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We've watched this project grow from a once-unfunded Kickstarter campaign to a highly-anticipated beast of a gaming console. If you've been kicking yourself over the last several months for not getting behind the Kickstarter campaign and are counting the days until you can grab this Android-powered box-o-fun from a retail shop, the day is drawing near. According to tonight's announcement from GDC, the device will hit shelves in virtual and physical stores across the country on June 4th.

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As promised, the built-for-gaming rig will hit the scene for $99 at outlets like Amazon (where it's already available for pre-order), Best Buy, GameStop, Target, and of course, on Ouya's site. If you want to pick up a spare (or secondary) controller while you're at it, that'll set you back a fifty spot.

Ouya has become "the little engine that could" of sorts in the Android world, so here's to wishing a bright, successful future for the unit, and the team who wants to change the way we think of both mobile and modern games.

[via Engadget]

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, and musician. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6- or 7-string, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Dennis Graves

    I wonder if the Play store is on it fully and I can download all the cool games I paid for...

    • Francois Roy

      Space shuttle, this is Houston ; No. I repeat; no. Not out of the box.

      • dude

        Also from what I read they will block the Ouya store of the device is rooted, but I'm not sure if it's true. I'll still buy it and side load apps, it'll work fine as a media center, I'm not getting it for the games.

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

          OUYA Twitter confirmed that, yes indeed they will block the store for rooted devices: https://twitter.com/playouya/status/225096975568207872

          Yeah, I am not sure entirely why the OUYA Store is disallowed when the device's user is given r/w access to the root partition (rooting/jailbreaking). Apparently, it's something to do with the sheer fact "you can wipe the device and that's bad if the device is stolen" that disallows the OUYA Store.

          This is weird when we consider that Apple allowed jailbroken iOS with Cydia for you to continue using the App Store and iTunes without issue. Also Google allow the Play Store and Amazon allow their Amazon App Store to be used unscathed. When I jailbroke my Wii I had access to all the standard Nintendo stuff with no consequences as well as extra stuff including emulators and homebrew.

          Sony do block Internet access for the PS3, so I guess the OUYA is mimicking that. But to what avail? Sony and OUYA are different playing fields, with different goals in mind.

        • blahmoomoo

          Maybe the reason is because having root could allow you to bypass the licensing system?

          • Matthew Fry

            It's no different than a PC administrator. Licensing works just fine on PCs so really it is no excuse. Isis requires a secured sim card for goodness sake and they still refuse to allow you to use it when rooted. Root access doesn't mean dangerous. Root access means you can't just put a file into a secure spot and call it licensing; you actually have to do work.

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

            In which case, I might be right and that the DRM is just a few files on the root that can easily be modified or deleted. Hope it gets rectified, because I like my Android's rooted and my girls with dark hair.

            And with the OUYA, I'll have neither it seems (unless I get 2 OUYAs, but that's silly).

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

            Maybe their DRM is primitive to be bypassed easily on root I guess.

          • dude

            Yes, exactly, I can understand their position, it the same problem with the PlayStore where its possible to pirate apps with root. I do not blame them for this, however, I dislike the fact that there isn't PlayStore which will alienate alot of buyers. I can deal with it since I know how to sideload and it will be rooted and sooner and later I can install PlayStore to it, like the Kindle Fire.
            I do look forward to running CyanogenMod 10.1+ on this device, it should be possible since devs will be interested. If it doesn't the I will resell it, but my feeling is still positive.

        • primalxconvoy

          Blocking the store due to root is like stopping customers in a fashion store for wearing customized clothes. You might as well just redirect them to the criminals and be done with it.

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

            Agree entirely. If I was developing for the OUYA, I would have one Android build which works on OUYA and mobile devices available on both the OUYA Store and Google Play.

  • Dinofan01

    As a Android fan I think it's interesting. As a gamer I'm not even going to consider buying it. I'm not a huge fan of mobile gaming. Anytime I play it's for five minutes at a time. I'm not going to sit in front of my tv to play for five minutes. I want a larger experience that OUYA doesn't have. My only interest is emulators and media center but I already have other game systems and a Google TV for that.

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

      My main argument for buying it, it's only $99/£99. It runs games, emulators and services such as YouTube, Netflix and hopefully UK catchup services like BBC iPlayer and ITV Player. Also it's infinitely customisable too with root, maybe someone will get Ubuntu for ARM and Chromium OS on it. :-)

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

    It's also available for preorder in GAME for UK buyers like me.

  • primalxconvoy

    I backed it, but wish I hadn't now; due to the (only just announced, on the day of shipping) mandatory credit card check... even for FREE content. Even Google play and sony's psn doesn't do that. I've lost faith in ouya to be customer friendly. If they don't change this feature, I'll either demand a refund or hack it to play sideloaded Android/emulator/ouya games.

    • ergu

      Of all the things that people bash OUYA for, I think this is probably the only one to actually be concerned about. The whole point of OUYA is that they are trying to treat their customers like people, not sheep to be herded into a money pen. Mandatory credit card checks are worse than PS3, and I loathe Sony for their contempt for their user base. The only potential saving grace is in the fact that you might never have to deal with that if you're rooting and side loading.

      • primalxconvoy

        Yes, but I REALLY wanted to like ouya. I was hoping that they wouldn't become just another company. If they change their card stance, I'm probably more willing to pay for goods, even with a credit card. I got shafted by psn and our card info was used by some git in the usa. Also, I won't join Google plus due to them forcing Android users to join in order to post reviews at the marketplace.

      • primalxconvoy

        I completely agree. I think it's also rotten that they only admitted this on the day of shipping. After I complained to ouya, they offered to refund me my money, but I told them to ship the darned thing. I also told them that I would be having their silly little store/launcher right off of the console and replacing it with stock/custom launcher/s and the play store.

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

      Wait, credit card check? What are they checking for? If it's the usual "is it valid?" then that's okay because everything in e-commerce needs to do that. Although even Apple don't demand a card for free apps. What are OUYA up to?

  • Ray G.

    MY BIRTHDAY!!!

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

      Good, you can have a nice birthday present then. Be sure that it's wrapped with a pretty bow on top. XD