Is the Ouya console going to do what Apple TV and Google TV could not, and do it for $99?

tswayne

If you haven't heard of it, Ouya is an Android powered, inexpensive game box that is in the midst of a kickstarter campaign that has raised well over $2 million at last count. It has 1GB of RAM, a quad-core Tegra 3 processor, and, as noted, runs on Android. The idea is to bring Android games, which are much, much cheaper than console games, into the living room. I personally don't think the quality of most Android and iOS games is comparable to console games, but then again $0.99 instead of $50 can make me forgive a lot. Anyway, if it is Android based, it seems that it would be a simple thing to integrate Android apps beyond games into the living room, even though at the moment I think Ouya is just looking at native games and ports of existing games. Stream Netflix, check your Google calendar, edit some docs, read email, IT World, etc., easily and simply on your flatscreen TV. Sure you can do a lot of that now either through an expensive game console or hooking up your laptop, but that costs more, doesn't have the capabilities of a smartphone/pad, or is simply a hassle. I think Ouya is a clever idea, but can it succeed where Google and Apple so far have not?

Answer this Question

Answers

3 total
tganley
Vote Up (19)

At $100 it would almost be worth picking up as an impulse purchase.  I am definitely intrigued by Ouya, and I wish that the projected ship date wasn't next year.  It will be interesting to see how broad the appeal will be for an inexpensive device like this, it could potentially bring a combined media experience into the home in a way that hasn't yet occurred IF the actual device works well.  I would suspect the odds are pretty good for that, since they are not really developing new technology, and there are already tons of Android developers out there that can fill out the game/app catalogue quickly and at low cost.  Apparently a bunch of other people think so too, judging from the article on the front page if ITWorld about the millions of dollars that have been raised.      

jimlynch
Vote Up (14)

It's an interesting project, but I doubt it will have much of an impact. How will it be sold? Who will provide customer support and service? The Apple TV is sold at all Apple stores, and Apple has a world class customer service operating. Eventually I think we'll see iOS games and apps offered on it. When that happens I think this new Ouya product will probably get blown out of the water.

Vote Up (11)

You miss stated that “Apple so far have not”, however the Apple TV has not yet been opened up to developers. If Apple introduce a Bluetooth game controller and enable 3rd party development and distribution through the App Store, I suspect they will own the indie space.  Ouya looks great, but they have yet to face their biggest challenge.

Ask a question

Join Now or Sign In to ask a question.
Here's how to keep tabs on happenings at DragonCon and PAX remotely. Also the XBox One September update arrives early, and brings with it some handy SmartGlass improvements
Twitter is useful for more than following your favorite celebrities. It's a powerful professional tool for keeping up on industry news, interacting with influencers, and marketing yourself. But when you use it this way, managing your Twitter account can feel like a full-time job--unless you have the right app, of course. Here are five iOS apps that make it a lot less work.
Samsung and LG have announced more smartwatches ahead of next week's IFA trade show in Berlin, with an emphasis on connectivity and curvy faces.
The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), which represents the nascent commercial drone industry in the U.S., has thrown its considerable weight behind a bid by Amazon to test drones for use in the online retailer's proposed Prime Air package delivery service.
Is it crazy to pay $1300 for a Chromebook? Some reflections after a year and a half of living with Google's luxurious Pixel.
Although forecasts for PC shipments have brightened, much of the improvement stems from bets that Chromebooks and Macs will make up a larger part of this year's market.
Big smartphones with screens larger than 5.5-in. will make up nearly a third of the entire smartphone market in 2018, IDC said.
We've heard rumor after rumor, but now it's official: Apple will be holding a press event on September 9, kicking off at 10 a.m. Pacific/1 p.m. Eastern. Invitations dispatched to press on Thursday morning were even more cryptic than usual, with a white-on-white Apple logo, the date, and a message reading "Wish we could say more."
Leap Motion may have a new lease on life thanks to inexpensive virtual reality headsets like the Oculus Rift.
In June, Rhapsody and T-Mobile announced Rhapsody unRadio, a subscription streaming music service. This isn't the first time we've seen such an arrangement. Mobile carriers and music streaming services are increasingly getting together in this one-hand-washes-the-other kind of way (as evidenced by the relationships between AT&T and Beats Music and Sprint and Spotify). Getting free or less-expensive music streaming is a perk that might attract customers to a particular carrier, and pre-packaging the services with specific data plans increases the services' visibility.
Join us:
Facebook

Twitter

Pinterest

Tumblr

LinkedIn

Google+

randomness