Ouya’s Kickstarter campaign ended with the project raising over $8.5 million in crowd funding thanks to 63,416 backers. Their original goal? $950,000 – well over 8 million above their target.
The Ouya console promises to be another console based on Android. When the Ouya Kickstarter campaign launched back a month ago, the campaign reached its goal in only eight hours.
Sean and I talked more about it in the podcast and whether the $99 hackable console, designed by Yves Behar, would be viable in the console space. Over the course of its Kickstarter campaign, the Ouya team brought on Muffi Ghadiali, who worked on the Kindle line of Amazon products. Later on, announcements from Square Enix and Namco Bandai were on board to release games for the console’s launch. Additionally, services like OnLive would jump on the open-source system. Former Infinity Ward lead Robert Bowling’s new studio, Robotoki, also announced that his studio’s first game, an episodic prequel to the studio’s 2015 planned released of Human Element, would be launched on Ouya.
The Ouya is attracting other games such as Shadowrun Online, which is currently halfway through its own Kickstarter campaign, and Rapture Games Studios, who have announced that their upcoming game, Gunblitz, will be an Ouya launch title.
The console is expected to be released in March 2013 for $99. It will have a Tegra 3 quad-core processor with 1GB RAM, 8GB of internal flash storage, HDMI connection with support for up to 1080p, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy, USB 2.0, a wireless controller, Android 4.0, and Ethernet. For a detailed explanation of the console, check out its Kickstarter page in the source.