July 11, 2012, 10:30 AM —
Saying 'it's time to upend console gaming,' OUYA promises a $99 console open to hackers.
Based on a Tegra3 quad-core processor with 1GB RAM and 8GB flash, HDMI with 1080p support, and Android 4.0 (Kickstarter), the physical OUYA reminds one of a GameCube, but is totally open. Any existing Android 4.0 game should run, and the controller includes a touchpad as well as a joystick and buttons.
Pushing the "open" controller even harder, founder Julie Uhrman (GameFly, IGN, Vivendi Universal) says every game on OUYA will be free-to-play in some form (Ars Technica). While the tech specs don't promise the highest resolution and performance compared to other consoles, opening the doors to Android programmers should make for some interesting new games.
If implemented well, this could be very successful. One of the major problems with the traditional consoles is that they're in a rut.
PhillipStorry on arstechnica.com
As a hobbyist this makes me happy. As a gamer... a little less so.
Jerdak on arstechnica.com
Thank you so much for going against the gaming giants..... They have restricted us way too much.
Leslie Benny on venturebeat.com
Expecting tons of low quality game with few good ones.
xphantoman on arstechnica.com
If this had a Steam logo on the front of it, I would be all over it. Without that, this is just another in a long line of short-lived challengers for the living room.
Exelius on arstechnica.com
Who should be more excited: gamers or developers?