Ouya Android game console arrives on Kickstarter, if funded will arrive in March 2013

Ouya Android game console arrives on Kickstarter, if funded will arrive in March 2013
Just a couple of days we heard about Ouya, the first completely open game console that’s running on Android, and now it’s almost a reality - it arrived on Kickstarter aiming to raise $950,000, and for the few minutes we spent browsing the project it managed to raise an amazing over $30,000, so it’s definitely got huge traction.

But let us first explain what Ouya is. As we said it’s a completely open game console, runs Android, has some top notch hardware packed inside and has state-of-the-art industrial design by Yves Behar. Also, it’s extremely affordable - it costs less than $100 with an included wireless controller.

The silvery box connects to your TV via an HDMI cable and gives you access to all the games in the Android ecosystem, but it makes the deal even sweeter - all games are free to play or at least to try before you buy. There’s no blind shopping and regrets, it’s all as it should be in this day and age.

Ouya Android game console arrives on Kickstarter, if funded will arrive in March 2013
Here’s the hardware muscle it will pack, if it gets funded:

  • Tegra3 quad-core processor 
  • 1GB RAM 
  • 8GB of internal flash storage 
  • HDMI connection to the TV, with support for up to 1080p HD 
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n 
  • Bluetooth LE 4.0 
  • USB 2.0 (one) 
  • Wireless controller with standard controls (two analog sticks, d-pad, eight action buttons, a system button), a touchpad 
  • Android 4.0 


Ouya is more than the traditional game console, if you don’t understand yet - it’s a whole new system getting rid of all third parties making those console games crazy expensive. Being completely open means no licensing fees, no retail fees, and no publishing fees. If you’re a developer we would be equally excited about this project.

Hit the source link below to make your contribution and expect to get your Ouya in March 2013, if everything goes as planned.

source: Kickstarter via Engadget

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22 Comments

1. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

this is why android is great..

2. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

next you guys are gonna brag that this console will be better than xbox,ps,nintendo game systems lol

3. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

nono, I hardly think it would beat any of them right now (despite the good price point) I could beat the apple gaming console (cmon it was lame ), you just sad because there is no shiny apple logo on it

4. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

nope not an apple fanboy...lol i believe xbox is the king of consoles... my comment was geared toward android folks who thinks its better than any product in the world... (basically becoming the same thing they hate about apple fanatics)... but i do agree its a great price point!

9. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Believe it or not, some Android fans do actually have opinions other than "Android is the best". Android is the leader in mobile, gaming consoles; not at all. It's a fantastic idea, but it's still in development, and will definitely need some kinks worked out. I'm an Xbox fan all the way, so I won't be looking at this until it it is more developed. Still love Android though

10. Wire22wire

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 10, 2012

I strongly agree with Berzerk. I am a die-hard Android fan, but I love the beautiful layout of Windows phone and what Windows 8 will be (Running Windows 8 Release Preview on my PC) but I like all Apple products, but not iOS. The simple design of the iPhone looks good but I can't stand the blandness of iOS.

11. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I'll stick with Wii it may look like android fans cheer up for everything android, but the truth is they all have their teams they cheer up for.... android is not a phone is an OS and manufacturers translate the OS to something they consider will attract their public.... so there will be people that will like a certain device

14. SleepingOz unregistered

"my comment was geared toward android folks who thinks its better than any product in the world... (basically becoming the same thing they hate about apple fanatics)" How ironic!

5. script_writer

Posts: 56; Member since: Jun 27, 2012

i am so getting one these!!! For a price like that, how can you not want one?

6. kamil

Posts: 118; Member since: Feb 07, 2012

xbox till the end!!!

7. Zayuh24

Posts: 149; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

You know, this is a very good idea to have in your dorm. On those boring weeknights, imagine playing multiplayer on N.O.V.A. 3 or Brothers in Arms 2. I call this a steal of a deal lol. With the prices that Gameloft charges you for their games, hell a console system would be perfect

8. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Seriously the name Sucks terribly... The Concept is good I'm glad they are giving Microsoft more ideas for the Next-Xbox However the smartphone hardware industry is changing at fast pace, and quality games are optimized for powerful hardware, so if you wanna have a consolize smartphone, you'll have to buy new one every year in order to keep your are self up to date with latest quality games. PC Market suffers same fate, every 3years you'll need new hardware along with some games that are badly ported like GTA4.

13. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

really, except for the playstation, all of the console names suck. X box? Wii? LOL. Ouya is certainly not any worse than those.

18. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Wii would like to play?

12. Jyakotu

Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

Meh, I'm sticking with Sony and PlayStation till the bitter end.

15. SleepingOz unregistered

The bitter end? As far as I know, PS3 is still the best console out there! So no "bitter end" soon..

16. SugarShockFrantic

Posts: 73; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

all the way

21. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

No Microsoft/Xbox love in PA? ):

17. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Huh, I almost forgot console-fanboyism still existed. It's like I stepped into a time-warp back to sixth-grade.

20. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

The seniors in my high school last year fought over whose console is better. It's quite funny actually, the 8th graders jumped in the argument too

19. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Pledged.

22. aoikemono27

Posts: 177; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Uh, terrible idea really. Phone games in general are just 99cent trivial flickfests anyway. Not designed for television or extended play. Those more expensive 3D titles are nothing compared to actual console games, in breadth and quality. Android games are even worse, since alot of analytics show most are either freemium games or poorly supported games that devs don't put the effort into because the payoff is so small, since many Android users are cheapskates when it comes to buying software. Then there's compatbiliity and optimization issues with an open platform. The biggest kicker of all though (haha, kickstarter, pun intended), is piracy. To get console quality games, the price of games are gonna go up, and so is the piracy level. It's not a big deal for a 99c game, and a lot of times they are on sale for even cheaper, so it's not worth a leecher's time to deal with finding and downloading that pirated apk. But once it gets to say $10-$20 or more, on an open platform like Android, devs are just gonna roll their eyes. The same reason why most big gaming companies have abandoned the PC, for the reliability and security of set and protected hardware. The PC has MMOs, lousy console ports, and indie games. The big players have jumped shipped a long time ago. They aren't gonna look at something like Android, which is even more open, as the next big thing.

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