Ever since I heard about OUYA, the open source gaming console via Kickstarter I have been waiting in anticipation of this very day. Finally we have ourselves the first open source gaming console. No longer are we walled in by the major gaming vendors Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo. Now we have another option that is community driven. I know what I’m giving myself for my birthday now 🙂
With over 170 games at launch and 17,000 registered game developers, OUYA is poised to take on the major vendors and it means business. OUYA has built a new kind of video game experience for the television. Created in 2012 by video game industry veteran Julie Uhrman, OUYA enables any game developer to bring their most exciting, creative, and inventive game play experiences to life – in 1080p HD. A big plus is that all games are free-to-try. Uhrman and an initial team of game developers and industry advisors brought the concept to life with the help of award-winning designer Yves Behar. OUYA is now available in the U.S., U.K., and Canada for $99.
With OUYA all games are digitally delivered or streamed. In other words there are no more discs to buy. This is built on the same concept as Netflix. It’s hard to say at this point whether going full on into the streaming realm is going to good for business and marketing however. Since there are no physical games per se word of mouth will be extremely important to spread the news about this new platform; that and a lot of PPC or banner adverts!
Whether racing in Flashout 3D, answering trivia in You Don’t know Jack, exploring an otherworldly RPG in Chronoblade (an OUYA exclusive from the creator of the Grand Theft Auto franchise), testing patience and agility in The Little Crane That Could, or inviting friends over to compete in couch gaming fun with games like Towerfall or Hidden In Plain Sight, OUYA has something unique for every gamer, at every age. Plus, with streaming services such as Twitch.tv, TuneIn, and Plex loaded on, this little box will answer every digital entertainment need.
Console: A sleek 3″ x 3″ cube of brushed aluminum, OUYA features an open OS with custom interface built on an NVIDIA Tegra 3 chipset that delivers fast performance, amazing graphics, and surround sound in 1080p HD.
Controller: Designed specifically for OUYA, the controller features all the button combinations for a truly immersive game play experience, including two analog sticks, D-Pad, eight action buttons, a system button, touchpad, and Bluetooth connectivity.
Games: With more than 170+ games already available for download on the system, OUYA’s ever-growing game library covers every game experience imaginable, including Chronoblade, Beast Boxing, Final Fantasy III, Saturday Morning RPG, No Brakes Valet, and Sega’s Sonic games. All games are free-to-try. No more discs, and you own your games forever.
Apps: OUYA fans can access their favorite streaming video and music apps including content directly from Twitch.tv, Plex, XBMC, TuneIn, Crunchyroll, iHeartRadio, and many others.
DISCOVER Store: OUYA focuses on discovering the most fun games. Games are organized by player engagement, plus an ongoing roster of guest curators share their favorite game picks.
MAKE Channel: An evolving channel that uses OUYA’s built-in software development kit to enable creators to build and test games, later allowing a direct relationship with OUYA gamers through the system.
I’ve seen the new XBOX One and its Forza racing which is absolutely incredible. The graphics are so close to lifelike; I’ve never seen this kind of resolution. I’ve also seen the PS4 and been absolutely amazed as well. In addition I am eagerly anticipating games like Watch_Dogs by Ubisoft which will be released this fall. In fact everything for me is hinging on Watch_Dogs since I love games like that. OUYA is going to have some stiff competition this upcoming holiday season. Perhaps they should have waited for a different year to launch the product? What do you think? Would you still buy a OUYA even though the other major gaming vendors are releasing new platforms for Christmas 2013?