Ouya: The $99 hackable Android game console

The developers of the Ouya won't try to compete with the billion dollar corporations battling for console dominance with the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii U. The makers of the protoype console powered by Google's Android OS are looking to play their own game, focusing on downloadable, free-to-play video games that can be experienced on a low-cost, high-power device. Follow along for every step of the console's creation — from its Kickstarter funding to its planned release in March 2013!

Ouya won't support online multiplayer gaming at launch, says CEO (update)

The $99 Ouya won't support online multiplayer for games at launch, says Ouya CEO Julie Uhrman, telling The Verge that the feature will come to the Android console later this year.

Uhrman spoke with The Verge's Joshua Topolsky at SXSW Interactive today, explaining that certain online features like leaderboards and multiplayer achievements won't be ready for Ouya's public launch in June. The console will be focused on local multiplayer gaming at launch, with Urhman saying, "I think Ouya is going to bring back couch play."

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Games uploaded to Ouya from today will be live when console launches

Any game that is uploaded from today to the Ouya Android-powered console will be available to players when the console ships to its Kickstarter backers on March 28, according to a blog post by Ouya's lead of developer relations, Kellee Santiago.

According to the post, the Ouya store is currently being reset, so any games that were uploaded during the console's test period will be removed. From today onwards, any game that is uploaded will remain on the Ouya store and be available to backers when they receive the console later this month, and to everyone else when the console has a public...

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Ouya begins life after Kickstarter with $109 pre-orders

Ouya's crowdfunding campaign just finished, and now the project is letting would-be owners pre-order the miniature console outside of Kickstarter. For those in the US, you can pre-order an Ouya along with one controller for $109, while the rest of the world can expect to pay $119 for the controller/console set (bundles with additional controllers are also available). Back in July Ouya managed to reach its initial funding goal of $950,000 in just eight hours, and since then has garnered support from a few notable game developers and content providers — and you can learn more about the...

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Ouya Kickstarter campaign ends with more than $8.5 million raised

Ouya's Kickstarter campaign ended today, with the project raising $8,596,475 from 63,416 backers at the time of publishing, exceeding their target goal by nearly 805 percent.

The Ouya Kickstarter campaign first launched July 10 with a funding goal of $950,000. Promising an elegant, affordable console built on the Android operating system, the Ouya campaign broke funding records by reaching its goal in only eight hours.

The $99 hackable console, designed by Yves Behar, was met with skepticism over whether it would be delivered with playable games by its ambitious launch date of March 2013....

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Ouya may get Namco Bandai games, will support four controllers and Plex

The makers of Ouya, the Kickstarted $99 open console powered by Android, are in "active discussions" with Namco Bandai to bring the publisher's franchises to the system, according to the project's Kickstarter page.

"Namco Bandai brings with it a rich history of iconic gaming franchises, from classics like Pac-Man and Galaga, to seminal franchises like Tekken and Ridge Racer," said vice president of marketing Carlson Choi, "and we're excited to explore how we can work with Ouya to bring some great titles to the forthcoming console."

Today's project update also confirmed that Ouya will...

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XBMC and Ouya team up on integrated Android media center

The team behind XBMC — the iconic cross-platform, open source media center which recently made its way on to Android — will receive early access to prototypes of the much-anticipated Ouya games console, making sure that the app provides a smooth experience on the platform. The two organizations claim a natural affinity based on their shared reliance on Google's open source operating system. According to a joint announcement posted on the XBMC blog and Ouya's Kickstarter page this morning, "many of Team Ouya support XBMC, and nearly a third of Team XBMC members are Ouya backers."

First...

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'Shadowrun Online' planned for Ouya, Linux

Shadowrun Online, the free-to-play isometric action RPG looking for funding on Kickstarter, is coming to Ouya and Linux, according to developer Cliffhanger Productions.

The game had previously been confirmed for PC/Mac, iOS, and Android.

Cliffhanger is building Shadowrun Online on the Unity3D engine, which will support Linux in its upcoming version 4.0. Unity 4.0 has no release date at this point, so while Cliffhanger can't guarantee that the game will be available on Linux at launch, the studio pledged to make a Linux port as soon as possible.

"You can now easily play the game on your...

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Ouya gets limited-edition brown model, Vevo content

Ouya's makers trotted out a limited-edition brown console and controller, as well as content from Vevo, for the final week of the console's Kickstarter drive.

The brown, brushed metal console and accompanying controller are only available this week; the cost is $140 instead of the $99 price tag for the standard silver unit. According to Ouya, the price hike covers the increased costs for the limited edition's smaller production run. Those who have already thrown in $99 for a standard console can increase their pledge to $140 if they would like a limited-edition unit.

In addition, the face...

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OnLive is coming to Ouya and our first look at the controller

Cloud gaming platform OnLive will be coming to Kickstarter-funded gaming console Ouya when it hits next year, the companies announced this morning.

In a post on their official blog this morning, OnLive general manager Bruce Grove wrote that OnLive would be available on the open-source, Android-powered home console when the device hits in March 2013.

Grove wrote that OnLive and Ouya felt like a natural fit:

"OUYA is rethinking the console business, making waves by using standard technology to make gaming for your living room accessible, affordable and more innovative than ever," he wrote....

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'Human Element' on Ouya: New studio, new franchise, new console

You would think that a game developer who held a seven-year tenure with a major publisher like Activision would know a thing or two about risk mitigation — yet Robotoki president and former Infinity Ward lead Robert Bowling seems content to take every risk imaginable with his team's first development project.

The team's first game will be an episodic prequel to Human Element, its ambitious, cross-platform project scheduled for a distant 2015 release. The episodes will expand upon the apocalyptic, zombified event that sets the stage for the full title — a reversal of the industry's habit of...

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Ouya controller design plans detailed

The highly anticipated Ouya console will be roughly the size of a Rubik's Cube and small enough to throw in a backpack, according to its designer Yves Behar.

Responding to a Q&A on Kotaku, Behar stated the physical product is designed to be small in size and shaped unlike current console models.

"I don't know what others are doing in the future," he said in reply to whether the "tower" shape seen in the design of current generation consoles will continue to be used in an era of digital distribution. "But we have made a deliberate attempt to go away from current shapes...our console is quite...

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'Human Element' prequel announced as first-party exclusive for Ouya

Human Element, the first game from ex-Infinity Ward lead Robert Bowling's Robotoki development studio, will receive an episodic prequel on the Ouya — the very first announced first-party title for the platform.

In an update on the Kickstarter page for the now extremely well-funded Ouya, Bowling shares his enthusiasm for the open-source Android console. His enthusiasm evolved into two different kinds of support for Ouya, first as a $10,000 donation to the Ouya Kickstarter, and later as a partnership with his studio, Robotoki.

The episodic prequel will share some of the backstory of the...

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Ouya's Amazon hire sets the path for the Kickstarter console

OUYA's Muffi Ghadiali outlined the next steps the console manufacturer is taking amidst growing skepticism from the gaming community that the OUYA console might not be ready in time for its March launch date.

Ghadiali, who came from Lab126 where he worked on the Kindle line of Amazon products said on the OUYA's Kickstarter page that his job is to make sure the product meets the needs of gamers and developers. After outlining his credentials, including experience in building hardware and software, he went on to list the things that the company is going to do now.

In a dot point addressed to...

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Ouya isn't just Kickstarter funded (update)

The developers behind Kickstarter-funded Ouya do not intend to "engage in any conversations related to funding" while they are on Kickstarter, founder Julie Uhrman told Polygon today.

The comment comes in the wake of an interview with Develop in which Uhrman seemed to indicate that the company was seeking financing outside of Kickstarter during the crowdsource fund drive.

"This is a really big undertaking and it's going to be expensive," said Uhrman. "We're looking for additional funds of money but more importantly we wanted to take it to Kickstarter regardless."

Urhman states Kickstarter...

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'Hawken' publisher announces Ouya support as Ouya CEO posts update

Hawken publisher Meteor Entertainment will be developing for Ouya, the company's CEO Mark Long announced today on Twitter. Developed by Adhesive Games using Unreal Engine 3, a scaled back version of the upcoming free-to-play mech shooter could conceivably run on the Ouya's Tegra 3 processor, which supports the game engine, though Long's tweet is short on details.

Meanwhile, in the second update to the fledgling console's Kickstarter page, Boxer8 CEO Julie Uhrman posted...

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Yves Béhar discusses the Ouya as the console nears $3 million on Kickstarter

The $99, Android-based Ouya game console Kickstarter project reached its goal in less than eight hours and as of this writing — just over day since it launched — it's closing in on three million dollars in support. The designer behind the console, Yves Béhar, took the stage at the Mobile Beat conference today to talk about how it all came together. The Ouya is up against the biggest players in the consumer electronics industry — Sony and Microsoft — but Béhar thinks that the gaming console business is ready for disruption from the bottom:

The gaming community [...] wants to be engaged,...

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Ouya console meets $950,000 Kickstarter funding goal in 8 hours

The makers of Ouya, the low-cost video game console based on Google's Android OS and designed by Yves Behar, have already surpassed their $950,000 fundraising goal on Kickstarter. The project, a $99 game console and controller that aims to adapt the mobile app business model for the TV, was officially unveiled earlier today. It took just 8 hours and 14 minutes for Ouya to reach its goal.

Kickstarter backers quickly snapped up 1,000 "early bird" Ouya consoles at $95 a pop, which the company expects to begin shipping in March 2013. More than 5,000 additional consoles were pre-purchased at...

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Ouya, the $99, Android-powered, Kickstarter-funded, hackable game console explained

The developers of the Ouya won't try to compete with the billion dollar corporations battling for console dominance with the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii U. The makers of the protoype console powered by Google's Android OS are looking to play their own game, focusing on downloadable, free-to-play video games that can be experienced on a low-cost, high-power device.

Details first leaked about Ouya last week, when a project overview and concept renders were posted to the online startup directory AngelList. While it wasn't long before the page was removed, the Ouya has reemerged as a...

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Ouya: a $99 hackable Android game console designed by Yves Behar

We don't often report on startups without a physical product to their name, but when you've got sponsors like Ouya does, it's hard not to pay attention. According to a posting on AngelList, Ouya has recruited the talents of Yves Behar to build a $99 Android game console that you can connect to a TV, with a high-concept developer ecosystem that's as free as can be. Any developer will be able to publish games, claims the listing, and all games will be free to play. Even the underlying hardware is "built to be hacked" — every customer who buys a retail box will get a dev kit in the bargain,...

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