Ouya is a gaming console. But, not just your everyday gaming console. So, is it like the PlayStation? Or Is it like the Xbox? The answer is, Ouya is nothing like any of these. Instead, Ouya is totally different.
Ouya is a console that runs on NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 SoC which has 1.7GHz quad-core CPU and 1GB of RAM. Also, 8GB of onboard storage is present, which can be easily expanded through the USB port of the console. Ouya can play 1080p videos. Connectivity options include WiFi 802.11b/g/n and an Ethernet port. Both of them should easily hook you up for playing games online. Ouya runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean as of now. Ouya has a USB 2.0 port for connecting storage options and also has a microUSB port for connecting the console to a computer. The controllers of this sweet and small (Dimensions: 75mm cube) console are totally wireless and work on Bluetooth 4.0. The device has a HDMI port which supports 1080p, 1080i and 720p resolutions.
Ouya had made quite a news when the project was announced on Kickstarter and the goal was reached in just 8 hours! Since then, Ouya has shipped it’s developer consoles to the backers. Other Kickstarter backers are now receiving their consoles. Also, Ouya is available to pre-order for $99.99 as of now. The device will be retailing for the same price from June 4, 2013. An extra controller will set you back at $49.99. Ouya will be available at retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, Target and Amazon Canada.
The controller of the console has 15 buttons on it and has a touchpad. You can connect up to four of these controllers for multiplayer gaming.
Ouya is totally open. Open for you to tweak it’s hardware as well as it’s softwares. The company provides tools for developing games for the console with every shipment. Also, the games on Ouya will be free to try before you actually buy them. Many of the games are expected to free and Ouya is already partnering with major game developers to bring popular titles to the platform.
Looking at the specifications, these seem quite outdated considering the retail date. NVIDIA has already announced their Tegra 4 SoC. It’s quite interesting that the company has announced that they will be releasing a new console every year with updated specs. So, it won’t even hurt to change a console that costs a hundred bucks every two to three years.
Will you be grabbing one of these?