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Ouya Pushing to be a Media Center Too

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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
Aura Tactics
Castle Conflict 2
Echoes of Eternea
Final Fantasy III
Gish (and more!)
Heroes Call and Ski Safari
Ittle Dew
Kaiju Combat
Legends of Aethereus
MANOS: The Hands of Fate
Mutant Mudds
OnLive's Streaming Service
Orbital Blaster
Quest for Infamy
Reincarnation: The Root of All Evil
Rival Threads
Rush Bros
Saturday Morning RPG
Super Retro Squad
Volgarr the Viking

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    Pennanen , August 10, 2012 3:28 AM
    Better to buy this console. It will be like dreamcast. Something collectors keep because it killed a company and many people lost their job because of it.
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    benikens , August 10, 2012 3:34 AM
    PennanenBetter to buy this console. It will be like dreamcast. Something collectors keep because it killed a company and many people lost their job because of it.

    Because Sega doesn't exist anymore right?
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    Pennanen , August 10, 2012 4:19 AM
    benikensBecause Sega doesn't exist anymore right?

    And what is sega nowdays? 3d sonic games, thats pretty steep downhill.
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    ltdementhial , August 10, 2012 4:56 AM
    if i can attach an usb dvd (or even better BD) drive to this...i will buy it plays games, runs on android, will have xbmc and mostly will be very affordable.

    i remember when i was very very little...18 years ago dad used to be a DIY-geek he passed it on me...really those good ol' days making autorun.bat's and stuff like that on software and even having proyects involving "low" end pc as amstrad pc's...damn 20 years full of corporative products dependency and now we are back to those DIY solutions...and all started with the little spark that was the Raspberry...

    (excuse my inglish is not my main language)
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    taurine , August 10, 2012 5:19 AM
    PennanenAnd what is sega nowdays? 3d sonic games, thats pretty steep downhill.

    SEGA's published a TON of games. A search on steam gives you 187 results.
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    killabanks , August 10, 2012 5:30 AM
    taurineSEGA's published a TON of games. A search on steam gives you 187 results.

    Sega got screwed after dreamcast sorry to break it to you... even though in my opinion it was the best system at the time
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    lpedraja2002 , August 10, 2012 7:07 AM
    I never thought of the OUYA as a home theater but given that the option is now available I can see it having a better chance in penetrating t he market. It would be an excellent competition device to the Roku and other similar devices, plus it can play games. I hope this thing does well.
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    alidan , August 10, 2012 7:53 AM
    PennanenBetter to buy this console. It will be like dreamcast. Something collectors keep because it killed a company and many people lost their job because of it.

    dreamcast didnt kill sega, they were making 8 systems concurrently world wide and not going for a unified front. it would be like if nintendo still made every system they ever made, and still pumped games out for each too, dreamcast didnt kill sega, management did.

    but beside that

    if this console can play a 1080p bluray rip encoded into mkv, without lagging the video, i will buy this for the living room. as it would be a decent access point to the internet, play my movies, and be a console that is fairly capable.
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    Anonymous , August 10, 2012 8:01 AM
    This console is larger than a tablet,so they to put more power into it,like a hex core processor
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    mmstick , August 10, 2012 9:01 AM
    PennanenAnd what is sega nowdays? 3d sonic games, thats pretty steep downhill.

    Oh my god, have you not seen the Total War series!? One of the best game franchises on PC.
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    Pennanen , August 10, 2012 9:53 AM
    mmstickOh my god, have you not seen the Total War series!? One of the best game franchises on PC.

    Yes sega funds game developments but thats because they cant make good games themselves :D 
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    Anonymous , August 10, 2012 12:15 PM
    Judging by their promotional video their project looks like to me as "a girl that likes video games finally got a chance to make her own console, so she thought that she would be seen as someone doing something new and amazing by taking a bunch of premade stuff and reselling it to other people"...
    I do not like that at all, anyone can (and people are doing that for 5-6 years already) take an integrated motherboard, free os and do a c&c machine cut for a box at a local store. With a little programing knowledge anyone can change the look of android interface. Other people are not doing that commercial because it doesn't make any sense to market a premade system. There is huge list of reasons why all of the consoles have their code written specifically for that system.
    This is patetic.
    I'm a bit outraged that this crap is compared to efforts for Commodore 64. This is my impression. This is just a little girl cutting up a collection of her doll dresses to make a new one, and hopefully get some approval from her parents.
    This will suck ****** 100%.
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    teh_chem , August 10, 2012 12:35 PM
    This is sounding more and more like the nexus Q, but I bet the Q won't be shipping with an already-outdated CPU/GPU chipset. Sadly I think the gaming capabilities of this (and the Q) are better served by OnLive rather than gameswritten for Tegra3. (and it's not like I have a high opinion of OnLive).

    The sad fact of the matter is that games are already developed rapidly for the tegra platforms (even though they're not all that great). Tegra is changing almost on a yearly basis with the graphical capabilities more than doubling each time--not that this is different from desktop hardware, but desktop hardware is backwards-compatible for longer periods than tegra platforms. Tegra2 already can't play Tegra3 games, and Tegra3 is already not a new chipset. All a console like this is going to do is stagnate tegra-based development.
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    master_chen , August 10, 2012 12:52 PM
    Ouya Pushing to be a Media Center

    NONONONONO! Give me a GAME CONSOLE, NOT another PlayStation 3!
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    alexzieba , August 10, 2012 5:03 PM
    Will the Ouya be a real game changer? Or will get dominated by smartphone and tablet ports?

    You tell me.
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    Anonymous , August 13, 2012 8:44 PM
    SEGA has gone downhill so bad, that it isn't funny.

    SEGA's newest big title is a f2p online game, that has one of the most exploitative cash shops I've seen. They put many of the sought after items only available in their "scratch ticket-like" RNG items. During Closed Beta, I had a chance to check out their cash shop using the free in-game money they gave me. I easily spent the equivalent of hundreds of dollars to get the things I wanted. All this was within a few days too. Their cash shop is even more exploitative than Chinese MMOs, and that says a lot!

    As much as I used to love SEGA and the Phantasy Star series, this has been way too much of a let down. Their Genesis glory days seem to be long over.
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    dalauder , August 14, 2012 12:52 AM
    At $99, it'll be cheaper than a PS3 or XBox 360 and better in every way. No, it won't do much positive for PC gaming since the hardware is pretty weak, but if you had to ask yourself whether you should get your kid one of these or a $400 Xbox 720 for Christmas--which would you be happier to buy? Because we both know they'll mostly end up as Netflix/Hulu boxes 2 years from now.

    It's not that it's a powerhouse, it's that it's well worth $99 if you don't already own a Smart TV.