The Kickstarter campaign for OUYA, the Android-based console, managed to pull in $8,596,475 in a month, reaching 903 percent of their original goal of $950,000. Over 63,000 backers have pledged funding, and while there is a good chance that a number of them won’t follow through, this fundraising drive has been a huge success so far.
Through crowd-funding, OUYA hopes to bring a $99 Android-based console to the retail marketplace, sporting features like an open-development marketplace, free-to-play games, and most of all, complete and total ability to hack the console for those with a taste for hardware modification. This console is perfect for Hackers, Modders, Developers and general Tech Enthusiasts.
Since the system is based on Android software, any and all applications that developers want to make (be they games or useful apps) will be 100% compatible with OUYA. As you can see by the trailer below, video games are the main focus and they’ve pointed out that anything from indie game startups to full triple-A titles will be made available. The games released for OUYA are aimed to be free of charge. So really it's a one time fee of $99 and there will (hopefully) be no further costs.
A system prototype has already been created and the following specs were released:
- 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
A number of big game-makers have announced support for the console, such as Robotoki’s exclusive Human Element prequel, Gunblitz, Final Fantasy III, and OUYA’s makers are in talks with Namco Bandai about future games. So far this seems to be incredibly promising! Let us know your thoughts and opinions below.