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OUYA Game System Is First Android Console. Releases 2013. Indie, Open-Source and Hacker Friendly. Will It Change the Game?

10 Jul

OUYA Videogame System and Controller. Uses Android.

…. Meet the next American videogame console. OUYA. Android-based, open-source, hacker-friendly, Indie-focused.

OUYA is a new Android Videogame Console. Kickstarter funded, it seeks to change the game significantly in 2013 by offering a cheap, digital App-based alternative to the standard console model and fully embraces the ability for users to customize the system, hack it, open it up, create their own games and freely play all videogames released for it.

Pronounced “Oooooo ya!”, the funkily-named new system has already raised over $1.5 million dollars on OUYA Kickstarter, with 29 more days still left for the project to keep raking in the cash in order to officially turn out their dream project.

OUYA is a console made for gamers and Indie developers, a system that doubles as a Development Kit, allowing anyone who buys one to learn to create their own games for it (using the Android platform), that they can then easily translate to the OUYA system and sell for whatever price they desire! No need to purchase a license or an expensive SDK. No jumping through hoops. The possibilities this opens up are truly endless and should ensure that the system has a steady stream of new and old games coming to it at all times.

OUYA System 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 system is held together by normal screws, and they encourage you to bust the system open and mod it to your hearts content! HOW ABOUT THAT! Whether you want to create new hardware for it, hack it to put whatever apps, software programs, games, etc. you want on it, the choice is yours and whatever choices you make will NOT void your warranty. Truly, this is a whole new world.

Indie developers are excited about the prospects of OUYA, and the developers behind the console are dedicated to making it the most Indie friendly environment in existence for publishing games that can be played on the TV. OUYA comes with its own state-of-the-art in-house developed videogame controller, and the publisher is actively seeking out developers to embrace the platform. I should mention that it is being created by a female, named Julie Uhrman; which is definitely breaking the glass ceiling as far as videogame consoles are concerned.

OUYA will run on Android 4.0, features it’s own unique controller with 7 buttons and a built-in touchpad, cost around $100, is open-source, hacker-friendly, all games are free-to-play in some form (whether that’s a demo or the ability to play the entire game for free and pay when you want or through microtransactions), developers will set their own prices, it features no overlording big-brother manufacturer, supports twitch.tv out-the-box, and offers the ability out-the-box for anyone to jump into the developer platform side and create their own videogames. They can then sell them in the open Android-based marketplace on the OUYA console.

Will this make OUYA an Indie-game haven? Will it significantly change the game? Will it be able to seriously compete with Xbox 720, PlayStation 4, Wii U, OnLive, PC’s, Tablets and the like?

That remains to be seen, but OUYA definitely sounds promising. Either way, competition is good, and hopefully this will inspire new avenues for game creation and game sales in the future, with an even broader focus on Indie developers. Which is always a good thing! I encourage you to go support the OUYA Kickstarter project if you are so able, let’s get more competition in the videogame console space!

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