Friday, 13 July 2012

Ouya and kickstarter, the future of consoles?

Ouya and kickstarter, the future of consoles?

A new Android-based games console called Ouya has been taking the internet by storm, and it hasn’t even been made yet. It is just one of the projects being funded by gaming fans at Its makers had hoped to to raise $950k from gaming fans and backers within a month for it to go into production. A few days, and it has already gathered close to $4 million. Ouya is billed as a “new kind of video game console”.

The project was first unveiled only a few days ago. In a video pitching the Ouya console to visitors to the Ouya website , its makers said it wanted to raise $950k to get the project up and running.

With 27 days to go, the project already has already collected close to $4 million, meaning it’s very likely that the Ouya console will go into production. The console is seen as a new alternative to current consoles promising to bring more innovation and creativity to gaming.

“Let’s open this sucker up!” the Ouya website says. “It’s time we brought back innovation, experimentation, and creativity to the big screen. Let’s make the games less expensive to make, and less expensive to buy. With all our technological advancements, shouldn’t costs be going down? Gaming could be cheaper!”

The hardware is powered by a Tegra3 quad-core processor, has 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal flash storage, HDMI connection to TVs for full HD pictures, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB 2.0 connectivity for peripherals, a wireless controller.

Ouya will come running Android 4.0, with games that are free to play. Hacking is actively encouraged, and any publisher will be able to get their game on Ouya.

While that means there’s likely to be a lot of poor quality games on the console, it also means more creative ideas that otherwise wouldn’t have made it to the television, will get in there, too. Backers will be hoping the good games won’t be hard to find among the rubbish ones.

With plenty of backing, Ouya is already being hailed a future model for gaming consoles, just as Nintendo’s Wii U arrives later this year, and at a time when new Xbox and PlayStation consoles are on the horizon. Where Ouya fits in remains to be seen. Could such a console really compete? What do you think.

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