Just as we thought the Kickstarter bubble was about to burst (you can’t imagine how many people we know are attempting to fund their thesis films through crowdsourcing Samaritans), the Ouya (“ooh-yah”) has proven us wrong. In short, the Ouya is a $99 Android-based console designed for free-to-play and other indie games. The appeal is to take indie developers from PCs to consoles (as well as devs burned out on drooling sequels aimed at a particular market without innovation). In this way, the creators of Ouya hope to circumvent the eye-stabbing madness of waiting for Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo to approve their games at a fixed price. Also promised is a completely open system that’s essentially hackable, enabling people to fiddle with source code and create other peripherals. Too good to be true? The Ouya creators posted their Kickstarter project at 6am, Tuesday July 9th and were asking for $950,000. Outrageous and almost certainly a long shot.
Ouya was completely funded in eight hours.
Ouya promises a televised revolution. Does the Ouya have legs? If you asked us a few years ago that console gaming was stagnating and PC gaming was on the rise… well, we would have agreed. Seriously, the writing’s been on the while for quite a while now. Coupled with the Android-based operating system and serious indie dev head-turning, we’re looking at a day of reckoning come next Spring.
We recommend you check out the Ouya’s Kickstarter page and see for yourself, whether you buy into the Ouya’s hype, are excited about its potential, or shrug it off.