When I first found out about the Ouya Kickstarter page, I was excited. Personally, I love seeing records broken and milestones made. It makes me feel happy to see what the humankind can accomplish in modern day society.
A few months ago, no more than 5000 people had heard of Ouya and it may have never even seen the light of day as a finished product. Undoubtedly, without Kickstarter and the 63,416 backers, Ouya would still be a measly prototype sitting in an office somewhere. But, because of the internet, this product has been “kick-started” into a new level of importance. The amount of publicity this project has gained is phenomenal and I’m personally really looking forward to purchasing it later next year.
Many of you reading this will have heard of Ouya, yet probably only a few have taken the time to look into it. Thus, before sharing with you the reasons for my excitement about Ouya, I will introduce you to the product.
Ouya is a $99 console built on Android’s open source technology that plugs into your TV. The goal is to let you play games and enjoy all kinds of entertainment on a big screen. Ouya is a device that really enhances your gaming limitations and allows you to experience various entertainment on a different level compared to the current brass of smartphones and tablets.
The Ouya project was submitted to Kickstarter, a website which aims to help new ventures and startups get off their feet. Their goal was to raise $950,000 which is enough money to launch the console and get it into stores. Fortunately, instead of making $950,000, they made $8,596,475 — a massive amount that quickly propelled them into one of the most funded Kickstarter projects ever!
Ouya’s Kickstarter page
Since the funding, Ouya has gained massive support. So far, they have been approached by Final Fantasy, TuneIn Radio and VEVO. All of these are highly reputable companies who are interested in having their technology on the device. I expect the amount of interest to rise further as the targeted release date of March 2013 draws nearer. Also, as Ouya is running on the Android operating system, every app which is published on Android should be accessible on it by default.
Ouya’s fancy website
One more thing that really caught my eye is that Ouya welcomes hackers. The majority of manufacturers normally frown on this so this openness will definitely set Ouya apart and allow for many awesome advancements.
Have at it: It’s easy to root (and rooting won’t void your warranty). Everything opens with standard screws. Hardware hackers can create their own peripherals, and connect via USB or Bluetooth. You want our hardware design? Let us know. We might just give it to you. Surprise us!
A Few Reservations Regarding Ouya
However good Ouya may sound, I still have my doubts about whether the console will actually boom. In fact, I’ll be waiting until the device has been fully tested before making the decision to buy it.
First of all, Ouya is still in “prototype” stage as informed by the Kickstarter page. This basically means they haven’t put these on a production line yet or even had a finished project. Will it even work?
The Ouya console taken apart
Secondly, for the Ouya to rate highly in my books it will need to have a strong resemblance to the Android OS and an integration with the Play Store. I will be highly disappointed if it lacks the ability to transfer purchased apps from my tablet or phone onto the device.
Finally, I want this product to come quickly. Hopefully, I won’t need to wait a year before I can actually get my hands on one. The project startup received about ten times the amount of funding that they needed so I hope they can use it wisely. If Ouya is released in March 2013, I will be satisfied.
Interesting Graphics and Specs
The first thing that struck me with Ouya is the presence of a Tegra 3 quad-core processor – the same which is built into the Nexus 7. High expectations come with this processor and I reckon all my games should run as smoothly as they possibly can. However, if lag or stuttering is experienced, I, and many others, will definitely be dismissing the device immediately.
List of Ouyta’s specs
Ouya’s support for up to 1080p HD is another feature I’m really looking forward to. Because I like everything in the best quality possible, the 1080p image must be quite pleasing. Also, my own TV doesn’t support Netflix and if Ouya is able to run all Android apps, getting Netflix on my TV should then be possible. I know I could buy a box such as the Apple TV to get access to Netflix, but for that price, I want more added value, the kind that only a console like Ouya would provide.
Whatever the final product is, it’s definitely going to be special and a game changer (pun intended) in the console market. I would love to see Ouya in gaming stores everywhere alongside the Wii, Playstation and Xbox, even though I’m afraid that it might be targeting a niche market of gamers for the time being. All in all, I’m highly looking forward to seeing Ouya released early next year and I can’t wait to get my hands on one.
Have you heard about Ouya before? Did it intrigue and thrill you as much as me or do you find yourself skeptic of its success?