We’ve talked a bit about the upcoming Ouya console, the Android-based console that if successful could be a potential haven for independent game developers. After wrapping up an incredibly successful fundraiser on Kickstarter, where they were able to raise over $8.5 million (they were only shooting for $950,000), pre-orders for the console have gone live on the Ouya webpage.
Here’s the breakdown of your pre-order options:
- Ouya console with one controller- $109.99
- Ouya console with two controllers- $139.99
- Ouya console with four controllers- $199.99
The prices above are for U.S. orders only; add $10 to each tier for international ordering. Included in the shipping cost is the fee for shipping as well.
Full disclosure: we did contribute to the Kickstarter campaign and will be receiving an Ouya console when it releases. The Ouya garnered quite a bit of support during its campaign. Robotaki (Robert Bowling’s, formerly of Infinity Ward fame, new development studio) will be releasing the episodic prequel to their first game, The Human Element, exclusively on the Ouya. OnLive will bring it’s streaming game service to Ouya. Popular open-source media center XMBC will be on the console. It was also recently announced Namco Bandai is in discussions of a partnership with Ouya to bring some of their most popular titles, like Pac-Man and Tekken, on to the console.
Basically, early indications are this console is going to be legit. The hope for me is many Android app developers also get on board and essentially make this your Android-powered media center/game console for your home. I don’t think this will take the place of the PS3 or Xbox 360 in your entertainment center anytime soon, but it should certainly be a solid supplement. There are lots of games in the mobile space I purposely avoid because I can’t get down with the touch and accelerometer controls required for smartphone and tablet gaming. Getting to play these titles with a proper controller, on a 60″ screen, is exactly what I’m looking for, and the free-to-play model Ouya is aiming for encourages gamers to really give a chance to some titles they might have otherwise turned a blind eye to.
No release date has been set for the console, but their website says pre-orders should ship in April 2013.