It was only a couple of years ago that it was the darling of Kickstarter, blowing past its target goal of $950,000 with surprising ease and ending up with over eight and a half million dollars in funding. The start-up in question is Ouya, manufacturer of the Android micro gaming console, and thanks to a leaked memo from its CEO, Julie Uhrman, it would seem that the company has hit choppy waters as it now seeks a buyer.
Ouya, the game-console maker made famous by its kickstarter campaign, has recently received $10 million from online shopping titan Alibaba. There have been discussions about incorporating Ouya’s software and 1,000 game library into Alibaba’s set-top box.
The primary location where Ouya can flourish is in China, which is poised to be the next battleground for video game competition now that the 15 year-long ban on videogame consoles has been lifted. Although Ouya seemed to be off to a great start in 2012 with an explosion of funding, the results are less than expected, mostly due to the powerful hold on the market that Sony and Microsoft have and the recent emergence of the Nexus Player and Fire TV, which both allow for similar cheap gaming. However, a struggling company and a burgeoning market can be perfect for each other if there is a way for them to connect. Enter Alibaba. If there is any place that Alibaba knows, it’s China. Alibaba can be extremely helpful to Ouya as it tries to move into China’s market.
Ouya is no stranger to deals with other companies, and has also been working out some mutually beneficial agreements with Xiaomi as well.
The Ouya gaming console, or microconsole, is a device suitable for casual gamers. Some, though, find it a little limited and boring. One developer has been able to bring Google’s Android TV platform to Ouya, bringing some excitement back to the device. Not everything is operable, but that is expected to change in due time. All of the connection functions, like WiFi and Bluetooth, work. The issues arise with video and audio playback.
You can head over to the source link for directions and file downloads.
Source: XDA Developers
Ouya has launched an “all access” pass which can be purchased for $59.99, granting the user access to every game in the Ouya library for an entire year. It is, however, only being tested, so it may not be available for very long.
While the pass currently shows up as sold out, a new batch should be available soon. To check and see if you can buy the pass for yourself, simply head to the Ouya website.
Source: Droid Gamers
OUYA has announced a change to their service that will be implemented in coming weeks to let developers choose whether they want to distribute free-to-try games or just go for an up-front fee for gamers to grab a new title. In a blog post titled “It’s about CHOICE” the company says they had resisted allowing developers to offer anything other than free-to-try games. However, this appears to have been dampening enthusiasm for the platform and could be seen as not being entirely open, one of the principles the company is based on. Read more
Mad Catz and OUYA will be working together to bring OUYA content to the M.O.J.O. micro-console. With this content, the console itself will receive a price cut. It will now be priced at $199.99 in the U.S. with a similar price cut heading to other major territories. All existing content will be available on the console later this spring, with more content on the way. Darren Richardson, the President and CEO of Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. had this to say about the deal:
“With more than 680 games and 33,000 developers signed up, OUYA features an impressive catalogue of content from AAA developers and independent publishers, all of which are designed to replicate the core gaming experience, taking advantage of the TV and controller.”
So if you’re in the market for a dedicated Android console but can’t decide between the M.O.J.O. or the OUYA this may make your decision a little easier. Hit the source link for the full presser.
Source: Mad Catz Pressor
The importance of developing an ecosystem for rising platforms these days cannot be stressed enough— Ouya certainly has the right idea, as the Android-based game console manufacturer as announced that it will be pushing its software to other hardware in the future. Although the move will likely decrease sales on the Ouya gaming system, the reach of the software platform will certainly be able to branch out.
In an interview with “AListDaily,” Ouya CEO Julie Uhrman discussed her plans. Hit the break for the details.
OUYA, the little Android gaming console that could, has finally seen its first hardware update. The gaming console now has 16GB of memory and a slightly new feel. Rather than being silver like its 8GB predecessor, the matte black finish is present on both the actual console and the refined controller. Lag time from the controller has been decreased and the buttons and analog sticks have been improved. This likely means that they are tighter and more ‘clicky.’ Also, WiFi connectivity has been enhanced.
This new 16GB model is available now from the OUYA’s official store, Amazon, and Amazon.ca for $129 and it will be shipping with the latest firmware. The 8GB model will stick around, priced at $99; however, Amazon.ca is selling it for $69.99 at this time. Hit the link below to order yours from directly from the source.
The Android based Ouya gaming console is still relatively new, but it’s never too early for a good update! Just days after the announcement of a limited edition white version of the console, an update to the software of the system has been announced that brings a revamped UI and USB storage. The update is called Abominable Snowman.
The new UI brings a new white theme, getting rid of the old orange color scheme. The wallpaper and featured games in the UI can be updated on the fly, and game tiles are now much better organized. It is also much easier to see which games are new and which have updates. Future updates are also set to start being incremental, so you should be getting updates on your Ouya much more often.
The original OUYA Android-powered gaming console only offered up 8GB of internal storage. That’s a bit of a problem considering most games these days are getting to be more and more data-filled.
Thankfully, the folks over at OUYA have a solution. A new white version of its console was just released, and will offer up 16GB of storage.
You can buy it now for $130, $30 dollars more than the original OUYA. Whether or not that’s too much money for 8 more GB is up to you— but OUYA will soon be sending out a software upgrade which will enable support for USB flash drives so you can expand storage yourself.
It looks like OUYA will try to compete on the lower-end of the console market with this release coming right after the release of the PlayStation 4 and before the Xbox One’s release.