UPDATE: $99 Android-Based Console OUYA Surpasses Goal on KickStarter

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

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UPDATE 7/10/12: As of now the funding goal of $950,000 has been surpassed.  At this time of writing, the funding has reached just shy of $1.3 million.  Keep your eye on the kickstarter page to see how far it goes.  With 29 days left, there is still much room for higher funding.

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Most people would agree that the console market as it is right now isn’t doing too well. You’ll hear this from several developers to game journalists to just random people on the internet. We can all agree that the console market needs a shake-up. Hopefully, OUYA may do just that.

For those not aware, OUYA is a brand new Android-based video game console that will be available for $99. The big thing about the console aside from the price tag is that it’s completely open-source and that the library will solely consist of games that will be free to play to some degree. Mind you, while there are certainly free-to-play games lined up for the console, it also means that someone can just put a demo of their game up and ask to pay to unlock it. You know, like how Microsoft requires all XBLA games to have a demo. Hell, Minecraft is already set to be released on the system.

The goal of this project is $950,000. As of this writing, it has already surpassed $500,000 and will probably surpass that by the time this story goes out. So it’s very likely that this project will be completely funded before the day’s end. I really do hope this project succeeds when it’s finished. The way it’s defined, any game that has a free demo can be put on the console. Plus, with games like Tribes: Ascend and Blacklight: Retribution becoming popular, the free-to-play market is becoming more credible. I guess we’ll find out next year.

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  • LeechcraftMegilp
  • This will be interesting to watch.

  • If there is any way they can offer full streaming console games (like OnLive or Gaikai) this could be pretty awesome. I could also see this system getting major abuse by people installing emulators and pirated software. Not sure how something like this could be a long-term source of revenue, but if it encourages some cool games and manages to get some real games on it comparable to a home console experience, it might prove a small threat to at least some sectors of the gaming industry.

    If nothing else, this will be an interesting expiriment.

    • Given the open source nature of this console, I’ve got a feeling that someone can get OnLive running on this thing.

  • Kai

    “Mind you, while there are certainly free-to-play games lined up for the console, it also means that you can just put a demo of your game up and ask you to pay to unlock it.”

    This sentence is broken.

    • Fixed it.

    • Kai

      It’s still broken, but at least you tried.

  • Devin Kotani

    Wow. They’ve already broken $2 million.

  • SecretX

    it’s not gonna do well because people buy used games and this doesn’t look like it plays cd games and if you could hack it wouldn’t they be able to hack your account steal your information?

    • RyanOPR

      I think the digital age for games has arrived. Millions upon millions of people download games on their iphones, and millions also buy games on their PS3 or 360. The idea here is you are getting a cheap console with cheap games. If you are looking for a disc console than this is not for you, but I do think there is an audience for this.