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OUYA Developers Sound Off: Successes And Failures Of The Dev Kit, One Month Out

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    OUYA developers sound off: successes and failures of the dev kit, one month out (click for full article)

    "You still can't touch an OUYA. Not until March, at the earliest, and that's only if you're a Kickstarter backer. However, one lucky group of folks already has access: game developers. Those among us who shelled out $700 -- as well as the 10 lucky studios who won that contest -- got an early jump on a pre-rooted OUYA dev kit, while those of us who dropped $95 (or more) are left in the lurch. Of course, those early units aren't exactly the couch-friendly consoles we expect to arrive in a few months, but they are representative of the final hardware.


    And let's face it -- the OUYA is important. A crowdfunded, extremely inexpensive, open-source game console? That's not exactly the standard (heck, Sony's PlayStation 3 debuted with a $500 baseline). The OUYA is essentially taking the low-cost / high-performance aspect of mobile gaming and moving it into a TV-friendly space, and that concept has even spawned some imitators (the likes of which we'll assuredly see more).


    But what do we know about actually using the OUYA? Beyond basic specs and a sporadic showering of images, we've never actually touched the thing. With that in mind, we asked a trio of developers who've spent the last month with their dev kits how they feel about the console thus far, and we've compiled their thoughts below. One month out, how does the OUYA dev kit stack up for developers? Let's find out!"
     
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    Pre-order the $100 Ouya game console at Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, Target - Liliputing (click for full article)

    "The Ouya game console is a video game console with an NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor and Android-based operating system. It comes with a wireless controller and it's designed to make it easy for developers to port their mobile games to the big screen, create new titles optimized for televisions, and to give users a platform for playing free and paid Android games in the living room.


    After raising millions of dollars in a Kickstarter funding campaign, the Ouya Team started taking pre-orders for the game console through its website, for folks that didn't get a chance to reserve a unit during the fundraising round.


    Now it looks like there will be another way to pick up a $100 Ouya game console: It will be available from a number of national retailers in the US.


    Amazon, Best Buy, and Target are already taking pre-orders for the Ouya for $99.99. According to the Wall Street Journal, it will also be available from Gamestop.


    While the initial Ouya units should start shipping to customers starting in April, it's not expected to be available in stores until June.


    In addition to operating as a game console, the Ouya box will support media apps such as XBMC and Plex, Vevo, iheartradio and TuneIn, making it a relatively inexpensive device for bringing internet audio and video to your TV.


    But there are no shortage of those these days. It's really the focus on games that makes the Ouya stand out."
     
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    Ouya seems to be what Google TV should have been.
     
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    Ouya plans to deliver newer, more powerful game consoles every year - Liliputing (click for full article)

    "The first Ouya video game consoles are expected to ship in March. They'll feature Android software and 1.6 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processors. When the Ouya project was first announced last year, those were some of the most impressive specs available for an Android device.


    These days, Tegra 3 is already old hat, with Qualcomm, Samsung, and others already offering faster mobile processors. And NVIDIA's Tegra 4 platform is set to launch shortly after the Ouya hits the street. So in some ways, the hardware will be dated on day one.


    But don't worry - the next Ouya will be more powerful.


    Ouya CEO Julie Uhrman tells Engadget and The Verge that the company plans to launch a new game console every year, offering faster processors and other improvements at about the same price.


    In other words, you won't have to wait 5 years to get a next-generation game console the way you do with Nintendo, PlayStation, or Xbox devices. Instead, Ouya is following a mobile phone/tablet-like strategy and putting out new hardware every year.


    That means we could see a Tegra 4 based model eventually, or a device with a different, faster mobile chip. Thanks to the falling prices of storage and other components, future Ouya consoles might also have more than 8GB of built-in storage.


    Does that mean you'll have to purchase new games every year? Not necessarily - games purchased from the Ouya Store will be tied to your account, not your hardware. So if you pay $99 to get next year's model, all of the games you bought for your first-generation Ouya should still be available (although it's not yet clear if your saved games and other data will be transferred automatically).


    With rumors suggesting that the PlayStation 4 could cost more than $400, a $99 Ouya seems like an interesting low-cost alternative. It might not be as powerful as a PS4, but you could buy a new one every year for 4 years and still spend less than you would on Sony's next-gen game console (if the rumors are correct)."
     
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    Not sure if I like the idea of always being behind the curve of the latest chips being released. Would have preferred them to release new console a very short time after the release of the chip.
     
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    Ouya $99 game console ships to Kickstarter backers on March 28th - Liliputing (via Mowser) (click for full article)

    "Ouya raised more than $8 million last year for an Android-based video game console that would sell for $99. Now the company is getting ready to ship the first units to backers of the wildly successful Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign.

    The first Ouya game consoles will ship on March 28th, 2013.

    Folks who didn't make a pledge last year can also pre-order from the Ouya shop or other stores including Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop and Target. Customers who pre-order now should get their devices in June."
     
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    We will have to wait and see if Ouya is anything but so far it does appear promising.
     
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    Ouya game console will support N64, NES, other classic console emulators - Liliputing (click for full article)

    by Brad Linder - March 23, 2013

    "The first Ouya $99 video game consoles are expected to ship next week to customers who backed the team's Kickstarter campaign. Users will be able to download and play games on their TV using the small Android-powered game system.

    While most of those games will be Android titles optimized for use with a gamepad and TV (instead of a phone or tablet with a touchscreen), you may also be able to play games that were never intended for Android at all - because the Ouya supports emulators.

    Developer Paul Lamb has ported his Mupen64 emulator to the Ouya platform, which will allow users to play Nintendo64 games with an Ouya.

    Other developers are also working on emulators for the classic Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) and possibly other consoles as well."
     
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