Ouya: A New Way to Game

Ouya is a new gaming console that is taking the gaming community by storm. But what is it? Why is it such a cool idea? And what can you do with it? I’ll try and answer these questions and more in this blog post.

What is it?

Ouya is an open-source gaming console. At its’ heart is Android 4.0. This is a new project that was just recently unveiled. Within two days of the unveiling, the Ouya development team reached, and greatly surpassed, their initial goal of $950,000 with nearly 31,0oo backers and just under $4 million on kickstarter.com. Clearly, it’s receiving a lot of attention and hype, but why?

Why is it a good idea?

If Ouya can deliver a good console that provides a fun experience and has good support from top notch game developers, it could revolutionize the way we game. This is true for a couple of reasons. Ouya is a console modder/hackers dream. It’s actually encouraged on the kickstarter site! Rooting the device will not void your warranty. Sweet.

From their website:

“Let’s open this sucker up! It’s time we brought back innovation, experimentation, and creativity to the big screen. Let’s make the games less expensive to make, and less expensive to buy. With all our technological advancements, shouldn’t costs be going down? Gaming could be cheaper!

We’re handing the reins over to the developer with only one condition: at least some gameplay has to be free. We borrowed the free-to-play model from games like League of Legends, Team Fortress 2, Triple Town, and many others. Developers can offer a free demo with a full-game upgrade, in-game items or powers, or ask you to subscribe.”

No one likes to buy a game before trying it. Especially with the terrible return policies in place at many stores like Best Buy. Ouya changes that by forcing developers to make at least some part of their games free to play.  Oh and about the price? It’s only $99. Compare that to any console put out in the last 10 years and it’s easy to see why this project is quickly gaining popularity.

So what can you do with it?

Obviously you can game, but what may not be as obvious is that since Ouya is based on Android 4.0, Android developers will to able to publish their apps to Ouya as well. The possibilities are endless and, considering the price tag, the specs aren’t too shabby. It’s important to note that Ouya is not meant to compete with the major consoles out on the market already like Xbox, Playstation, and Wii.

When does it come out?

There’s no confirmed release date set as of yet, but the estimated delivery date on the backer’s goodies are mostly in March 2013.

Hopefully the Ouya will be able to deliver an engaging and fun experience while providing a new platform for developers to play with.

P.S. In the time it took me to write this article Ouya gained 2,000 more backers over $200,000.