In the next year, I’m expecting to see more and more Android-related media devices and set-top boxes such as the Nexus Q. Last week we told you about a new Android-based gaming console called OUYA, but we really didn’t know much about it. Well it just became a Kickstarter project so we have more details.
The concept and idea behind the project is to make it easier for developers to bring a console game to market. Every OUYA console is a developer kit and there won’t be a need to purchase a license or an expensive SDK. So basically no licensing fees, retail fees, or publishing fees so anyone can create the next big title. All games will have the freemium model so everyone will at least be able to try any of the ones they’re interested in.
The unit itself was created by Yves Behar, and his firm fuseproject, which created the Jambox. The controller is designed to be a “love letter to console gaming.” It will have fast buttons, triggers, laser-precise analog sticks, a D-pad, and a touchpad for games that were originally designed for mobile.
The full specs aren’t too shabby and include:
- NVIDIA Tegra 3 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
Now I mentioned that every device is a development kit so it’s no surprise that it will be easy to root and it won’t void your warranty. In fact, they will even sell you one already rooted if you choose. OUYA is made for hackers and the hardware is designed to encourage it as it opens easily with standard screws.
Right now there is 29 days left to go and they are looking for $950,000. They are already up to $293,296 at the time of this post so things are looking really good. You can pledge as little as $10, which will reserve your username. The unit itself and controller was $95, but that’s already sold out, but for $4 more you can guarantee a unit before it hits stores. For $699 you can get a first run unit already rooted.
For more information and/or to pledge, hit the source link below.