Android-based affordable gaming console OUYA stirred a lot of people including tech watchers and gamers when it debuted on Kickstarter back in July 2012. After the successful fund-raiser, which was one of the most successful ever promoted on the crowdfunding site Kickstarter, the gamers as well as developers were eagerly waiting for the device. It was promised that Ouya will arrive in late December. The good news is, Ouya gaming console has started to ship to developers.
The folks at Oyua confirmed on Dec 28 that 1,200 developer consoles have been shipped. The game developers will be able to gain access to Ouya Development Kit (ODK). Each kit includes a Ouya gaming console that is about the size of a coffee mug, two controllers with batteries, a HDMI cable, a power cable and a Micro USB cable.
The Ouya game consoles hardware includes a Tegra 3 quad-core processor, 1 GB RAM, 8GB onboard flash storage, HDMI out with up to 1080p support, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth LE 4.0, one USB 2.0 port, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), and an Ethernet port. Beyond gaming, Ouya will support Vevo music video streaming and integration with the XBMC and Plex media management platforms. Tinkerers can construct their own peripherals and connect them via USB or Bluetooth.
Ouya founder and CEO Julie Uhrman said in a promotional video, “Anybody that wants to develop a game for television, we allow them to do this.” Here’s the video for you.
As Ouya gaming consoles have started to ship to developers, it is expected that backers who coughed up $699 or more will get the consoles soon.
As Ouya is based on Android, any game or other app already developed for Android can be played or accessed via Ouya’s online store. If you are interested to buy Ouya, you can pre-order it on the company’s website. You will get the gaming console and one controller for $109, including shipping. If you want two controllers, then you will need to add extra $30 (including shipping).