Android console Ouya out to flip the table on console gaming, promises “free-to-play” games

Console gaming has pretty much had the same evolution track since it began back in the 70’s – better hardware, bigger brighter games, more expensive console and titles. But the people behind Ouya said “screw that” and created something that’s never been done before – an inexpensive, open-source console that allows people to play games for free, or at the very least, try them before buying.

You’re probably asking, what is Ouya? Well, Ouya is a consol that’s the brainchild of Yves Béhar, and promises to deliver all that we talked about earlier in a price that’s palatable to normal users. In the Kickstarter page for Ouya, the lowest price you can grab an Ouya is $95, which has since sold out, with only the $99 version available. Ouya doesn’t have the beefiest of hardware – it’s only going to be powered by NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 processor and use Android as the primary OS – but that’s not the point of it. It was made to be open-source and completely hackable, which means potential developers for the machine won’t have to hand over hundreds of thousands of dollars for a machine for development, literally smashing the price of admission into nothing, making it easy for almost anyone with the proper know-how to make games. Right now the project has completed it’s funding goal and currently sits at $2,462,006 bucks with 28 days remaining so you guys can still make a pledge for the console. The people behind Ouya promise to get this console to the hands of the backers by Q1 2013.

Source: Kickstarter