Tuesday, August 14, 2012

A Quickie With the Drewid

A Den Quickie: The Ouya

By Drewid91/tigersclaw91

For the last several decades console gaming has been a place for big name developers with
millions of dollars to throw at a game. The Ouya wants to change that. The Ouya is a new console in
development by Jambox that will run on an open source Android platform. Jambox is looking to open
up the console gaming market to independent developers. All the games on the Ouya will be free to
play or at least have a demo, so you can always try before you buy.

The company launched a kickstarter campaign through back on July 10, 2012.
The campaign had a goal of $950,000 and ran till August 9, 2012. Sounds like a lot doesn’t it? Well the
donations went far beyond their goals. The total donations reached over 2.5 million by the end of the
first day, by the end of the campaign donations totaled over $8,500,000. That’s nearly 9 times what they
were hoping for!

The campaign gave donators a series of rewards based on donation levels. Those who donated
at least $10 were able to reserve their usernames before the consoles launch. A donation of $95 or
more netted the donator a Ouya console and controller. $10,000 or more in donations gave the
donator access to “The Angel List” the entire first set of consoles will have their usernames and backer
ids engraved on the back. Angel List members will also receive a private dinner invitation for the launch
party with game developers and designers.

I can go on and on about how promising this console looks but I’ll attempt to sum the rest up
within this paragraph and leave the rest to you guys. You can still preorder a console and controller for
$109 + shipping at , be sure to check out the video explaining the project and its goals.
This console is looking to change the console gaming industry. Developers will be able to avoid
numerous fees and restrictions commonly associated with console games namely; licensing, retail, and
publishing fees, along with software restrictions. The Ouya is looking to be affordable but efficient. The
console will plug right into your tv and give the user a plethora of games to play. It will feature support
for numerous services like Twitch, Onlive, Vevo, IheartRadio, Plex, and XBMC.

Alright here is some links so you DENizens can see what I mean and hopefully get as excited as I

am. - official site for the Ouya, check out the video and preorder one if you’re really
interested. kickstarter
page contains more written info about the project. up and coming gaming
news site, yes I’m plugging them :D. Video explains some more in-depth info.