There’s a new console in town and its name is Ouya (OOO-YAH). Ouya is an Android-based home console that plugs into a HDTV and features its own spiffy controller. Ouya will be sold for $99 when it’s released. Ouya has the backing of investors, but it needs to raise $950,000 on Kickstarter to convert the prototype into a mass production device.
Ouya is built on the fundamentals of the Android platform. Ouya is completely open from a hacking perspective. It’s held together with a few screws, and has an unlocked bootloader. In fact, hacking the Ouya won’t even void the warranty.
The specs of the Ouya are that of a current high-end smartphone.
- 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
Any game currently available for Android can be played on the Ouya. Every game will also be free-to-play. Free-to-play in this instance means a demo will be available for every game Ouya offers. Developers can choose if they want to charge for the full product, or use in-app purchases. Confirmed titles for the Ouya include Canabalt and Twitch.tv It also has the support of Madfinger Games, Mojang, inXile, Spry Fox and thatgamecompany.
Ouya has raised over $36,000 within its first hour on Kickstarter. Ouya is aiming for a March 2013 launch date.