The Android-powered gaming console Ouya, which came through Kickstarter with millions chipped in by gamers who had faith in the console and the company made its official debut June 25th. What’s amazing is that the $99 console has already sold out on Amazon and Gamestop! Part of it has to do with the extremely wallet-friendly price as it is less expensive than most consoles on the market at the moment.
It’s no secret that the Ouya doesn’t have the juice of other consoles and it has been stated many in the industry that it won’t compete with the likes of Wii U, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One—nor is it meant to. What it does is not only allow for players to enjoy some 170 games digitally, but it gives players the ability to be developers with a built in development kit and sell them on the Ouya marketplace. After the game has been completed, it can be added to the Sandbox where other players can decide if it moves on to an actual category in the Marketplace.
Games are all free to play up until a certain level or free to play with developers coming up with their own ways to turn a profit such as through microtransactions, episodes, etc. Ouya also comes with a variety of streaming apps in Plex, iHeartradio, XBMC, and Onlive. It was pushed back from June 4th to deal with its controller and UI which some gaming media outlets have stated are improved from the backer releases which saw a sluggish UI and somewhat fragile controller.
While Ouya has made its retail debut, there are many Kickstarter backers who haven’t gotten their console yet as were the terms of the amount they put in. The Ouya team stated that they are working to get those out to them. There have also been concerns about the growth of the game Marketplace and the quality of titles coming in with some believing it could end up like many mobile marketplaces with more terrible/throw away titles than good ones. There was also an early misconception that the Ouya would only play Google Play store titles. Later it was shown that both big name developers and amateur developers would be bringing tried and true titles and fresh content to the console.
In a statement about the release, co-founder and CEO Julie Uhrman said “It’s incredible to think that a little under a year ago Ouya was just an idea—we wanted to do something completely new in console gaming: build a $99 game console, with no discs to buy, open to all developers, and affordable to all gamers. Today, Ouya is real.”
Even though it has sold out online at Amazon and GameStop, you can still snag it at Best Buy and Target’s online shops. It’s expected that the Ouya consoles will be restocked at Amazon and GameStop.