Thursday, July 12, 2012

Ouya takes to Kickstarter to fund Android-based gaming console

On July 10, 2012, 3:30 PM EST With Video
It’s no secret that smartphone and tablet gaming is heating up in a big way. Titles are much easier to code on these platforms and the low production and consumer cost is a win-win for everyone involved.
A startup based in Los Angeles called Ouya agrees with all of these statements, but they feel that gaming is still best done at home on a large television with booming surround sound. Their solution is to merge portable gaming with at-home console gaming, and do so on the cheap.
Update (7/12): Funding has gone all the way up to $3.5 million dollars, and counting...
Update (7/11): Ouya's Kickstarter has not only surpassed its $950,000 goal in less than 24 hours, but as of writing it's raised over $2.1 million with 28 more days to go and showing considerable interest with some 17,000-plus backers thus far.
The Ouya is an Android-based open-source console that is powered by a Tegra 3 quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal flash storage. The device uses a wireless controller with standard controls (two analog sticks, d-pad, eight action buttons, a system button) and a touchpad. The console and controller were both designed by Yves Behar, the person behind the Jawbone Jambox and the One Laptop per Child portable.

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