The $99 Android-powered Ouya game console has been delayed by three weeks and won’t be available until late June. Ouya CEO Julie Uhrman noted that the delay is self-imposed to ensure that there is enough stock to “satisfy all the early orders.” The executive also revealed that the company has received $15 million in additional funding from various firms including NVIDIA. The new capital will be used to “support OUYA’s growing game development community, and meet increased demand for the upcoming retail launch.” The Ouya, which has some new competition from BlueStacks, is equipped with a 1.7GHz quad-core Tegra 3 processor, 8GB of internal storage, 1GB of RAM, a USB port and microUSB port, a wireless controller and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The console is now scheduled to launch at Best Buy, Amazon, GameStop and Target on June 25th for $99.99.
While Sony (SNE) and Microsoft (MSFT) prepare to roll out their next-generation gaming consoles, gamers will also soon have the option of paying just $99 for the Android-powered Ouya console that’s set to launch in retail outlets on June 4th. Engadget reports that the low-cost console, which began as a Kickstarter project, will ship to its financial backers this week before becoming available to the general public this summer. The Ouya console features a 1.7GHz quad-core Tegra 3 processor, 8GB of internal storage, 1GB of RAM, a USB port and microUSB port, a wireless controller, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Ouya has signed up several big-name retailers to sell the console, including GameStop (GME), Best Buy (BBY), Amazon (AMZN), and Target (TGT).
The team behind the $99 Ouya video game console have announced new details regarding the device’s launch date. The Android-powered system is scheduled to begin shipping to customers who preordered the device from Kickstarter on March 28th with a full launch slated to follow sometime this summer. The company also revealed that Kim Swift, a former employee at Value who previously worked on hit games such as Portals and Left 4 Dead, will begin developing an exclusive game for the system along with her team. More →
After coming off of one of the most successful Kickstarter campaigns of all time, the team behind the $99 Ouya game console have had their hands full. It was announced earlier this week that starting in June the Android-powered console will be sold at major retailers including GameStop (GME), Best Buy (BBY), Amazon (AMZN), and Target (TGT). Ouya founder and CEO Julie Uhrman also revealed in an interview with The Verge on Thursday that the company plans to release a new Ouya model every year with improved specs and performance. More →
The Ouya console is no longer vaporware. The company announced on its blog on Friday that 1,200 Ouya console developer kits are boxed up and ready to be shipped out to awaiting programmers. Each kit includes a frosted translucent Ouya console that is about the size of a coffee mug, two frosted translucent controllers with batteries, an HDMI cable, a power cable and a Micro USB cable. As Ouya CEO Julie Uhrman explains in the unboxing video below, the console’s design might still be tweaked and the feel of the controller will undergo a few minor changes before it ships to consumers in March.
The greatest Kickstarter project ever launched is about to get even better. The team behind the $99 Ouya game console is showing once again how their ability to quickly implement changes may send a shockwave throughout the gaming world next March. Ouya CEO Julie Uhrman announced a few major milestones for the little console, such as the that it will now ship with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean instead of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Uhrman also revealed that its CAD models are finished and they’ve received their first wave of Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) and that the Ouya is now officially in the Engineering Verification Testing (EVT) phase. More →
On Thursday, Ouya’s Kickstarter campaign came to an end with the project having raised nearly $8.6 million from 63,416 backers. The startup is led by former IGN executive Julie Uhrman, whose goal was to build an affordable console based on the Android operating system. In an effort to gain additional funding, Uhrman enlisted the help of crowd-sourcing website Kickstarter on July 10th. The project was an immediate hit, reaching its funding goal of $950,000 in less than eight hours. More →
As users begin to eye alternatives to traditional gaming consoles such as their smartphones and tablets, one industry executive is looking to bring gaming back to the living room. A new startup led by former IGN executive Julie Uhrman is seeking capital through crowd-funding website Kickstarter to develop Ouya, a $99 gaming console for TV screens. The Android-powered console is equipped with an NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor and features 1GB of RAM, 8GB of flash storage, HDMI output, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and a single USB 2.0 port. The system is bundled with a wireless controller that features two analog sticks, a D-pad, eight buttons and a touchpad that will allow users to play games ported from smartphones or tablets. The device is completely open and the team encourages developers to hack it without worrying that they might void the warranty. Interestingly enough, Ouya will support a free-to-play gaming model and will allow publishers to utilize micro-transactions. Ouya hopes to raise $950,000 over the next 30 days, and the company’s demo video follows below.
UPDATE: Ouya reached its funding goal of $950,000 in less than eight hours. More →