OUYA Set to Change the Game

Over the past few days the interweb has been buzzing with the news that surfaced about a new console heading to market next year. What's so special about this console? Well it's designed to be open source and allows you develop games for the system without the hassle and expense of developing for one of the current generation consoles. Let me introduce OUYA, a new game console that is powered by Android. This console will be built around the free-to-play model and gives developers access to completely hack the device as they see fit.

OUYA not only plans to upset the current video game market with its open sense of development but with a $99 price tag it comes out swinging. With the purchase of a unit you get the controller that has been designed by Yves Behar, who has also worked on Jambox and the $100 Laptop, and the console itself. Under the hood the OUYA  specs (see below) look very similar to mobile device currently on the market. But don't let that foul you, Julie Uhrman, the creative mind behind this project, promises that you'll still be able to create the next AAA game titles from your bedroom.

Console Specs:

  • 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 
The team behind OUYA has noticed the growing trend of more and more gamers going to the mobile market and hopes that this new console can bring them back to TV gaming. Let me not forget to mention that as OUYA is build using an android platform it will allow users to publish their apps to the console. 

What Julie and the OUYA team needs now is your assistance with funding this remarkable project. Their Kickstarter page when up on Monday with a goal of $950K and to day they have raised over $4M in pledges. It's clearly obvious that people want OUYA by this unbelievable amount of support that this console will be a welcome change.

OUYA will definitely be one to watch as it makes its way into the console market and as it goes up against the big three. However, its sheer unique take on the console experience makes the OUYA an interesting new addition.


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