The Ouya is a $99 Android-based game console that would come with free-to-play games and a development kit. Or, it will be once they make enough cash on Kickstarter to get it going. I think they'll be fine, though: They've raised over $75,000 of their $950,000 goal in one hour this morning!
The organizers say that they love console gaming, but have seen the market push developers away and more toward mobile gaming. This is their answer to the current situation, making games less expensive to make and buy. Their only condition to developers on the Ouya: at least some gameplay has to be free. That shouldn't be a problem, as just the whole industry seems to be moving that direction.
Aside from the Android OS (4.0), the console would be Tegra3-based, have 1GB of RAM, 8GB of flash storage, and sport HDMI and USB connectors. The concept image above shows a lovely wireless controller.
So, big, TV-sized, free-to-play games out of a little Android-based console? For $99? No wonder they've raised $75k in an hour. In fact, the pledge number jumped up to over $92,000 while I was writing this blog!
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