started as a project on Kickstarter to create an open-source, inexpensive, Android-based gaming console. In less than a year, it has graduated from crowdfunding pie in the sky to a whole new gaming ecosystem, and Ouya's founder, Julie Uhrman, now says she expects deals to be in place in the coming months that will also allow Ouya to function as a de facto set-top box.
, one of Kickstarter's big success stories, is rolling out a new model of its Android micro-console. While the bulk of it remains the same, it has introduced a new color and increased the amount of storage for downloading games. Of course, the price tag of this new model has also seen a slight jump to US$130.
It wasn't long ago that a tiny video game console known as the OUYA
gained public attention. This little machine promises some interesting gameplay and integration with popular services
like XBMC, OnLive, and TuneIn Internet radio. Now, we have a June release Window and a final retail price of US$99.
Come March or April, when the US$99 Ouya games console should see release, Android will have stepped out of the mobile sphere and into a dainty little cube residing in the broad proximity of the television. But even before Ouya has had a chance to assert itself in the market, Charles Huang, co-creator of the Guitar Hero
series of games, has muddied the water with a different approach to putting Android games on the TV – one that assumes millions of us already have the console itself in our pockets: an Android smartphone. It's called Green Throttle, and it's about as simple as an app and an analog controller.
When the Kickstarter-funded Ouya Android gaming console was first announced
, we all stood up and took notice. Now, its makers have announced that they are going to be adding even more new features. Early adopters will be able to enjoy XBMC, OnLive and TuneIn right from their US$99 Ouya console.
Ouya (pronounced Ooo-yah) is a new Android-powered games console currently under development. New games consoles from companies other than the established big three of Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo are rare, and with good reason. Gaming hardware is notoriously difficult to get right and is usually a loss-maker with the software sold being where the real money is. However, Ouya isn't your typical home games console, and it isn't designed to go head-to-head with the PS3, Xbox 360, or Wii in any real sense. Instead it's an Android-powered device that will sell for just US$99.