The $99 console that has been teasing gamers with an alternative to the big three home console makers, has far surpassed its Kickstarter goal. Initially looking for just under a million dollars to get the first lineup of Ouya consoles to market, that goal has now been doubled, with over 28 days left to go.
Outa is an interesting device, since as well as being far more affordable, the guys behind it are trying to do away with a lot of the console industry’s time honoured traditions. This includes the removal of dev kits, licensing fees, retail fees and publishing fees. Getting games onto the platform is not only cheap for the player, but cheap for the developer too. Every game has to have a free to play option tpo.
Wondering what kind of hardware you can get for just $99? Well it’s hardly mind blowing, but it’s not exactly awful either:
- Tegra3 quad-core processor
- 1GB RAM
- 8GB of internal flash storage
- HDMI connection to the TV, with support for up to 1080p HD
- WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
- Bluetooth LE 4.0
- USB 2.0 (one)
- Wireless controller with standard controls (two analog sticks, d-pad, eight action buttons, a system button), a touchpad
- Android 4.0
While when the console is released next year, the Tegra 3 chip is likely to be a bit old – though with stretch goals we could see this upgraded – the 1GB of Ram is more than we have in current gen systems like the Xbox 360 and PS3, and with 8GB of internal storage, there’s more room for game downloads than in the base arcade versions of the 360 too. It seems a shame that there’s no USB 3.0 support, but data transfer isn’t going to be a big selling point of the Ouya, keeping the cost down is.
This console could be a real game changer, especially considering the growing trend of console usage. Most people use their machine for watching videos, going online, social networking etc. more than they actually use it for gaming. If there’s a cheap alternative that can hook up with people’s smartphones, Ouya could do very well indeed.
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