Ouya's $99 Android Game Console Raises $2.8 Million on Kickstarter, Now Needs Direction

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shoan

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Benjo

Does the world need another console? Throughout my gaming youth I would settle on a single machine per generation, mainly for financial reasons but also for games I really want to play but were exclusive for that system.

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silent_sentinel

*your
End of second paragraph

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ohsnaps1104

Just because it runs Android does not mean it is limited to mobile software. Remember that Android is Linux so that it can in theory be setup to just about anything.

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ohsnaps1104

I Think this looks like a very good idea. As long as bigger companies don't sue their faces off before anything good happens.

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QuadraQ

Without a hard drive, it's extremely limited. If they add a HD then it opens the possibility of AAA games. Add another Gig of RAM and we're really talking.

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jaygregz

I do not have high hopes for this system. I do however wonder why google doesn't take this concept and run with it. Make a new tablet.. A ramped up Nexus 7 of sorts sell at at console prices ($400). This time include HDMI out, an SD card reader (for packing physical copies of games you can buy at Gamestop type stores), and include a standardized wireless gaming peripheral. Also add a marketplace (Call it something like G-TECH) that is oriented towards controller based tv gaming only and set a price point of around 40 dollars per game. Promote the console as a serious contender to other consoles. Include with the price a base of sorts to hold the tablet on while connected to your television set. Also the base would run your hdmi out to your television. The base could also have rca hook ups on the back.

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LevierPekinese

What Google doesn't have is the history. Why Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft remain dominant on the market is because they have a strong reputation with their consumers who have enjoyed their past consoles. They also have endless lists of long-established IP's that develop often exclusively for their console. A company with little experience in the gaming industry and starting from scratch would have an incredibly difficult time getting a foothold, even Google. Ouya may or may not survive, but they do, their product will more than likely remain a lesser-known specialty product.

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Peanut Fox

I think I was much nicer to Ouya when I talked about it yesterday, but whatever. Anybody remember the open source Linux based handheld? It was called Pandora. Beyond it actually launching it did absolutely nothing.

What I don't understand is that they claim that small developers can't get their games out, but I've played several XBLA and Steam games that were made by teams of few people (Dish Washer Dead Samurai 1&2, the soon to be released Dust: an Elysian Tail, Mine Craft, Pandemic Inc, Minor Dig Deep, Limbo, Cave Story Etc). The list goes on and on. If you are a small developer that has a good game and wants to publish for profit, you can. You can also make a lot of money doing it. I fault the video for claiming that it's impossible or even hard to do so.

Microsoft has an indie section in XBLA that is for developers that can't pony up the big bucks. I encourage everyone to take a look and see how many "my first gaming project" games there are in there. It's rife with trash that no one wants to play. Games that make Rage look like a polished flawless masterpeice. There are gems there too, but it's impossible for them to so much as glitter let alone shine when they're covered under so much garbage.

By simply having even a small pay wall it prevents people from putting up the utter garbage dump of games this is likely to house. The number of people who will waste a few hundred dollars to publish their game just to say "Yeah. I'm a developer" Is much smaller than the completely open model. If you want to get a glimpse of what this might be like, play through the hoards of flash games that are available today. There's some decent stuff in there every now and then, but it's just light snacking. Nothing that will ever fill you up.

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PnkPwrRngr

The success or failure of this will be completely dependent the community that supports it. If you've never rooted an android device and seen what amazing things dedicated community members can do on the android platform, you are really missing out. With this device being easily rootable and encouraging community developers right out of the gate, this thing has word of mouth success written all over it.

...Still not giving them my money yet, though :p

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wintercoder

The first few million will go to defend patent violations.

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Gauntylgrym

I'm not a developer, or very much of a "rooter". But for $100...I'd definitely check it out to see what the development/rooter community might come up with.

I believe that this company has perhaps figured something out that the Samsungs and Microsofts haven't in regards to competing with something that is high quality and high(er) price: put out a sincerely high-quality product for less (preferably significantly so) than who you're trying to take on, thereby securing market share and building for the future.

I'm stoked to check this thing out.

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big_montana

Still do not know if this is a "high Quality' device or a good quality device for that matter, as it is still vaporware. Plus, I am leery about anything running Android, as how extensible, upgradeable and secure will it be?

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maxim23

I thought I'd make my 2 cents known. This is just what the big 3 don't want to see. They'd no longer have the ability to run a closed game system that they couldn't control. I'm interested in if they (Ouya) can actually pull it off and be an alternative. The question remains if they were able to get official support from Google. Do you think that they (Google) want to play in the the same pool as MS, Sony, and Nintendo?? Do people really want another system in their future? On the flip side it would open up the playing field and maybe just maybe drive the price of all consoles down.

As an aside - I saw that you were looking for an editor for these page and the mag.
I think that you still should be looking because of the booboo on this page. You mention that

"the developers encourage rooting without worry that you'll void you're warranty." - the implication of this statement is that you are warranty.

That should be your warranty.

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sundropdrinker3

If consumers were to pay for the actual cost of the consoles, and I'm talking manufacturing costs, the 360 would have EASILY been over $700, and the PS3 over $1000. This company is going to be in the hole BIG time. If they sold the system at cost, they would be charging at least $300. There is also no hard drive, and 8GB? That's 1 game on the 360, which means a cloud storage system which means heel to the no.

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silent_sentinel

They should add SATA support, so you can stuff your 4TB HDD's into one

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Sir Hobbes3

If this goes the right way this could be pretty cool.

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LatiosXT

Some two cents:

* It's probably doubtful this will make a dent in the console market any time soon, what with established IPs like Call of Duty and whatnot.

* A lot of console gamers still have some kind of hostility towards mobile OS games and gaming in general, dismissing it as pure time wasters.

* Sturgeon's law.

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mh15216

Point 1 agreed, until it's proven on the track nobody's giving up good games and good connectivity and reliability.

Point 2 disagreed, you can't speak for gamers you have no idea what the market wants until the market itself has spoken. IE Wii was untouchable if you didn't already purchase one for 2 years even though PS3 and 360 were much better looking, better games etc etc.

Point 3 disagreed, 99% of what's come out on Android platform has sold quite well if Apple hasn't pulled out it's patent shaft and screwed it to death before release.

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LatiosXT

Point 2 was derived from bumming around gaming forums where the general opinion of mobile OS games is "what mobile OS games?" Also the Wii may have sold well hardware wise, but software wise, it's pretty much "lolwut?" Most of the good titles came from Nintendo. And also, a lot of people I know who have a Wii either never had their library grow to more than a handful of games, or it's collecting dust.

Point 3 was a jab at user generated games. But even then, even if Ouya sells well, it'll attract the likes of shovelware developers that saturated the Wii.

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AETAaAS

I think you are probably missing the point of this thing. At $99, it probably isnt meant to compete with the XBox or PS. It IS meant as a quick time waster. :p And one of my friends who is probably going to read this comment, is a prime example of this. He won't get into games for the long haul but plays mobile games just to pass the time.

There are some pretty good Android games with games like Max Payne and GTA3 ported and also some pretty good shooters like Shadowgun and Dead Trigger. I however feel that people are going to use the root access to get some emulators running on this thing. :D

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sundropdrinker3

Except who is going to play a mobile game on the tv? They are MEANT to be monile, which is why they are called "mobile games".

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ohsnaps1104

No offense but this is NOT "mobile games". Look at their website. It is made to be a full fledged Hi-Def console with lower production costs than closed production products of big name companies. They are claiming to already have some nice shooting games and things ready for it.

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Peanut Fox

Them emphasizing they're launching with Canabalt says otherwise.

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LatiosXT

Except doing that will attract the attention of the big name players, who will probably sue the company to oblivion if they don't do anything about it.

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