Ouya Android game console selling out in some retail outlets

Ouya, the small game console that runs on Android and costs $99, started life as a Kickstarter campaign. In 2012, the campaign topped out at $8.6 million raised. Ouya started shipping the first consoles to its Kickstarter backers in March and today, the console officially went on sale to the general public.

However, it looks like demand for the console is already exceeding supply in some places. Posts on the Ouya Twitter account today indicate that Amazon in both the US and UK have sold out of their units, along with Target.

Unfortunately, it appears that some people who paid for their Ouya console several months ago, as part of the Kickstarter campaign, have yet to receive their units as promised. Kotaku reports that, in a message meant for Kickstarter backers only, Ouya founder Julie Uhrman said that she was "pissed" about this situation and apologized for not getting the consoles out to all Kickstarter backers.

Uhrman blamed their unnamed distribution partner for not sending out the remaining Kickstarter Ouya units to their customers, saying, "We paid for shipping, yet the deliveries remain incomplete." She added that it could be another two weeks, or even more, for some of those consoles to arrive.

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I got one as part of the Kickstarter project. Its actually pretty awesome, but it falls short in many aspects compared to what I expected.

- The GUI is very slow and choppy, also the menu sounds are messed.
- Not many games as of yet but its only just been released so thats understandable.
- Need a download manager console, current way is not great.
- XBMC runs fine but playing some MKV's it can't handle even though I've got Gigabit network.

It has many positives to go with that though, I'm sure reviews of the console will explain more. For the money I think it was worth it, I love the controllers and the size of it is great! Perfect little HTPC and fun games console.

sviola said,
So, how many consoles were available at the retailers that are sold out?

Handfuls probably.

Doubt stores have hundreds of them stocked up.

Trollercoaster said,

Handfuls probably.

Doubt stores have hundreds of them stocked up.

Still probably more than stock they had of Surface tablets.

ahhell said,
Ouya saying that Ouya is selling out.
Seems legit.

Lol true, like MSFT saying Windows 8 is flying off the shelves, but we know better, right?

This console can become a force to reckon with in the future. I believe this console is built with the smartphone games in mind, plus the media to boot and the price is cheap. With that they can corner the casual gamers and smartphone consumers. Smartphone developers can easily make money from this - if they can lure the developers.

While, I do not see that the console will eventually move into Xbox and PS4 type games anytime in the future, and it this becomes successful, it will be the one console that Microsoft wanted Xbox One to become - downloadable media without DRM.

While i think it is one of the better attempts at a new console. I still think this time next year we'll all be "ouya who?".

Still having it run XBMC could be nice.

I hear that a jailbroken Apple TV 2 runs XBMC reasonably well. And you can find them <$75 these days. Limited to 720p output though. Too bad there still isn't a jailbreak for Apple TV 3 (that I know of).

Raspberry Pi is ok but spec wise it is lacking. I have had XBMC run on my Pi and it isn't exactly the smoothest of rides.

blaming distribution partners, LOL. that's their own fault for choosing them. that's the difference in quality and support when buying items from small no namers vs bigger companies.

vcfan said,
blaming distribution partners, LOL. that's their own fault for choosing them. that's the difference in quality and support when buying items from small no namers vs bigger companies.

Didn't MSFT have distribution issues as well when the Surface first came out? So much for those who trusted the 'bigger company'.

recursive said,

Didn't MSFT have distribution issues as well when the Surface first came out? So much for those who trusted the 'bigger company'.

thats not even what im talking about. theres a difference between having distribution,and having competent distribution.

InsaneNutter said,

I was impressed, XBMC on my Ouya streamed 1080p video flawlessly from my home server. The Ouya controller works quite well with XBMC too.

You need to use the experimental hardware video decoding builds - http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?tid=152005

I had a look on youtube after posting that comment, and yeah, it does look a lot better than I was lead to believe. Considering getting one now

Still not seeing the point of this console (none of the games seem interesting), but for $99, it's in the impulse buy territory for me. I'll keep an eye out for interesting titles on this. In the mean time, I have my PC and Xbox 360 for games and media consumption.

You get your $99 worth, but so far it's unable to play emulator software which would have probably been it's biggest asset. Also they say they are open but the HDMI has HDCP enabled with no way to turn it off.

Gaffney said,
but so far it's unable to play emulator software which would have probably been it's biggest asset.

Emulators work fine on it, see a list of all the working ones here - http://ouyaforum.com/showthrea...YA-Which-are-your-favorites

The main problem is if you load the Ouya up and look on the Ouya store everything was rubbish when i looked a few weeks ago, however you can side load what you want, even an Android launcher.

I think its a great device, however sadly to someone who knows nothing about Android it will probably not make a great first impression.

It doesn't run very well is more what I meant, lots of the games are buggy or have performance issues. There are better options out there at the minute for emulators.