By this point, this probably warrants its own thread. So here we are.|
There's a new games console on the way:
Since launching yesterday, the company's Kickstarter has already sailed well past its funding goal of $950,000. At time of writing the project has received financial backing totalling $2,446,620 and broken records for the most funding on Kickstarter in the first 24 hours. That means it's well on track to beat Double Fine Studios $3.3m feat.
Ouya is $99 android-based console using nvidia's Tegra3 line of chips, originally designed for high-performance mobile devices and tablets.
Ouya is designed to be completely open, with all users able to create and sell apps and games through the machine's own marketplace and add functionality and hardware to the device without restrictions. Each unit ships with a development kit and will allow all users to submit their game or app to the marketplace either for free or using a payment model of their choosing. The only restriction is that all games submitted to the service must include a free trial.
Notable figures involved with the console are Ed Fries, best known for co-creating Microsoft's Xbox, designer Yves Behar and backing from the makers of Minecraft, industry veteran Jordan Mechner (of Prince of Persia fame) and Brian Fargo, creator of classic game Wasteland (which went on to inspire the Fallout series of games).
Ouya is expected to launch around March 2013 and will retail for $99 for a console and controller. Additional controllers can be purchased for $30.
With their goal reached and 28 days of funding left to go, the company have declared that they are now considering "stretch goals" - additional things that they will be able to bring to the project with any money over the original aim of $950,000. With nearly three times that amount already committed to the project, they will have plenty of scope to push their idea even further.
Edited by darkmorgado at 11:57:12 11-07-2012
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