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Ouya Team Now Working With Nvidia

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The Ouya team is now working with Nvidia to optimize the Android console for Tegra 3.

As of Monday morning, the Ouya Kickstarter project had reeled in 38,285 backers who pledged $4,888,038 USD, far exceeding the original goal of $950,000. Now sitting on a potential mountain of cash (with more likely to come), the team is currently focused on the task of getting the $99 product out to market.

The latest update reports that the team is working with Nvidia to streamline the Ouya design for the Tegra 3 SoC. "We spent yesterday with Nvidia talking about our chips," the update reads. "The team is great and their support has been incredible. They're working side by side with us, and they'll help us maximize the performance of the Tegra 3 chipset we're using."

The team also mentions that they may grant developers even earlier access than previously planned. "We had a crazy idea -- if folks are interested -- we might consider a reward that would allow devs to start working from the raw circuit board at an even earlier date, allowing them to get a head start on development. And maybe we'd add one more level that gives you just the software -- no early console."

"Obviously, if you have the Android SDK, you know most of what you need to know -- we'll just need to add in a few elements specific to Ouya -- things like assets for promoting on the console and our payments API," the team adds.

Based on the Kickstarter numbers, five backers have pledged $10,000 or more. These people will have their user name and backer number engraved into the entire first production run of consoles. They'll also be invited to attend a private pre-launch dinner party which will also include an inner circle of game developers and designers.

As for the console, the team said it will be easy to root, and easy to open, as it uses standard screws. Hardware hackers can create their own peripherals, and connect via USB or Bluetooth. The actual console specs include Nvidia's quad-core Tegra 3 SoC, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, HDMI output (although it needs standard video out too), 802.11 b/g/n connectivity, Bluetooth LE 4.0, and a USB 2.0 port.

"Because OUYA is based on Android, any app developer could publish their Android app to OUYA. The possibilities are limitless, and conversations with potential partners are already underway," the team states.

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    Kami3k , July 16, 2012 7:26 PM
    For $99 what are you expecting?
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    esrever , July 16, 2012 7:21 PM
    tegra 3 is too weak for a console imo.
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    Osmin , July 16, 2012 7:23 PM
    By the time OUYA comes out, the NVidia Tegra-4 should be out. Already underpowered compared to the XBOX and PS3, will the masses embrace cell phone games? If OUYA is supposed to get 30% profit on each game sold from developers, couldn’t they subsidize better hardware?
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    Kami3k , July 16, 2012 7:26 PM
    For $99 what are you expecting?
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    tntom , July 16, 2012 7:33 PM
    To everyone above. This is based on A-N-D-R-O-I-D! I other words it is not a closed platform and the hardware can be upgraded at any time like a PC. I other words when Tegra 4 comes out....No!...Problem upgrading the system. And don't think there will not be all kinds of mods on the market. This is an open platform so modders do not have to worry about licensing their HW. I would not count out big titles coming to this either.
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    loops , July 16, 2012 7:47 PM
    This would be cool for a kid you did not want on your PC and for one that does not have a PS/360. I like that you could travel with it. It would rock if you could connect it to a cheap tablet like the Fire. It seems geared to the TV.
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    shqtth , July 16, 2012 7:52 PM
    Wii is already selling for $130 with a game.
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    lahawzel , July 16, 2012 8:00 PM
    tntomTo everyone above. This is based on A-N-D-R-O-I-D! I other words it is not a closed platform and the hardware can be upgraded at any time like a PC. I other words when Tegra 4 comes out....No!...Problem upgrading the system. And don't think there will not be all kinds of mods on the market. This is an open platform so modders do not have to worry about licensing their HW. I would not count out big titles coming to this either.

    In essence, the selling points for this console are already offered by a PC, minus the $99 part.

    While I find it impressive that the kickstarter project raised lots of funding so quickly, I'm going to pass on the tempting offer to throw in $100 so I can play angry birds on my TV.
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    marthisdil , July 16, 2012 8:18 PM
    shqtthWii is already selling for $130 with a game.

    And the Ouya will likely STILL have better graphics....and?
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    digitalvampire , July 16, 2012 8:42 PM
    I hate that the developers think they can rangle in casual gamers with this. Do you want to know why people spend money on Android/iOS applications AT ALL? It's not because they make these awesome, innovative, gotta-have applications. It's because they are released to platforms that are literally attached to consumers at all times. Their phones. So now, we have the exact same product (ie, phone hardware) and remove the one reason most Android/iOS applications (especially games) sell at all.

    I won't be buying, obviously, but this will be fun to watch. Oh, and with "things like assets for promoting on the console", these guys will make some change as well.
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    lathe26 , July 16, 2012 8:52 PM
    The big difference from other consoles is the business model and the openness. For the user, no risk of being banned for modding your hardware. For 3rd party hardware OEMs, no license fees (ex: ~ $7 per 3rd party controller).

    Will this model be successful? I don't know. However, it will be interesting to watch if this shakes up a stale industry.
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    Bloob , July 16, 2012 9:07 PM
    esrevertegra 3 is too weak for a console imo.


    Agreed. And when you remember how much more Android consumes resources than your standard console OS, it gets even weaker.

    Oh, and for everyone touting it as open. Sure, you can do with it anything you like, much as you can with a PC, but rooting it will disable official app-market, etc.
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    Dangi , July 16, 2012 9:32 PM
    tntomTo everyone above. This is based on A-N-D-R-O-I-D! I other words it is not a closed platform and the hardware can be upgraded at any time like a PC. I other words when Tegra 4 comes out....No!...Problem upgrading the system. And don't think there will not be all kinds of mods on the market. This is an open platform so modders do not have to worry about licensing their HW. I would not count out big titles coming to this either.


    That's "true" as also is that your android phone from 2 years ago can be upgraded with an Exynos or Tegra 3

    Come on, really ??!!!

    Open software is not open hardware, you can make any program you want put you can't play with it's hardware as if it was made like a LEGO. You can't unless you know a ton of electronics and have the original BIOS to play with, even so, not worth the time, better play with an FPGA.
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    CollegeisaScam , July 16, 2012 9:45 PM
    This is for kids. Wouldn't it be better to give your kid a 99$ device to play angry birds on, than a more expensive phone or tablet?

    It is not meant for serious gamers. Much like Game boy. During Game Boy's time, it was very popular and very under powered.
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    bustapr , July 16, 2012 9:48 PM
    BloobAgreed. And when you remember how much more Android consumes resources than your standard console OS, it gets even weaker.Oh, and for everyone touting it as open. Sure, you can do with it anything you like, much as you can with a PC, but rooting it will disable official app-market, etc.

    the console will likely ave its own market instead of the standard android market. if the team behind it is touting "itll be easy to root" I doubt theyll ban users who root the console. As for it being too weak, it really doesnt matter. this console is NOT competing with other android phones and tablets. its very much like the pc where people have a free will to develope whatever they want with it. and its very similar to other consoles because developers will be optimizing and making games for 1 chipset. indie devs will definitely hop on, and if were lucky we'd get good games on it.

    also saw someone complaining about superiority of mouse and keyboard. you should know that alot of games suck when played with keyboard and are amazing when played with a controller.

    Im a pc gamer myself, but I find it awfully irritating when I see pc fanboys raging on every console they see. I see them the exact same way as they see apple sheep. alot of the time have a point, but alot of the time are just pathetic.
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    DSpider , July 16, 2012 10:00 PM
    Tegra 3 too weak? Nobody complained about the PS2 or the PSP. Stop being such graphic wh*res.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBl-goBrWno&feature=relmfu

    I think that some really great games could be written for it. And at $99 it doesn't need to compete with the PS3 or XBOX360. Maybe against the Wii.
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    RADIO_ACTIVE , July 16, 2012 10:07 PM
    Kami3kFor $99 what are you expecting?

    lol great comment, I guess they are expecting 700 dollars or so of gaming pc hardware lol for a 100 bucks.
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    sp0nger , July 16, 2012 11:01 PM
    This is going to fail, fail hard.
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    bebangs , July 17, 2012 2:33 AM
    this is like a Jailbroken PS3, except that it's legal. Im hoping they wont release an outdated tech by March 2013.

    +LIKE!
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