Slapping Monday firmly into its place and kicking of the week with the best kind of news, OUYA, the proposed US $99 Android-run console we first reported on last month, has passed the deadline of its Kickstarter funding campaign, raising around US $8.6 million in pledges.
Although originally looking for a mere US $950k to get the project up and running, the LA-based start-up company eclipsed its aim pretty much instantly, racking up some US $2.3 million within the first 24-hours and romping on to phenomenal success with over 63,000 backers.
A machine that’s open to all, designed to be hacked and available at a price that far outstrips the console competitors, OUYA stands to be a gaming game-changer and an accessible Android answer to costly consoles.
Side-stepping the issue of piracy by offering only free games, Final Fantasy has already signed up to the open source OUYA, with the likes of VEVO also agreeing to feature their music videos on the console, XBMC adding a streaming media app, and TuneIn and iHeartRadio bringing the music to the party.
A developer’s dream in hacker’s heaven, OUYA is not just rootable, it’s a dev kit that’s designed to be easy to open for the very nosy, and those with the requisite skills can even create their own peripherals to connect via USB or Bluetooth.
Due to roll out in March of next year, it’s fair to say that we here at LOA cannot wait. In the meantime, to learn more and keep up to date with the project development, head here.