There are quite a few things about Ouya, which could raise your eyebrows. But one of the most fascinating things about it is the fact that it has been able to generate a whopping USD 5 million in pledges from the general public, making it one of the most popular open source consoles. The product itself is slated to release in a few years’ time making use of next generation console. With Kickstarter getting the huge financial backup in the form of pledges, there is some excitement. It remains to be seen to what extent, the Android based Ouya console will live up to the hype and the release dates.
The Ouya console will feature a quad core Tegra-3 processor with 8GB memory along with a RAM size of 1GB. Ouya is slated to run ICS operating system from Android. Interestingly, the console featuring Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is considered to be a developer kit in itself and takes the open source model to the next level allowing developers to contribute games which are inexpensive and innovative. In other words, users can get the games free of cost once they have the console. With Ouya making use of Android, it wouldn’t be a hard learning curve for the developers either who would already have a fair idea of how the whole thing works in the first place.
One of the best things that the Ouya console idea has done is to be able to get rid of the whole process of purchasing an SDK kit which could be expensive for a lot of people. In other words, a big road-block has been cleared as far as developing and releasing console games in the gaming market is concerned and this is what has been driving the Ouya team forward. In fact, the console is already being touted for its ability to sell free to play games for the game loving public. The 8 GB onboard storage is impressive. The console also comes with a track pad which will offer mouse and touch controls just the same way as you would come across in a laptop.
Ouya console is not the only one of the cheap consoles, which are easily programmable. However, its popularity with funding has made it a public talking point with a lot of gaming developers coming out openly supporting the whole concept. The combination of NVIDIA Tegra processor and Android OS are formidable and will allow developers to enjoy video games on a television. With a revolution in the world of gaming consoles not far away, developers can now look to easily make the most of their video games without the general challenges faced while getting games on Wii and Xbox to TV. Incredibly, the console is quite small and easy to handle as well. Ouya also boasts of 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0. It features a wireless game controller and this can be put to use with USB connection or over the Bluetooth.