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OUYA: A New Kind of Video Game Console

OUYA Console

How would you feel about a console gaming machine that was affordable, based on open-source, brimming with free content, oh, and you can mod it without fear of legal ramification? If you are salivating even a little, than meet the OUYA project. A new game console based on the Android OS, with goals of lowering the barrier for game development when compared to traditional consoles. To develop, there are no licensing fees, and each console will come with an SDK. The best part? The $99 price tag.

The visionaries behind the project wish to restore the living room gaming experience, something they recall fondly from their childhood. Their concern, the shift of project funding and developers moving to mobile platforms:

"We get it – smartphones and tablets are getting all the new titles – they're 'what's hot.' The console market is pushing developers away. We've seen a brain drain: some of the best, most creative gamemakers are focused on mobile and social games because those platforms are more developer-friendly. And the ones who remain focused on console games can't be as creative as they'd like."

At the $99 pricetag, the specs are reasonable and on par with the high-end Android phones:

  • Tegra 3 Quad-core Processor
  • 8GB Internal Flash Storage
  • 1GB RAM
  • HDMI Out (1080p HD Support)
  • Bluetooth LE 4.0
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • USB 2.0 port

If you are interested in backing the project, or just learning more about OUYA, then check out their Kickstarter page:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ouya/ouya-a-new-kind-of-video-game-console

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