Ouya

More info on the Ouya, the $99 Android console

About a week ago, our own Ron Hoffecker reported on the Ouya, a $99 Android-based home console targeted for your living room. Built upon a custom version of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the Ouya will let people download games through its custom store built right into every single Ouya. Developers will be able to set their own prices, though each game they make must have some part of it free, whether it is a demo or simply a free-to-play model.

What hasn’t been known up until now were the specs of the machine, and we can say with confidence that the following are the specs of the Ouya:

Console 

  • Tegra 3 — Quad-core processor
  • 1 GB LPDDR2 RAM
  • 8 GB on-board flash
  • HDMI connection to the TV at 1080p HD
  • WiFi 802.11bgn
  • Bluetooth LE 4.0
  • Enclosure opens with standard screws

Controller 

  • Wireless controller with 2.4Ghz RF
  • Standard game controls (two analog sticks, d-pad, eight action buttons, a system button)
  • Touchpad, for porting mobile games more easily
  • 2x AA batteries
  • Enclosure opens with standard screws

OS and software

  • Android 4.0
  • Custom TV UI
  • Integrated custom game store — find and download games (and other apps)
  • Includes SDK for game development
  • Ability to root device without voiding warranty

In addition, a Kickstarter page was made in order to fund the production of Ouya consoles. The goal is $950,000, and as of right now, a whopping $904,684 have already been pledged. With the deadline set for August 9th, I can safely say that the goal of $950,000 will be easily surpassed. If you want to pledge money towards Ouya, go to its Kickstarter page right here. I’m gonna go ahead and pledge $100. Laters!

 

Source: Game Informer



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