So the Ouya (pronounced wee-uh) Console is currently just a Kickstarter project, but it’s already broken Kickstarter records. It is the 8th Kickstarter to raise over a million dollars but has been the fastest ever to do so – in just 8 hours and 22 minutes. What is it?
It’s an Android powered open gaming console. They advertise “hackers welcome” and state that it will be easy to root and is held together with standard screws – not square, star, or torx screws. It will have a Tegra 3 CPU, 1gb of RAM, HDMI, Wifi, Bluetooth, a USB port, and Ethernet. While this might not sound like a powerhouse of a gaming console, the thing’s only going to cost $99. This puts it at the same price as an Apple TV – but one that is totally open to being able to do anything you want it to. Apple TV’s can be hacked to display other sources of videos but can’t play games or surf the internet. You’ll be able to watch gamers play on Twitch.tv or even play Human Element – the first confirmed console exclusive.
Just the other day, Fez developer issued a fix for their game that fixed framerate issues and various other bugs. One issue though is that this new patch might corrupt your gamesave rendering it unplayable. Phil Fish, the lead developer, said that he’s not going to issue another patch to correct this patch because Microsoft wants to charge him tens of thousands of dollars to have it recertified. This type of issue might plague consoles and be a roadblock in allowing indie developers to develop for the console market, but the Ouya’s open-sourced platform hopes to change that.
The Ouya has already raised $5.5 million with only a $950,000 goal so it looks like they’ve met it more than five times over. Check out their Kickstarter for more information or follow them on Twitter.