Android gaming console takes Kickstarter by storm

An Android-based gaming console called Ouya has raised over US$1.25 million in the first day of its Kickstarter campaign.

An Android-based gaming console called Ouya has raised over US$1.25 million in the first day of its Kickstarter campaign, topping its goal of US$950K, right off the bat.

The Ouya console.
(Credit: Ouya)

"The console market is pushing developers away," the Ouya team wrote on its Kickstarter page. "We've seen a brain drain: some of the best, most creative game-makers are focused on mobile and social games, because those platforms are more developer-friendly. And the ones who remain focused on console games can't be as creative as they'd like."

To that end, the team has designed the Ouya console: part Android gaming platform to be hooked up to HD TVs, in a bid to return console gaming to its roots, part dev kit to put gaming development in the hands of the masses.

For developers, there is one condition: all Ouya titles must have at least some gameplay available for free.

The US$30 controller. (Credit: Ouya)

"Ouya could change AAA game development, too," says the page. "Forget about licensing fees, retail fees and publishing fees."

Best of all, the console itself is only US$99 (plus US$30 for a controller).

"We are trying to leverage all that is great — free to play, openness, touch screen, bringing what is familiar to TV — and we want to wrap it up in this great bow — affordability and game-ability, for gamers and developers alike," Ouya founder and CEO Julie Urhman told CNET.

The Ouya's specifications are:

  • Tegra3 quad-core processor

  • 1GB RAM

  • 8GB of internal flash storage

  • HDMI connection, with support for up to 1080p HD

  • Wi-Fi 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) and a touchpad

  • Android 4.0.

If you want to nab one of these consoles, head over to the Kickstarter page — they're going fast.

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