Ouya launches June 4

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

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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.

Discussion

152 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. 

poopinpat
poopinpat

@radikelwell ouya is making no one look like noobs anytime soon, but there is nothing wrong with more competition in the market :D

iAmristar
iAmristar

@radikel  Hey, Ouya fanboy. You think this wassamacallit thing will have the potential to embarass the PS4 or the next X Box? Really?

AshTrai
AshTrai

@djpetitte The way i read it was that they will re-release the (same spec) console to take advantage of drops in component prices like the PSX/Mega-drive/PS3/360 did. Example: first u had the PSX which came out at like £300... then years later there was the PS-one which was like £70.

RPG_Fan_I_Am
RPG_Fan_I_Am

@djpetitte You don't have to, You can just buy the upgradable components at less cost. The new console is to keep up with the new components.

LtReviews
LtReviews

@djpetitte  

because it makes no sense to sell a console for the same price years later, using outdated tech. 99 dollars in 2013 can buy better tech in 2014 for the same price.

iAmristar
iAmristar

@djpetitte  Because every year there's a new color. So, for example, you play Angry Birds in the original Ouya color but next year you will be playing Angry Birds with a Hazel Blue Ouya.

Jin_Hakazura
Jin_Hakazura

@djpetitte Because they will power it up with new parts. Thus, you get a better experience with your games. Just saying (I personally wont be buying it)

iAmristar
iAmristar

@TheOnlyConan  This is perfect for bathroom use. Just make sure, when you're done with your bathroom thing, flush it in the toilet bowl.

iAmristar
iAmristar

@IanNottinghamX This wassamacallit paperweight is the cheapest of all paperweights. And, oh, oh...check out the games - Angry Birds and more Angry Birds of the same feathers flock together.

404FredNotFound
404FredNotFound

@iAmristar 


That is the most ignorant and elitist rant I'v seen posted here so far, everyone is entitled to their opinion but yours is just plain idiotic, you probably have your head so deep inside..... that you can't even see the sunlight. Have fun in your retrograde little world.

poopinpat
poopinpat

@LtReviews yea lots of fun to be had! provided that they actually support those awesome titles you mentioned.

Tim57282
Tim57282

@PSYCHOV3N0M If they are selling for 5x the price, of course they will.

I don't think the Ouya is designed to compete, but to carve out its own niche in the market.

radikel
radikel

@iAmristar @radikel 

No. Never meant 'embarass'. Just, if it proves itself as a justifiable alternative to the consoles, it will keep Sony & Microsoft honest, and prices in a comfy range, in other words, if Ouya truly succeeds, it COULD be a win-win situation for all.

Barrakas21
Barrakas21

@iAmristar your comments just prove the troll and fanboy you are stop making a fool out of you fucking idiot