Ouya launches June 4

$99 Android-powered console launching this summer in United States, Canada, and United Kingdom.

The $99 Android-powered Ouya console will launch June 4 in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, its developers have announced. The system began its life last July through a Kickstarter campaign that raised $1 million in 24 hours and more than $8.5 million when it closed.

"Nine months ago, we shared an idea for an immersive, beautiful, and powerful game console that generated an outpouring of support from game developers, gamers, technology enthusiasts, and more," Ouya CEO Julie Uhrman said in a statement.

According to Ouya, more than 8,000 developers are creating games for the platform, ranging from startups to established companies like Square Enix, Double Fine, Tripwire Interactive, and Airtight Games.

On top of games, the Ouya will support a suite of apps. These include streaming video and music software like TwitchTV, Flixster, Plex, XBMC, Crunchyroll, iHeartRadio, and others.

Ouya units are shipping to backers immediately, while units will be available for purchase in June at Amazon, Best Buy, GAME, GameStop, and Target, and through the Ouya online store. Additional controllers can be purchased for $50.

A new Ouya console will launch every year to take advantage of component price drops.

In addition, Ouya hired Thatgamecompany cofounder Kellee Santiago in February to lead developer relations. She may want to speak with Borderlands developer Gearbox Software CEO Randy Pitchford, who said last week that he is cautious about the system.

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151 comments
AshTrai
AshTrai

If there is a console that receives the best that the indie devs have to offer (i loved super meat boy, fez and stuff like that) then i'd get it. Only time will tell and the only thing that sells consoles after initial hype is the games that are out on it and the word of mouth that spreads.

I dont care if Ouya is that device or if it's another one somewhere down the line... but i would insta-buy that console should 1 arise from the ashes of all the other failed consoles.

badwedgie00
badwedgie00

My brother and I are getting together to develop a game we dreamed of back in 1993--a fighting game whose characters are caricatures of actual people we knew in our own social circle from back then, with their names changed for legal reasons. Each character has their own unique, weird personality and crazy moves.  For example, one of them has a long, sticky tongue that catches an opponent and drags them close for a combo.  Another uses two religious books for weapons, either to throw them or spread both arms wide and spin with them in each hand. With Ouya, we can skip all the red tape and costs, and hopefully use it as a stepping stone to recognition.

enoslives7
enoslives7

For retro gamers like me, the Ouya is perfect. I don't want to pay 2000.00 for bleeding edge tech, just to play the newest piece of sh1t  FPS.

cbrandao
cbrandao

I think Ouya could be a good platform of arcade games or games with less power if comparable with next-gen games. Tons of games will be developed for Ouya then if a game makes success can be ported to Xbox Live Arcade, PSN or Virtual Console.

botsio
botsio

i think the pricing of this console is right!by its pricing i know there is a target group of customers this hard ware wants to attract!indie developers and gamers get the opportunity year!a yearly updated release of the console is fair enough!easy on the pockets of gamers not all gamers are rich enough to jump on expensive new hardware at launch!this console will leave a bad taste in the mouth of doubters!

x2rufff4u
x2rufff4u

Ouya? How da hell do you even say that? It sounds like some Chinese knockoff crap.

youngzen69
youngzen69

A new Ouya console launching every year! I don't think so

Barrakas21
Barrakas21

the first console that really cares about the player, about the dev, upgrading the console etc etc, but by the looks of the comments i fell ashamed for your ignorance...truly this generation is becaming stupidier every day. Just go ask your parents for the new xbox or ps all of you that think ouya is just a glorified cell phone gaming. SUCH IGNORANCE!

henrikstorm
henrikstorm

Wii U and PS4 are the only home consoles I'm going for. I wont mind playing on the Nextbox, but I got a PC for most of the microsoft exclusives. I believe the console wars will still just be between "the Three Kings". I'm not saying this is a bad console or that great games wont be made for this system, but there is a war on the horizon, and whatever the outcome, it wont be with this console on top, when its over.

poopinpat
poopinpat

well its certainly not going to change the video game landscape, but it does look like a great cheap alternative for those who don't want to front the cost of console/pc gaming.  

You never know, maybe this thing will drive the development of GOOD mobile games that are better than  the average "milk you with micro-transactions for a mediocre f2p game" type of game (whose unfortunately successful business model is spreading like cancer into other platforms).

Spyre1984
Spyre1984

This will replace my hunk o junk western digital media player.

jhcho2
jhcho2

Ouya is a console for people who somehow couldn't get enough of the games they play on their phones and tablets....and now want to play it in their living room as well

radikel
radikel

If they can provide a nice customer/service backup, in case of any compatibility or software issues, which will definitely occur at sometime, this thing will sell like hot cakes in the south-southeast asia.

It will sell soooo good, that it will make Sony-Microsoft look like newbs in the console market....LOL!!!

I dunno why, but as new-gen arrives, iam unable to shake the feeling that Sony & Microsoft are pricing themselves out of the competition($70 a games and $500 for the console??).Hope iam proved wrong though.

God bless Ouya and Steam Box that way for keeping the competition alive!!!

PDXmauler97
PDXmauler97

99 bucks? count me in regardless of how well it does

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

lots of devs on board i will see what gets released on it

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

hmmm i will be keeping a eye on this. might be worth a look

djpetitte
djpetitte

its coming out with new console every year? why would I buy it agian?

TheOnlyConan
TheOnlyConan

I play Android games while in the bathroom or when I am stuck waiting at the doctors or my car for whatever reason. I do not think this "system" is meant for me. I will stick with my cell phone for that use.

IanNottinghamX
IanNottinghamX

so...what are the launch games? or is this just a 99 dollar paper weight?

iAmristar
iAmristar

This  wassamacallit thing is nothing different from Nintendo's baby systems. Android games are for lazy people. People lazy enough to think when they're playing an unthinking game. Android games are stupid and goaless. If you want this, you are stupid. This thing is cheap. Perfect for all freeloaders who cannot afford to buy a real system that plays real games. OUCH!


cheetah_TM
cheetah_TM

I'm just hoping this will increase the number of controller supported games on Android. I'd like to turn my Nexus 4 into a portable gaming device with some something like MOGA or Gameklip, but there are hardly any games besides ROMs that support this. I'd also love to see Steam on Android, so you can play games like Super Meat Boy, Limbo, Braid etc on your smartphone (or Ouya). Now that Steam is on Linux, this might actually be a possibility in the future.

Zloth2
Zloth2

Trying to squeeze in between the mobiles and consoles does sound pretty tricky.  If you've got a strong internet connection, you could play OnLive games with this.  That would make for a very, very cheap gaming setup that could play far more than Angry Birds and FTL.

We're talking semi-casual market here so it's going to depend a lot on marketing.

LtReviews
LtReviews

Go on steam and look at the indie game section.

Then observe how many of those great indie games can be played on even a low-powered console like the Ouya.

It could play games like VVVVVV, Super Meat Boy, FTL, Incredipede, Organ Trail, No Time to Explain, Primordia, Dungeons of Dredmor, etc- I can go on.


demonkingx5
demonkingx5

So i guess the 101 comments before mines make up the majority of the Free market of consumers? no of course not like always let the free market decide anything can happen in the free market. 

Dasim64
Dasim64

This thing is going to fail hard. Really hard.

Ex-DarkBlade
Ex-DarkBlade

If the new verision of the console is going to come out every year then what is point of getting it when an Android phone can play the same games and offer more.

TheZeroPercent
TheZeroPercent

--i think its worth 99$

--but im not expecting this thing to change the industry much

--just novel and current fun


BlendThree
BlendThree

I was on board with this thing initially but have to agree, they are making some moves that are very unattractive.  The open source gimmick is cool until you realize how much shovelware will flood the market.  Android powered has been becoming more and more synonymous with "microtransactions" and now a new model coming out every year? Lots of red flags.

fbgbdk4
fbgbdk4

At least now Nintendo can claim there's a console less powerful than theirs.

soulless4now
soulless4now

Forgot someone created this fodder console and now my five seconds of caring is over.

leimonides
leimonides

Yearly? Yea I'm even less interested. What will such a thing mean towards compatibility between games and such? How often will you need to buy this thing so that one doesn't get to far behind?

moviequest14
moviequest14

Here's to Ouya , can't say I've found anyone else that has the guts to release a game system with as few games as the Ouya.

badwedgie00
badwedgie00

I think small developers and individual programmers can use Ouya as a stepping stone to recognition. If their game is good enough in any sense, and has gained x-amount of popularity, it may be recognized by larger developers, and they just might offer its creator a staff position. 


My brother and I had this idea for a fighting game about twenty years ago. The characters were all people we knew, each of them very colorful characters with very unique personalities. Perhaps with Ouya we can now make that old dream a reality.

badwedgie00
badwedgie00

How interesting! Perhaps with Ouya we may truly see just how far some people will take their creativity under the banner of "free speech", at least here in the United States. Extreme violence aside, will we see games with racist themes, or overtly-sexual overtones? Mainstream developers won't touch those subjects with a thousand-foot pole, but individual developers with a talent in programming and a penchant for taboo or politically-incorrect material will be able to publish their stuff on a free-market platform like Ouya.

mattcake
mattcake

As people have said, Android games will nearly always be focused on touchscreen control. Encouraging game production for gamestick/pad control will negatively affect mobile sales. I already dont bother to buy any mobile games that use a touchscreen dpad cos they just dont feel right. There's space in the market for both sure, but I wouldnt buy a console just for half of a market thats already full of crappy in-app purchase freeware junk.

LiteUpSkeleton
LiteUpSkeleton

I'm not up to speed on android, aren't those games made for touchscreen like Apple apps? Someone please clarify this for me.

Mr_Big_Boss
Mr_Big_Boss

Wow, the controller is 50% of the cost.

LazyGamerX
LazyGamerX

The problem I have is that android games suck! I have an android phone and every F%&king game requires micro transactions to get the full experience. That and the overall quality of the games suck. I really hate to say it but apple has way better games than android.

Rheinmetal
Rheinmetal

Very interesting news! That's a shame that it will not be available for the rest of Europe.

edant79
edant79

This ain't my opinion, just relaying reality...

....that thing SUCKS!!

TwilightPhoenix
TwilightPhoenix

Hmmm, better wait for June next year so that I'll get the better version.  Well, hmmm, maybe two years so I can get the even better version.  No wait, three years, definitely three years, because it'll be even more better.  No, no, I'm stupid.  Four years!  It'll be really even more better because it'll have four years of yearly updates behind it!  No, what am I thinking?  Five years is the way to go!

Rinse and repeat yearly.

stevenrkorea
stevenrkorea

I think that the point of Ouya has been misunderstood by most people posting here.  The main idea that I get from it is that it will be a system that allows anyone to get their games published.  


This is really no different than a game like Angry Birds.  Imagine before smart phones (if you are old enough) a game designer with the idea for Angry Birds.  Then they go to EA and say "we want to make this game, but we don't have the money to get things going, can you help us?"  Are you imagining them then being escorted out of the building by security?  Now maybe Angry Birds isn't your cup of tea, but imagine there is some one out there with a great idea for a new game and they just can't get it distributed?  Oyua is looking to change that.


For everyone complaining that all the games today are exactly the same, this is going to be a great system for you to check out.  Everyone is a potential developer for the system.  If you have an idea and the ability to get a game working on Android, then you can get it distributed.  


What is the difference between this Ouya and your Andriod phone?  Well, the specs, really.  The Ouya will have a faster processor, and much more ram, and will be able to games that need more resources.  Granted they aren't as good as your current PC that you just dropped $4,000 on, but this entire system costs less than your SSD.  


Now if you only like CoD and screaming racial and homophobic slurs at people over Xbox live, I won't lie, this probably isn't the system for you.  :) But if you are interested in trying out new games that aren't limited to what they can and can not do by publishers (ex. we need it to be a gritty, war themed, FPS, and grey!  oh my!  lots and lots of grey!), than this is something you should at least get to know more about.