The entirely open Android console Ouya is shipping its development consoles on 28th December to those who pledged over $700 on its Kickstarter. The dev consoles are an early version of the OUYA console and controller designed for developers to test their games.
These early dev consoles are still available for pre-order for $800 from the official site, and those ordered this way are expected to ship in January. These prototype models are an early version of the final console, set to launch in March. Ouya's Jules Kane said:
"Of course, when the final consoles ship, every Ouya will be a dev console. What we didn't tell you was that the advance dev consoles you ordered are pretty special - you'll know what I mean when you open yours. They're rare drops."
While the Ouya dev consoles are quite expensive, the actual Ouya Dev Kit (ODK) will be available online as a free download for all game developers regardless of whether they actually purchased the console or not. Kane also added:
"The dev consoles aren’t cheap for us to make. And we heard from many of you during the Kickstarter campaign that you simply couldn’t afford one. We wish we could just give them away, and we decided for a few of you – we’d do just that! But you have to work for ‘em…check out our Dev Console Giveaway for more details."
So get on over there and try get yourself a Dev console!