Ouya easily raised $8 million on Kickstarter, even though many were doubtful it would ever be commercially available to consumers or viable for developers. A few of these doubters have been proven wrong, though, since the Ouya will be available this Summer at big-name retailers including Best Buy, Target and Amazon for the ridiculously low price of $99.
For that price, you get one console plus one controller. The console is small enough that you can take it anywhere, but if you want to play against friends, you'll need to pick up a second controller for $49.99. Kickstarter backers will be the first to receive the consoles in early March, followed by those who pre-ordered in April and finally reaching retailers by June.
Why We Love Ouya
The OUYA console was an instant smash hit when it was first announced a few months ago. The video game system is built on Android, but fully connectable to your TV and playable with a fully-equipped controller. Ouya's big idea is that the video games you play in your living room could be as cheap, accessible and plentiful as the ones available in the Google Play Store.
The Ouya console streams video games through OnLive and runs a modified version of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box. Rooting the system so that you can play Android games on your TV should be a piece of cake, since the console will be open to rooting without voiding the warranty.
According to the creators of the device, every game developed for it must be either free-to-play or have a free trial version, leading many to believe that developers will rely on in-app purchases to make their investment worthwhile. It may be hard to lure developers to the platform, but relatively easy for established developers to mod their apps so that they work on the console.
I love the size and design of the device, and I think it has a bright future. What do you think?