Ouya Ships to Early Bird Supporters!
Eventually, I am going to get an Ouya. But, I wasn’t the first to sign up, so I won’t get one soon. But, at least they are starting to ship!
“The early bird gets the worm, or in this case, the new portable home gaming system. Ouya’s $99 Android-based console is now shipping to early backers, and is expected to hit shelves this summer for all consumers.
Ouya games include action, sports, arcade, and indie, played directly on your TV. Big-name publishers like Square Enix and Namco Bandai have already signed on with the company, which also snagged independent developers like Tripwire Interactive and Adam Saltsman.
The Ouya may seem like the underdog in the established console market, but the little machine is aiming to disrupt the entire home gaming platform.
Industry heavyweight Julie Uhrman took to Kickstarter in July to crowd-fund her project, aiming for $950,000 to get the idea off the ground. She walked away a month later with almost $8.6 million and the support of more than 63,000 backers.
Following an epic Kickstarter run, Uhrman inked a deal with music and entertainment service Vevo, before announcing in February that the Ouya would sell via Amazon, GameStop, Target, and Best Buy.
The system has its own online store, a la Google Play, where gamers can choose from various titles, all of which include a free trial to test the game before purchase.
About the size of a Rubik’s cube, Ouya features a Tegra3 quad-core processor, 8GB of Flash memory, 1GB RAM, Bluetooth connectivity, and an HDMI connection to a TV, with support for up to 1080p HD.”