When it was first proposed, Ouya’s WonderBox hoped to bridge the gap between traditional consoles and the flourishing mobile market, by allowing gamers to enjoy the bounty of Android gaming, with the more old-school feel of doing so on one’s television. The project was pitched to Kickstarter, proving wildly successful, raising over $8.5 million with the help of 63,000+ backers. Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, CEO Julie Uhrman states that over 68,000 consoles are currently on order.
Now, it seems that the Ouya is looking to make its way onto store shelves, with the help of Amazon, Best Buy, Target, and Gamestop. The console itself will be priced at around $100 and, as per the Kickstarter page, will be highly customizable: Rooting the device will not void one’s warranty, and “hardware hackers can create their own peripherals, and connect via USB or Bluetooth.” Those who wish to purchase extra controllers for their Ouya will cost $49.99 – by comparison, Best Buy charges $54.99 for a DualShock 3, and $39.99 for an Xbox 360 controller – though the Ouya’s controller will feature a touchpad. As noted in the WSJ article, said touchpad will feature “touch input similar to the iPhone, but without a screen.” According to Uhrman, “March is the unveiling, when Kickstarter backers get their units and OUYA will be live for all our supporters. In April we will be delivering units from people purchasing, and June will be the official launch.”
So what do you think, gamers? Is there something to this whole “Ouya” business? Will it end up being gaming’s greatest success story since the Virtual Boy? Sound off in the comments section below!