OUYA – a new, open, Android-powered console is coming

OUYA Controller

A most interesting news appeared today on Twitter, and it’s already shaking the video game world. A new, cheap console named OUYA is being planned. It will be powered by Android, it will cost just $99 and it will be open for hackers to do as they please. Being an Android platform, it will support everything Android devices support today (gaming, web browsing, video streaming, photos, etc.). It will, of course, have a controller, so gaming will not be limited to the mostly touch screen-reliant Android games of today. Developers will have a lot of freedom.

Here are the specifications:

  • 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

Source: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ouya/ouya-a-new-kind-of-video-game-console

The Kickstarter funding has already reached 25% of the $950,000 goal within a couple of hours… We can safely say the project will be funded.

Provided it is implemented, can OUYA shake the very foundations of the console industry? Could Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft suddenly face a dangerous competitor? It seems unlikely, but I am certainly excited about the possibilities. The latest trends in gaming clearly indicate that an “open” model is the way to go.


2 Comments

  1. whatisurnameplz July 11, 2012 7:05 am  Reply

    My only problem with this is that it appears you will need a good internet connection to fully enjoy these games. My internet connection isn’t that great (1mbps), so downloading these games would be a nightmare.

    • Vlado July 11, 2012 12:01 pm  Reply

      Yes, that could be a problem, but only big-budget games would be that huge in size, and it’s quite early to say if this system will get many of those. As home to (enhanced) indie games, file sizes should not be a nightmare at all.

      Of course, I hope OUYA eventually gets big enough to get big-budget titles, and then it could be a problem, of course, but at least you can play something else while you wait for the download in the background…

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