The Ouya game console is finally coming to stores.
The console, which has been in development for years and was largely funded via Kickstarter, will hit shelves on June 25.
The android based console will cost $100 (way below the PlayStation 4, $400, and the Xbox One, $500) and games will cost between $5 and $15. The Ouya will also allow users to try a free demo of any game available on the system.
The Ouya game console has created a buzz in the industry and could be a huge success when it hits store shelves. The Ouya targets casual gamers who don’t want to spend $400 on a PlayStation but aren’t satisfied with playing games on their phones or tablets. It’s unclear how big that market is but developers Shawn McGrath says that Ouya is definitely a product to check out.
McGrath said: “I like the fact that its open and relatively inexpensive … And the fact that they care is exciting.”
The other big draw to the Ouya is that it has an open source platform allowing developers to experiment with new games.
Former EA CCO Bing Gordon, who recently joined Ouya’s board, said: “Ouya’s open source platform creates a new world of opportunity for established and emerging independent game creators and gamers alike. There are some types of games that can only be experienced on a TV, and Ouya is squarely focused on bringing back the living room gaming experience. Ouya will allow game developers to unleash their most creative ideas and satisfy gamers craving a new kind of experience.”
Here’s a video about the Ouya Game Console.
There are currently about 150 games for the Ouya including major titles like Final Fantasy and more are on the way.
Ouya writes: “Developers can wave farewell to the roadblocks of bringing a console game to market. Anyone can make a game: every OUYA console is a dev kit. No need to purchase a license or an expensive SDK. It’s built on Android, so developers already know how it works.”
What do you think of the Ouya Game Console? Will you be buying one this June?