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For the past month or so, you could hardly go to any tech-related corner of the internet without running into something on OUYA (pronounced "OOO-yah"), an impressive little Android-powered console. With respectable specs (Tegra 3 CPU, 1GB RAM, WiFi, Bluetooth, and 1080p), virtually unlimited hackability, and a price of just $99, it's no surprise that it flew through its $1,000,000 Kickstarter goal in the first 24 hours alone.

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Since then, the console has continued to pick up even more steam. Square Enix has pledged support and Final Fantasy III will be one of the launch titles. OnLive will also be baked right in, meaning that regardless of how much (or little) support third-party developers pledge, you can still play from a massive library of games. XBMC, the amazing streaming app, has promised OUYA support as well. The result: a cool $8,596,475 has been pledged in the last month.

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Having hit over 900% of their initial goal, it's probably safe to say this one won't end up as vaporware. The developer editions are estimated to ship in December 2012, and market release is estimated to come in March of 2013.

[Source: Kickstarter]

Aaron Gingrich
Aaron is a geek who has always had a passion for technology. When not working or writing, he can be found spending time with his family, playing a game, or watching a movie.

  • Himmat Singh

    Please enlighten me how 30 days is "Just Under A Month"

    Btw this is phenomenal stuff, but I didn't get it because I vehemently believe by then tegra 4 will be out and I'd rather get a Tegra 4 tablet.

    • Bogdan Sladaru

      Well, the year has 365 or 366 days and 12 months. So, the average month is about 30.44 days or something. So 30 days is "just under a month" :)

      • Himmat Singh

        Haha yea you're right. I was thinking that there are more 30 than 31 day months. Silly me.

        • cile1977

          Huh, there are only 4 months with 30 days: April, June, September and November :)

    • Kenny O

      Respectfully, this is not meant to compete with tablets, it's a gaming system (and quickly becoming a media hub) that runs Android. Kinda of like saying I don't want a television, I'd rather have a computer.

      • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

        I'm not sure about the analogy, but yeah. From what I understand, it's not quite as analagous to a standard android tablet as what you might think at first. I'm interested if it'll have full access to the Play store, but it's supposed to get its own specialized games. I guess it's kind of like a further iteration of the Experia Play, if anything.

        That said, you can replicate a lot of this with a tablet + mhl + ps3 controller. However, by then you're well over the $99 price tag.

        • Kenny O

          "you can replicate a lot of this with a tablet + mhl + ps3 controller" - that's exactly what I was referring too. A tablet can be set up to play games on a television but it's not the easiest and definitely not the cheapest option. Plus, you have compatibility issues where as this will have games designed specifically for it. Maybe a better analogy would be a getting a home media player vs. attaching a full blown PC to your television.

      • New_Guy

        Sounds like a Nexus Q that's a 3rd of the cots :)

    • New_Guy

      The month was July...which has 31 days...

  • Roy Riddex

    Like the idea of the Ooya, but what a strange choice in name. Dunno about the rest of the world but in Scotland we say Ooya when we hurt ourselves. Ow = Ooya in Scots slang

    • ElfirBFG

      How do you get the name wrong when it is written correctly 9 times on this page? It's visible a few more times if you count the status bar, address and tab title.

      • Roy Riddex

        You never made a spelling mistake before? Either way, the pronunciation in Scots slang is still the same

        • ElfirBFG

          Have family from Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness, and I've never heard the term. Regardless of the slang spelling, the OUYA is spelled with a 'U' and is visible all over the page. I've made a spelling mistake or twelve in my day, but not when the correct form is paraded around in front of me.

          • Roy Riddex

            Well my comment was made from a Galaxy Nexus, and while I was typing the correct spelling was not visible to me. You will find several spelling mistakes in the comments to this article but for some reason you take issue with mine. As for you never having heard of ouya in Scots slang... well I couldn't care less. I am Scottish, I live in Scotland and I hear that word on an almost daily basis. So I'll say it again, ouya is a strange name for a product when compared to the Scots slang word ouya.

          • ElfirBFG

            I typed it on a Motorola Atrix, and I can see the spelling.

    • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

      In my head I like to think of it said "OOH YEAH!" in a Kool-aid man voice.

      • Greyhame

        Or Macho Man Randy Savage??

        • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

          Hey, yeah. I think we found a couple spokesmen for them!

          • Mike

            Too bad Randy Savage is no longer with us.

  • Oculoid

    I want one, but I think it's ugly...

    • Kenny O

      lol, it's so tiny you can just hide it behind your television

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

      I think the console itself looks pretty and futuristic.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

    Still can't get rid of the fact that the UI and controller blatantly copy the X-Box 360. I guess I'll have to see how this does in the long term!

    • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

      I keep thinking the controller is sort of a mish-mash between the xbox & playstation, moreso PS, but i guess there are only so many ways to make a twin stick controller. I guess they could've added a third grip a-la n64.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

        I disagree slightly.

        I am a regular on the PlayStation 3 and while the controller does have the PlayStation's thin design and lacks the X-Box's chunkiness, the controller has got the same asymmetrical analog stick configuration that the X-Box has and that's what is so identifiable.

        The UI is "definitely inspired" by the Metro layout on the X-Box http://techsplorge.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/ouya-probably-not-what-it-seems.html

        The console itself looks good, the concept is great (though I can't wait until people hack around with it starting with PS3 controller compatibility,) but the software UI and the controller terrible!

    • Brandon Hart

      maybe because the same person designed both controllers? ;)

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

        It's a possibility, but I was expecting some originality here. Maybe I just the X-Box controllers (and X-Boxs in general) and therefore I am upset that the OUYA uses the same asymmetrical layout as one.

  • Jonathan Wong

    Nice. An Android powered gaming console! In a way, it's a Linux console!

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