Ouya coming to Amazon, GameStop, Best Buy, and Target from June

US retailers pledge to stock $99 Android-powered Kickstarter console.

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Ouya, the Android-based console that smashed its funding target with $8.5 million in Kickstarter donations, will be available from plenty of US retailers when it officially launches in June.

Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, Ouya CEO Julie Uhrman said the machine will be available from Amazon, GameStop, Target, and Best Buy.

Ouya will see a phased launch, with Kickstarter backers receiving the machine in March and those who preorder now getting hold of the machine in April. The official launch, when the retailers will start stocking the device, is in June.

The Ouya is priced at $99.99, with the touch-screen controllers going for $49.99. "It's a premium price for a controller," said Uhrman, "but the inclusion of the touchpad really makes it a premium in the marketplace."

GameSpot has asked Ouya about whether the machine will be stocked by retailers internationally. Right now Ouya is charging $25 to ship to the UK.

When asked if Ouya felt threatened by the imminent announcement of new next-gen hardware from Sony and Microsoft, Uhrman asserted that Ouya will occupy a unique space in the market. "We don't need to beat Xbox or Sony or any console that enters the marketplace," said Uhrman. "We need to carve out our own niche."

"Ouya offers a very different value proposition to the gaming you can currently experience. It's a box designed specifically for the television that leverages the screen, we support 3D gaming, HD, we support the controller, we added a touchpad to the controller. The kind of content you'll see on Ouya, it'll be inventive and creative and has never been on the television."

Discussion

71 comments
odino
odino

It's a scam. Just wait for it to deliver nothing, or crap. You really think they want through extensive periods for QA for this box? You really think they can do a better job as MNCs and their consoles still get red rings etc. People will want their $8.5m back.

macca366
macca366

I'm not really on board, but, its cool something can come shake things up. Hope it occupies its own space and thrives

jark888
jark888

Love the fact that it is fully hackable. Imagine the possibility that it could do things the big 3 won't allow us to do.

nate1222
nate1222

While I'm no longer into propietary gaming devices, I still want to see Ouya succeed. It really does appear to be addressing accessibility, diversity and allowing devs a financially safer alternative to the 'big 3' (Sony/MS/Nintendo).

Breyant
Breyant

Not picking one up anytime soon but I've been following this console for awhile and hope it does well.

Ravenlore_basic
Ravenlore_basic

THERE is just so much out there now and coming out soon so I just don not know what to expect.... the market will not be able to support all at high levels. 

Project shield  - steam box  -  Gamestick  -  not to mention handhelds, PC.... well i hope it does well just wish it waited a short time for the Tegra 4 chips to launch with

BlendThree
BlendThree

It's really unbelievable how hard Julie & company are pushing- that's really the type of dedication it's gonna take to make a dent in this industry though.  I agree with what some others posters are saying; the 8th generation of consoles is going to be unlike any other.  This should be very, very interesting.

Ravenlore_basic
Ravenlore_basic

This is a great idea and is an alternative to console gaming while closed system gives developers a solid stable system to work with.  In 2 years a new Ouya will begin being built BC naturally, and in 3 it will launch. 

How will the landscape look by then is anyone's guess.  Steambox Gamestick, Consoles PC, handhelds, Phones, tablets...    

jinzo9988
jinzo9988

That's a stupid question to ask them.  Ouya clearly isn't competing with Microsoft and Sony... just like smartphones aren't competing with them.  Sure, Ouya's a home console and smartphones are handheld, but neither one is in the same market.  I personally can't wait to get my hands on one as long as it's as easy to do things with it under the hood as other Android devices are.

hystavito
hystavito

What??  I had no idea it was gonna be so mainstream,  Best Buy and Target, wow.  I backed this thing but only for the hell of it, I honestly thought it was going to be mostly a failure but I liked that someone was willing to try.  I kind of expected a poor selection of games that mostly wouldn't interest me, but I wanted to get one anyway and kinda justified the expense as something I could tinker with.

However, now that I see it's going to be in major retail stores, I wonder if MAYBE it will be a success and have decent games.  I'm still not convinced because, well without getting into a lot of details there's a lot of things working against it.  Anyway, I'm impressed, and I hope they really do get them out to us by March.

USAPATRIOT21
USAPATRIOT21

You can find good Indie games every once in a while like Infiniti Blade or World of Goo, but it's exhausting searching through all the garbage in the App stores to strike gold with something good.

brok
brok

This little box really could shake up the industry. I really do wish it the very best of luck.

Chaos_Dante_456
Chaos_Dante_456

I wonder if the customizability will allow for it's power to be increased....I'm not a techy so i'm not sure if that's a stupid statement or not

ggregd
ggregd

Wait, so no one who pitched in to the Kickstarter is getting the touch screen controller and it has a premium price?  The cynic in me says cash grab.  You really need the touch screen to play most of the android games from the market.

elunesgraces
elunesgraces

Why are people here bashing consoles based on hardware? I will still pick up a copy of super mario bros in 8 bit and play it to death. Hardware specs are just one small part of what makes great games.

This gives indie devs a platform to release things on, we should support it!

spoonybard-hahs
spoonybard-hahs

IN June.... IN JUNE!!! What? Was your copy editor out for a piss?

ArataWata
ArataWata

This is a very neat idea and I really do hope they get success with this little box.

It's a cool concept for those who want to play games on the Android OS without the need of having to go out and get a stupidly expensive phone for them, I'm using a Nokia 201 and never intend to get one of those phones, ever.

ROCKING IT OLD SCHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL./

IanNottinghamX
IanNottinghamX

Nope,Nope,Nope this doesnt exist until I hear, see or find out about games I want to play...this is an expensive paper weight...

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

And yet it's already been rendered obsolete by another company.

Annonith
Annonith

Bah I was hoping it will be available a little sooner :(

And I hope it will be able to get it from Europe. Shipping it from USA might be a bit risky for me and my street name with crapton of Polish characters ;)

jonasas2
jonasas2

if they add smartphone support instead of custom controlers made by them, ouya will be a success

santinegrete
santinegrete

Trying to go big in a smart way? Well, console business and overall gaming business really demands it.

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

'from June'?

Do you mean 'in June'?

As it stands the title makes no sense, unless June is someone's name.

SSJMonkey
SSJMonkey

Nice price point, but you're not getting my Benjamin until you show me some good console quality game. I've been trying to find info, and I'm finding nothing interesting. What games are you guys getting this to play?

obsequies
obsequies

I'll wait till I can read/watch some reviews of the controller and hardware to make sure its not junk, but I'm excited and will probably get it

jark888
jark888

@Breyant Hope this console brings good news to gaming industry. I personally want 1 killer console (maybe Google invented) that support all of the hardware and software from the big 3. This will really do environment and my living room space a favor.

luqmanr
luqmanr

@ggregd $99 includes one controller, extra controller costs $49

ggregd
ggregd

@spoonybard-hahs Since you decided to table the item you don't need to read languages at Oxford to know there are differences in idioms between dialects. Full stop.

bouff
bouff

@ArataWata "stupidly expensive phone"? Android has one of the most widest prices ranges in the mobile market (from £50 too £600)... don't want an expensive phone? no problem, you can still have android x

spoonybard-hahs
spoonybard-hahs

@eddiekrass Judging from a lot of those titles, be prepared for shovel and copy ware (there's an unauthorized Mega Man X clone in there. Like that's not going to get pulled).

I can potentially see this running into the same problem as the Wii U, a majority of what would be considered AAA titles (such as American McGee's game) are going to other platforms as well. Why should I invest in an Ouya if I can get the games I want on machines I already own?

ArataWata
ArataWata

@jonasas2 If that was the case you may as well just get a smart phone.

-.-

Succumbus
Succumbus

@SSJMonkey Final Fantasy game was announced. I think they're still grabbing for Minecraft. Ehh not really anything else promising.

plasticreality
plasticreality

@DaneGamer You really believe the Ouya is running Far Cry 3 in that video?  Seriously, that's impossible.  It's likely running off a PC and being streamed via the Ouya.  I just read an article from Eurogamer that analyzed the processor for the Ouya, and their conclusion is that it would be comparable to the original Xbox in terms of graphical power.

Don't get me wrong, I'm sure there's a market for this device, especially for those who like creative indie titles, but there's no way this thing can run modern 3d games.

nate1222
nate1222

@Ravenlore_basic @Chaos_Dante_456 True.

But the cool thing is, Ouya will probably be backward compatible considering it's Android based. The big 3 tend to act funny about letting us play our old favs on next gen hardware. And, no, "HD remakes" don't count; you're still RE-purchasing what you already own.

hht009
hht009

@ArataWata look up the sony xperia ray, great android fone, with the same form factor of the older smaller fones. None of that huge oversize screen overprice apple crap

DavyMyMan
DavyMyMan

@plasticreality @DaneGamer derp. he was using splashtop. 3rd party that makes you remotely access your computer from mobile devices. in this case, the OUYA.