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Ouya Completes Successful Kickstarter, Generates $8.6M to Build Consoles

By Katrina Canlas - on 10 Aug 2012, 2:03pm

Ouya Completes Successful Kickstarter, Generates $8.6M to Build Consoles

With a humble goal of only US$950,000, Ouya has successfully generated a whopping US$8.6 million through a kickstarter, which makes it the second highest earning in the website's history. Generating more than 905% of their goal, Ouya can now start building their futuristic gaming consoles, using an open source technology on a modified Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Ouya is founded by Julie Uhrman, a games industry veteran. The design team is led by Yves Behar and the product manager is Muffi Ghadiali who is responsible for forming the engineering team for the development of the console.

Ouya's gaming console is expected to be around the size of a Rubik's cube.

Ouya plans to have its own Ouya Store where apps and games will be made available for purchase and download. It plans to include a TwitchTV application and give access to an OnLive video game streaming. 

The Ouya gaming console is designed such that it can be opened easily using a screwdriver for future hardware tweaks and add-ons. All components can be considered as development kits, which lets any Ouya owner to be a gamer and a developer as well without paying for licensing fees.

Many think that the Ouya Store might be a vulnerable target for piracy but founder Uhrman believes that the time-of-purchase authentication system on the store will be enough to protect developers. Games for the Ouya console are required to have certain free-to-play form, which makes some games completely free while others may have free trials then require a some payment for the full version. Other games may even have paid upgrades or other paid in-game tools. Ouya gaming consoles are expected to roll out the market by March 2013.

Source: Ars Technica