: 682; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

Vita OS on a smartphone does make sense, but they couldn't change it on the Vita as everything is tied into it . I guess we will wait another 6 months a see what goes on

14. fraydoe

Posts: 57; Member since: Dec 27, 2011

i think id rather play sega than this... there are far too many better consoles out there with better games.

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