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February 6
2013

Ouya Planning To Be Sold At Retail Stores

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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!

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(Writer) Jesse Gmitro is the self-proclaimed "resident ally/lady-fancier" of gaygamer.net -- a position he has held since 2011 - and a shameless fanboy of Metal Gear, pre-Homecoming Silent Hill, and Final Fantasy. He plays drums in a local post-rock band called "Between Two Skies," and is currently working on a black comedy novella, "The Madcap Laughs." He currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

2 Responses

  1. avatar Richard says:

    I backed the project and will be getting my OUYA in March. I am still very nervous about the the whole thing. They showed demos of these amazing looking games and how major developers would be supporting the OUYA. As the release date closes in, all the games I am seeing are very, very low quality original games, or badly ported mobile apps.

    I worry that the OUYA is going to become a cesspool of shitty, barely out of beta stage games, made by people looking to make a quick buck. A tiny part of my pessimistic brain keeps telling me that the OUYA was a giant, perfectly choreographed scam. They got 8.5 million dollars and we got a tiny cube that plays last years mobile apps on a tv.

    I have hope that maybe in a year or two, some great games will be released. If not, I will gladly sell that cube and buy a Steambox which will hopefully be ready for market by then.

  2. avatar Nick says:

    I also backed the Ouya project, and I’m really surprised at how many people are worried about the project. What I expect to get when my box arrives is a system that can act like a media player, internet browser, and can also play a few games. It looks like over time it will have a reasonable library of games, most of which come from the Android world. I expect that the games will be similar to those on XBLA and WiiWare. There are several games on Android right now that I would buy if I could play them on a big screen and play them with a decent controller. I just can’t get used to touchscreen controls and don’t usually have a lot of time to play games when I’m away from home. When I’m at home, I don’t want to play on a tiny screen when I could be playing on that big screen that’s setting there in my living room, which for me creates a much more engrossing experience and one I can share with others. I What I don’t expect is a system that is going to compete with the next XBox or Playstation, or even the current systems for that matter. I have to be honest, I’m not really sure what other backers are expecting, but it looks as if the Ouya should fit my expectations nicely.

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