Ouya: Upcoming Open-Source Android-Powered Game Console


Mon, Aug 27th, 2012 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

This is pretty crazy. On July 3rd a Kickstarter campain was started for Ouya, an open-source Android-powered game console that features "many high-end specs, and a price tag of $99." A month later, it raised 904% of their goal and the promising device is ready for pre-order.

From the Wikipedia article on the device:

The Ouya will feature an exclusive Ouya store for applications and games designed specifically for the Ouya system platform. Out of the box, Ouya will include the TwitchTV application and access to the OnLive video game streaming service.[2] The physical dimensions of the Ouya console are expected to be around the size of a Rubik's cube.[13] It is expected to run on a modified version of Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich", and be open to rooting of the console Android operating-system without the user voiding the warranty (developer models ordered during the Kickstarter campaign for $699 or $1,337 will come pre-rooted).[2] The console's hardware design will allow it to be easily opened up, requiring only a standard screwdriver to allow easy modding and possible hardware addons (via "well-documented test points").[14] All systems can be used as development kits, allowing any Ouya owner and gamer to also be a developer, without the need for licensing fees. All games will be required to have some kind of free-to-play form.[2] This could mean the game is completely free, has a free trial, or has purchasable upgrades, levels, or other in-game items.



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