Meet OUYA, Android Based Gaming Console For $99

Meet OUYA, Android Based Gaming Console For $99

If you’re constantly checking tech news, then you may have heard about the Ouya (pronounced OOO-yah) gaming console. This project is funded through Kickstarter and it became the most quickly funded project on Kickstarter to reach one million dollars. Within a short span of time, this video game console which is based on Android mobile operating system has attracted the eyes of many, especially gamers who want to try out something new apart from the Sony and Microsoft offerings.

Talking about the appearance of this console, then this is the size of a Rubik’s cube. Yes, its that small which means that it’s portable and can be easily carried aronud.

The developers claim that rooting this console won’t void your warranty. There won’t be a surprise if developers come out with easy to use rooting solutions for this console. Plus, the console can be opened with a standard screwdriver. Hardware hackers can create their own peripherals, and connect via USB or Bluetooth.

Here are the hardware specs of Ouya:

  • 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 operating system

Ouya claims that all the games on it will be free to try. This can mean that that all game developers will need to provide at least some gameplay for free. For end users, this is great as they can try out the game before buying. But this can also mean that there will be freemium upgrades, in-app purchases and banner ads inside the game.

If you like watching StarCraft or League of Legends, then Twitch.TV is also supported out of the box.

If you’re wondering about the exact prices of this open gaming console, then here it is:

U.S. Orders

  • 1 Console = 1 Controller = $109.99
  • 1 Console = 2 Controllers = $139.99
  • 1 Console = 4 Controllers = $199.99

International Orders

  • 1 Console = 1 Controller = $119.99
  • 1 Console = 2 Controllers = $149.99
  • 1 Console = 4 Controllers = $209.99

This pricing includes $10 for shipping in the U.S., and $20 for international shipments.

The official website states that expected delivery is by April 2013. For sure that’s a lot of time to wait for.

Are you interested in buying this affordable Android-powered gaming console? Let’s hear your thoughts in the comments section.