Ouya Pushing to be a Media Center Too
The Ouya Android console will come packed with support for XBMC, iHeartRadio, VEVO and TuneIn Radio.
The Ouya team is working with XBMC to bring the open source media player and entertainment hub to the Android device. XBMC Community Manager Nathan Betzen says the marriage was inevitable thanks to the hundreds -- if not thousands -- of demands on Twitter, in blogs, on Facebook, in Reddit, and in Kickstarter comments.
"We are delighted to announce that XBMC will be working with Ouya to ensure that XBMC works well on the Ouya platform. Ouya's Android underpinnings and XBMC's work on Android (soon to be merged into master, pending final sign-offs!) will dramatically speed up that effort, as will early XBMC dev access to Ouya prototypes," Betzen said.
In addition to the XBMC negotiations, the Ouya team has also partnered with TuneIn Radio, a free service that pipes in over 60,000 radio stations and two million on-demand programs. This will be a handy service for Ouya owners who want to listen to their local radio stations without having to worry about spotty reception. Typically TuneIn offers two Android apps on Google Play: the free version and the $0.99 Pro version which allows users to record stations and on-demand content to a smartphone or tablet.
Previously the Ouya team announced a partnership with iHeartRadio which also streams local radio stations in addition to stations scattered across the nation.
"iHeartRadio brings users the only 'all-in-one' free digital radio experience – the best live radio stations from all over America, PLUS user-created Custom Stations, like a playlist, inspired by favorite artists and songs. And the iHeartRadio HTML 5 App is a perfect fit for OUYA because it’s built for a large screen format and provides an intuitive and engaging audio and visual experience," Clear Channel Media said last week.
Finally, the Ouya team has partnered with VEVO to bring the "world's leading all-premium music video and entertainment platform" to the Android console. Users will have access to favorite artists like JAY Z, Nicki Minaj, Justin Bieber, Shakira, Kings of Leon, The Killers, Big K.R.I.T., Florence + The Machine, John Mayer, P!nk and more on their HDTV.
"At VEVO, our mission is to bring high quality music experiences to users wherever and whenever. We have always strived to embrace new platforms that developers, creative communities and consumers are excited about. Ouya is just that—it’s one of the most exciting new entertainment platforms we’ve seen and we think it’s a natural fit for VEVO’s premium music videos and original music programming," VEVO said.
Of course, we can't talk about an Android gaming console without actually covering a few games. That said, here's a list of titles currently slated to launch on the gadget:
AR-K: A Dark Acid Adventure Comedy
Armored Tank Assault 2
Castle Conflict 2
Echoes of Eternea
Final Fantasy III
Gish (and more!)
Heroes Call and Ski Safari
Legends of Aethereus
MANOS: The Hands of Fate
OnLive's Streaming Service
Quest for Infamy
Reincarnation: The Root of All Evil
Saturday Morning RPG
Super Retro Squad
Volgarr the Viking