$99 OUYA Android Game Console Set to Arrive in June
LOS ANGELES, USA – The crowd-funded $99 Android-powered gaming console, known as Ouya, is slated to retail in June.
Game industry veteran Julie Uhrman founded the Ouya project in 2012 and submitted the project to crowd-funding site Kickstarter to raise money.
After quickly raising $8 million, becoming one of the highest-earning projects in the Kickstarter’s history, the free-to-play gaming console is ready and already has 104 published games.
The 50,000 people who pledged over $99 each to OUYA’s campaign will be receiving their units this week.
Unlike other Android devices, Ouya does not have access to Google Play, and will instead have its own store for apps and games.
Titles that are already available include Square Enix’s Final Fantasy III, Beast Boxing Turbo, Knightmare Tower, and Stalagflight. Users can watch TV shows and movies they already own with XBMC and Flixster, or stream content through TwitchTV.
Initial reviews have been positive. The Tegra 3-powered, brushed-aluminum finished console is incredibly small and heavy for its size, and runs whisper-quiet. The Bluetooth controller doesn’t feel cheap, although the triggers still need some ironing out. As to the software-side, there’s a lag between the game controller and the OUYA although pundits believe that this can be addressed via a patch.