Ouya available today

[UPDATE] Android-powered microconsole now publicly available at select US and international retailers for $99; sold out on Amazon.

[UPDATE] Following the publication of this story, Ouya wrote on Twitter that all units at Amazon in the United States and United Kingdom have been sold out. Systems remain available for purchase at GameStop, Best Buy, and Target, as well as through the official Ouya website.

The original story follows below.

Less than a year after the highly successful Kickstarter campaign for the Ouya console came to a close, the Android-powered microconsole is now publicly available at select retailers.

The console can be purchased for $99 at retailers Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, and Target in the United States. Participating international retailers include Amazon Canada, Amazon UK, and Game. Systems can also be purchased directly through the Ouya website.

Included with every Ouya order is the console, a wireless controller with removable faceplates, an HDMI cable, two AA batteries, and a power adapter.

The original Kickstarter campaign for the Ouya concluded last August with $8.6 million. The company secured an additional $15 million through venture capital funding last month.

Every Ouya title is available to try via free demo. The platform currently has 173 games, according to the official Ouya website. These include titles from Sega, Double Fine, Airtight Games, Robotoki, Polygon, and Square Enix.

Written By

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and is a big UCONN athletics fan.

Discussion

324 comments
Sikrion
Sikrion

the market for the Ouya will be pirates. It will just be an emulation box. 

goggles123456
goggles123456

http://www.ouya.tv/games/

Actually a couple of neat things there that caught my eye, including emulators of all kinds.  At the moment, nothing that we haven't seen before on other consoles.  I hope it takes off!

Stesilaus
Stesilaus

I'm very interested to see how this turns out, particularly given that they've made the console very accessible to developers.  From Wikipedia:

"All systems can be used as development kits, allowing any Ouya owner and gamer to also be a developer, without the need for licensing fees."

I suppose that's a double-edged sword.  It makes the platform very attractive to part-time and indie-developers, but unless some sort of quality control is enforced, it could result in the platform's being inundated with crap.

Psmitty456
Psmitty456

What's the difference between the Ouya and hooking your Droid up to the TV besides a controller? 

hippiesanta
hippiesanta

FEEDbakula suld make a swansong video for OUYA

ajay1708
ajay1708

meh, I already have a better version of Ouya. It's called ipad. 

Pineapple_Head
Pineapple_Head

Too late.... I already have many game systems AND an Android OS based smart stick for my TV (which itself costs almost half the price of an Ouya).

tommit3
tommit3

I think its great idea but i dont understand why its $99 in the US and £99 in UK. Shorly that means we English are getting short changed £30!!! Its an outrage!

wexorian
wexorian

God why So many haters? This does not compete with console or PC, it compete max with phone gaming, Oyuya was created to Evolve Android games to something better.

Mommas_b_o_y
Mommas_b_o_y

can't be any worse then an xboxone. at least you're only out $100 instead of $600

DaWarthog
DaWarthog

I would support a Sega console.

DarthLod
DarthLod

And 5 people on here bought it...

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

It's weird. It's cheap. And, it's selling. -This will annoy Apple.

leandrro
leandrro

yeah, a console that play games you have on your phone,

 or you have on your cheapest laptop,

or if you live in a place where you dont have those things you probably never heard about ouya 

silvergol
silvergol

Damn, I have so high hopes on OUYA, but they don´t gonna have Exclusives games,great HD  games, OUYA is just a hunter  of developers for big corporations.

Yuusha09
Yuusha09

If they can make some good, local multiplayer games I'd be all for it.

DrBomberJack
DrBomberJack

I have been following the Ouya for some time and in all honesty I don't see this going anywhere big. It certainly has a appeal to some people but that group of people is still the minority. With many of its features also available on other systems, mainly smart phones and PC it will certainly lose some of its attraction. It may not bomb but i don't see this being a huge threat to the Xbone, PS4, or WiiU.

Haeravon
Haeravon

Can't most of these games be played on a smart phone or PC? Doesn't everybody already own a smart phone and a PC? Sounds like a waste of $100 to me... kind of like buying the Xbox One instead of the Playstation 4. Aww, no, that's too mean. I'd rather spend $100 on the OUYA than the Kinect 2.0 any day.

leeko_link
leeko_link

I would buy one but pretty much almost all them 173 games I already got on mobile iOS as were all the illegal roms and stuff. I'll get one when it actually has a worthwhile exclusive title with innovation.

Guy_Brohski
Guy_Brohski

This must be the Wii U and  XboxOne's competition.

pop_yoo
pop_yoo

I hope the giant bomb guys get one and play it/smash it/flush it down the toilet. they have been known to do that.

DiamondDM13
DiamondDM13

What exactly can one play in this thing?

Wild_666_Child
Wild_666_Child

@Sikrion it's already established that pirates even if they could afford video games,they won't pay for them so stop giving us that crap... it will have lots of paying costumers if it's good.

Busta
Busta

@mulletmadness29 That too.. You can already emulate android to your pc then play that on a tv monitor if you really wanted.  This is marketed to people outside the loop.  They have many things that can do what the ouya  can.

Busta
Busta

@mulletmadness29 50 bucks.. Less than a sub to xbox live

nait2k4
nait2k4

@Stesilaus Yes, thank god we don't have to worry about crap android games on our regular consoles. BTW, anyone want to play some co-op Motorbike?

punksterdaddy
punksterdaddy

@tommit3 

It is the same with the PS4 prices...

$399 US

£349 UK

I asked the same thing when the prices were first announced.

Someone pointed out, "The UK is all about... TAX, TAX, TAX!" to me and when I thought about it, we pay an extra 20% in V.A.T.

No wonder Google, Starbucks and Amazon are UK tax dodgers! Oh wait, I mustn't forget Jimmy Carr for that list! lol.

If I was minted, then I would probably do the same!

Just save up your pennies, go abroad and go in past Duty Free on your way home? Then yer laughing!

silvergol
silvergol

@wexorian Everybody is thinking OUYA, is a new console with games exclusves! not Just other Android device....

leviathanwing
leviathanwing

@Vidpci thats rather false as there have been many articles on this 'console'... you not paying attention doesnt make it not exist.  out of sight out of mind i guess.

obsequies
obsequies

@DiamondDM13 you can play emulators, games that were developed for android, or games that were developed specifically for the ouya. Devs can also port pc games over.

LtReviews
LtReviews

@DiamondDM13  

Right now, it's mainly best for using Emulators. Any N64 game or previous console is playable on it via ROMS.

As for non-emulator games, they will probably start to show up once developers who see the console selling so well start to get in on the console.

Broken Age is a big release coming to the console, but not out yet.

Prats1993
Prats1993

Well there arent any good Android games, so nothing i guess.

arc_salvo
arc_salvo

@acelogan1989 @Psmitty456 

I would agree with you, but I spent about that much on my subsidized phone.

Plus, the Ouya's got a controller and its optimized for TV and has Ouya exclusives.  I've hooked my Droid up to my TV with an HDMI cable and the interface really sucked and it was hard to use.

I think the Ouya may actually have some advantages.  I guess only time will tell, the initial previews of the devkit models that were shipped out made it seem like the Ouya was sort of rough, but that was the preliminary not ready for retail version.

leviathanwing
leviathanwing

@silvergol @DaWarthog sega hardware is no more, sega software makes a rather small profit on its games... who is going to spend billions they dont have?

punksterdaddy
punksterdaddy

@leviathanwing @Vidpci

leviathanwing is correct.

There has been plenty of articles about Ouya on GS. Although it doesn't get the coverage that Sony or MS gets.


obsequies
obsequies

@Prats1993 it's not really a competition. I don't see why you think it would be

hardeddie
hardeddie

Sega hardware exits they just dropeed out from the home entertainment hardware. If you ever go to Japan you will see that Sega is huge not only producing the latest arcade machines ( will never be seen in the west ) but they also run their own arcade halls and make pachinko slots. Billions they do have they just chose to go a different path.