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OUYA to be available in retail June 4th for $99

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OUYA to be available in retail June 4th for $99
OUYA's Android-powered gaming console has been something of a phenomenon. It's Kickstarter fund reached its goal extremely fast, surpassed the goal by quite a large stretch, and has been using the extra funding to attract big name developers like Square Enix. Word has it that Kickstarter funder consoles have already shipped, and now we know when the console will be available in retail.

OUYA will be made available in retail June 4th, and it will cost the standard $99. The team is still dedicated to making the product better, and OUYA CEO Julie Uhrman said that the early backers will get the chance to "watch the UI evolve to where it will be by June 4." 

Interestingly, OUYA is looking to find a new way to figure out what games are good. Uhrman doesn't think that "downloads or revenue are good indicators of what a good game is", and because of that, the team has designed a new algorithm to figure out how much people like a game based on how many times they've played it, and how long they've played. 

Different games are also looking for new ways to monetize, including a number of games that will not be going the slightly annoying freemium route, but will simply be setting up donate systems for those who like the game. 

Even if the console itself doesn't work out, we like the thought process going into it all. 

source: Wired

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posted on 31 Mar 2013, 20:34

1. TattooedMailman (Posts: 13; Member since: 31 Mar 2013)

Does anyone know when pre-orders will ship. I heard three different release dates. One for kickstarter backers first, pre-orders second, and retail last

posted on 31 Mar 2013, 21:24

4. dok2005 (Posts: 55; Member since: 18 Apr 2012)

if you are a kickstarter backer one you should had got a notice about tthem sending out in waves. they will send you a email as soon as yours is shipped.

posted on 31 Mar 2013, 20:39

2. garuden (Posts: 1; Member since: 31 Mar 2013)

I wonder if it'll have the stock android's interface. Would be cool if I could use it as a secondary PC too..

posted on 31 Mar 2013, 20:54

3. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

Ill wait for nvidia's project sheild

posted on 31 Mar 2013, 21:56 1

5. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)

This better use a tegra 4 or nobodys going to buy it.

posted on 31 Mar 2013, 23:35 1

6. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)

It's based on Tegra 3 and won't be taking any medals as a dedicated gaming console. However, it might be used in place of a Roko or Boxee, because it does support Hulu and Netflix...

It has some virtues, as it only costs 99.00 bucks, and it may appeal to the independant game developmer crowd. However, this device is gutless, and has no hope of surplanting the PS4 or the next version of xBox.

posted on 01 Apr 2013, 00:26 2

7. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2720; Member since: 26 May 2011)

Yes, let's use a brand new CPU in a machine designed to sell for $99. That will work flawlessly!

posted on 01 Apr 2013, 15:16

8. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)

I preordered mine from Gamestop.

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