The console is currently in its Engineering Verification Test phase, and developer kits are set to start shipping in December. The move to build the Android powered console around Jelly Bean is naturally a good one, as developers will now have a chance to get a chance to build their apps around the newest version of Android.
While I’m very happy to see Ouya being built on Jelly Bean, I’m still curious to see if any of the existing hardware will be upgraded before the console starts shipping in March of next year. Mind you, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of memory, and a Tegra 3 processor certainly isn’t anything to whine about, but considering that we already have phones running 2GB of RAM and Tegra 3+ (along with other quad core A9 and A15 chipsets) processors, I’m hoping that the device doesn’t arrive in homes simply to already be “outdated” when it arrives (especially considering that Tegra 4 is set to be announced in around 8 or 9 weeks).
That being said, I’m sure that the Ouya team is doing their very best to get the most out of the hardware they’re using, and I’m really glad I got in on the fun early!