Ouya On Sale for $99 in June, Already Up for Pre-order

This past summer, the gaming world was buzzing with talk of Ouya, the $99 gaming console that runs on Google's Android operating system. What started off as a Kickstarter appeal blossomed into a movement, with over $8.5 million in donations from gamers around the world. Over the holidays, the system starting shipping to developers and Ouya revealed that it planned to ship over a thousand units to developers all around the world. Now we have an update on a release for the consumer version of the system.

 

The news was first confirmed to the Wall Street Journal by CEO Julie Uhrman. Uhrman told the Journal that the console would go on sale for $99 in June of this year, adding that Amazon, GameStop, Target, and Best Buy would be stocking the device. During her interview, Uhrman said pre-orders for Ouya would kick off today, February 5. Sure enough, at time of writing, the console was already listed on Amazon.

 

Pricing is set at $99, with extra controllers ringing in at $49.99. Your initial $99 purchase will net you the Ouya and one controller, so it's likely you'll want to add a second one to your cart from the get go. The $99 package contains one Ouya game console, one wireless controller with removable faceplates, an HDMI cable, two AA batteries, and a power adapter.

Ouya has certainly come a long way since it launched on Kickstarter last summer. The project is a perfect example of the Kickstarter model, which involves individuals backing projects they want to see come to fruition.

Ouya boasts Nvidia's Tegra 3 processor clocked to 1GHz, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal flash storage (expandable via USB), MicroUSB x 1, USB 2.0 x 1, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Ethernet, Bluetooth, and HDMI out.

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  • casualcolors
    Ouya? Ewwno. For all the namedropping going on with this console and the upcoming Steambox, neither company has yet to justify the existence of either product to me as a consumer. Why is it that I am supposed to want these things? At the moment, roughly understanding the hardware and software platform of each console, I don't have any desire to use either.
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  • hixbot
    The D-pad looks to be similiar to the Xbox 360 D-pad (terrible).
    It's too bad, because when playing retro games on emulator, a good D-pad is critical.
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  • Anonymous
    I am actually looking forward to this.

    I wonder how well this runs a linux distro, would be great as a Steam For Linux Box
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