$99 Ouya Android-powered game console outed

Is the world ready for yet another game console? How about one that costs just $99 and has the open source Android operating system running things inside? If that intrigues you, the startup funding website Angelist (free registration required) has a new listing for such a project, called the Ouya.

The listing for the product also claims that every game that's available on the Ouya will be free to play. A development kit will be included with the purchase of the console so anyone can hack into the Ouya and make it their own. The team behind the Ouya includes Yves Behar, who helped to create the One Laptop Per Child notebook.

Other team members that are listed include Ed Fries, who worked with the team that launched the original Xbox for Microsoft, and Julie Uhrman, who previously worked at IGN as vice-president of their digital distribution division.

Unfortunately, that's all the information that's been revealed about the Ouya (and no, we don't know what that name means, either). There's no word on what kind of hardware will be inside the machine or if it is using a cloud streaming service such as OnLive and Gaikai. While we like the price point and the whole hacking mentality behind this product, we simply don't know enough about it to render a verdict yet.

Via: Kotaku
Source: Angelist | Image via Ouya

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"Is the world ready for another console?" Well, considering I'm going to put my dream console on Kickstarter soon... ****, I just spilled the beans!

M_Lyons10 said,
And with the games being free to play, what's in it for games publishers? I don't see this going anywhere.

Just because...

Considering that it is based on Android, and therefore has a fair degree of compatibility with Linux...

And there are emulators for most gaming consoles in Linux...

And other features that allow for importing... things...

I would almost think, that it might 'possibly' be able to run MAME and a few other things, if not out of the chute... then in about 4 hours after release with a little bit of hacking...

Just a wild guess...

Is this Ouya box comes with a game controller? If not, you have to use your own Android devices as controller and connect to this box ?

Eins.MY said,
Is this Ouya box comes with a game controller? If not, you have to use your own Android devices as controller and connect to this box ?

I imagine you can use any old cheap controller. They all seem to work on Android anyway.

Mike Frett said,
There are literally Millions and Millions of people that disagree with you guys about Emulators being hard to config.

that's why it took off and converted into a business strategy instead of just using steam, installers like gog or a console right?

if you want to base a product on non official, largely untested emulators with so-so control methods than okay, go ahead and be successful

a laggy, unstable and chaotic OS like Android running emulators, wow - it's like an accident waiting to happen

to go further i'd like to see the market or website that OFFICIALLY provides emulator software and gaming software for a project like this - AFAIK there's nothing of the sort so yeah, go and sell a product you need to buy for a 100 bucks than the whole crap is about you searching the internet for readmes to make android and emulator work, downloading the games etc. - if anyone would pay for this their money should simply taken from them to provide food for hungry kittens

Edited by deleted_acc, Jul 5 2012, 9:47am :

Mike Frett said,
There are literally Millions and Millions of people that disagree with you guys about Emulators being hard to config.

I've never had a problem with them either. download a rom, hand it to the emulator, bob's your uncle.

At that price and running Andriod it would be awesome if this was made! However theres a few niggles, i.e will it need to upscale resolutions or are we talking tablet versions of games and if so hows that going to work via a traditional joypad, assuming its presented as that.

Plus points to me tho would be that this would be awesome for a lot of indy games and retro stuff, not to mention andriods already huge collection of games.

Id also be interested to know if they plan and or will allow the andriod to be flashed or rooted or whatever and wether or not it will recieve updates to its OS.

Interesting concept, but little oo-er about the specifics. Still if one company can run with this, it could be the flood gate for a wave of "gamer" centric andriod devices.

Im thinking mobile handheld version of this, i.e stunted phone with actual buttons and joysticks for like £30-40 would fly off the shelves in some cases.

android and gaming console, you guys make me laugh ^^

and don't want to sound heartless but the XO-1 is not something that deserves a recognition as a piece of hardware (the OLPC program itself was a bit of a letdown as it is a really overpriced gadget for countries that actually NEED it)

if you want plain and simple gaming experience buy an old nintendo with a ******** of cartridges and stay away from anything that has an OS in need of hacking - of course i'm still interested in the price as android is free to the point you need to pay for the actual licences Google simply forget about... that is one sexy way to make an os and call it FREE

Morden said,
android and gaming console, you guys make me laugh ^^

and don't want to sound heartless but the XO-1 is not something that deserves a recognition as a piece of hardware (the OLPC program itself was a bit of a letdown as it is a really overpriced gadget for countries that actually NEED it)

if you want plain and simple gaming experience buy an old nintendo with a ******** of cartridges and stay away from anything that has an OS in need of hacking - of course i'm still interested in the price as android is free to the point you need to pay for the actual licences Google simply forget about... that is one sexy way to make an os and call it FREE

Yea, lets pay a lot of money for a old system and a bunch of cartridges. You also need several systems. With the PC, Android, and other platforms...you can get the emulators for FREE and download all the games for FREE and play them for FREE.

techbeck said,

Yea, lets pay a lot of money for a old system and a bunch of cartridges. You also need several systems. With the PC, Android, and other platforms...you can get the emulators for FREE and download all the games for FREE and play them for FREE.

yeah i can see how average joe is gonna configure emulators on android or pc for little joe to play golden axe... sooo propable scenario, if they build their market share on that assumption the product should just be canceled before production, don't waste that much plastic for another junk with android

Morden said,

yeah i can see how average joe is gonna configure emulators on android or pc for little joe to play golden axe... sooo propable scenario, if they build their market share on that assumption the product should just be canceled before production, don't waste that much plastic for another junk with android

Like anyone is going to spend the money on a bunch of consoles/games in this economy.

Like it is hard to configure an emulator. And yes, I know a lot of people who would take the little time it takes to configure a game here and there for their kids.

And I am off. Its obvious you are only intent on bashing Android. Have a good evening.

Morden said,

to play golden axe...

GoldenAxe. Wow that brings back memories. Final fight too. Loved those games.

I play them occasionally using xmame

Well make it powerful enough (it's not a phone after all) it would make a good streaming box and casual player. I can see it being a contender for Wii

Surprised it will only support free games and not games available on the Play Market. Some titles which have been ported to Android aren't the best, but they are cheap, and played on a machine that cheap surely they would be accepted by the type of consumer that would buy a cheap gaming machine. Plus, if the unit became popular gaming developers would begin to put more effort into porting games to android and find more indepth story lines etc.

MothBox said,
Surprised it will only support free games and not games available on the Play Market. Some titles which have been ported to Android aren't the best, but they are cheap, and played on a machine that cheap surely they would be accepted by the type of consumer that would buy a cheap gaming machine. Plus, if the unit became popular gaming developers would begin to put more effort into porting games to android and find more indepth story lines etc.

Free to play, probably with in-app purchases and ads.

farmeunit said,

Free to play, probably with in-app purchases and ads.

Give how cheap these games are there's no reason to even make it free. Paying a few dollars US for some of these shoot-em-ups, granted not full length versions like on the XBOX and PS, but all the same, they would soon come along if the platform took off.

Adverts in games makes me think of those Draw Something style games - what a crock.

If they target this somehow for young families that only require simple games (flash like) it will sell well. But if hacking is anywhere in a description, that may alienate the target crowd.

At least they trying new things in the market. See if it sticks. sometimes it does. sometimes it does not.

If it's small enough buy a few old console shells like the NES, SNES, and Genesis etc then find a bunch of broke games and replace the innards with a USB stick then do the time warp!

All I can see this being useful for is emulators. Hopefully that is what carries this system, as I'd love to have a decent sit-down console full of NES/SNES/N64 etc stuff.

devBrian said,
All I can see this being useful for is emulators. Hopefully that is what carries this system, as I'd love to have a decent sit-down console full of NES/SNES/N64 etc stuff.

For old Nintendo console, the Wii emulates it quite good. Old NES/SNES/N64 games and more can be bought in the wii store under the virtual console category.

If you don't want to pay for it, you can hack your wii quite easily (just do a quick google search). From there you can install Virtual Console games from WAD files (just do a quick torrent search and you can find a bunch of wads). There is also the WiiWares wich are third party games specifically built for the wii, some are quite good.

Wii consoles can be bought around $99 on sales wich is pretty much the sane price as the Ouya. For causual non-geek gamers, the Ouya can be interesting since games are free but the Wii have already a great bunch of games and big titles too and if you lern to hack the wii software, everything can be free. You see.

Have fun!

Titoeuf said,

For old Nintendo console, the Wii emulates it quite good. Old NES/SNES/N64 games and more can be bought in the wii store under the virtual console category.
;

You can do more than just Nintendo emulators. There are consoles like Sega and Atari as well that as far as I know, you cannot get on the Wii. Lot of classic sega/atari games that would be cool to play again as well as the nintendo

Titoeuf said,

For old Nintendo console, the Wii emulates it quite good. Old NES/SNES/N64 games and more can be bought in the wii store under the virtual console category.

If you don't want to pay for it, you can hack your wii quite easily (just do a quick google search). From there you can install Virtual Console games from WAD files (just do a quick torrent search and you can find a bunch of wads). There is also the WiiWares wich are third party games specifically built for the wii, some are quite good.

Wii consoles can be bought around $99 on sales wich is pretty much the sane price as the Ouya. For causual non-geek gamers, the Ouya can be interesting since games are free but the Wii have already a great bunch of games and big titles too and if you lern to hack the wii software, everything can be free. You see.

Have fun!


I should also mention that another reason hacked Virtual Console is better than regular Virtual Console because hacked Virtual Console can have every game for the systems it emulates...

MASTER260 said,

I should also mention that another reason hacked Virtual Console is better than regular Virtual Console because hacked Virtual Console can have every game for the systems it emulates...

Also, the point of WiiWare isn't 3rd party games, it's downloadable games that aren't classic ones like Virtual Console. Basically, WiiWare is the Wii's main game download service...

like this the nexus 7 is a good PSP/DS replacement.
I always thought why anyone wouldn't create a android based gaming console.
many games are free unlike DS/PSP and there are paid ones too..

still1 said,
like this the nexus 7 is a good PSP/DS replacement.
I always thought why anyone wouldn't create a android based gaming console.
many games are free unlike DS/PSP and there are paid ones too..

Sony is quite silent about this and say its a custom designed OS, however. Sometimes it feels like the PS Vita is running some completely reworked Android version

An interesting idea, but at that price point I'm guessing it's only likely to be good for casual gaming.

Javik said,
An interesting idea, but at that price point I'm guessing it's only likely to be good for casual gaming.

And with the games being free to play, what's in it for games publishers? I don't see this going anywhere.

M_Lyons10 said,

And with the games being free to play, what's in it for games publishers? I don't see this going anywhere.

Advertising.

M_Lyons10 said,

And with the games being free to play, what's in it for games publishers? I don't see this going anywhere.

I'm guessing as is the case with a lot of apps on Android they will provide them free but support them with advertising.

Javik said,

I'm guessing as is the case with a lot of apps on Android they will provide them free but support them with advertising.

Fair enough. I wasn't thinking along those lines, but that would make sense. I think given the option though I'd prefer to pay for the game than deal with the advertising... Hopefully that will be an option for people at some point.