There's been little to no mention of the Ouya console on these pages due to the console not being officially released or even more then just a Kickstarter dream. Today, Ouya CEO Julie Uhrman spoke with the Wallstreet Journal and announced the console is not only coming out, but gave a price and a vague release date.
The small box console, which is Android based, will come in priced at $99.99. That price gets you the tiny cube console and a controller to play games. Extra controllers will cost you $49.99.
Those people who donated money to the Kickstarter fund will get their Ouya consoles as early as March. Those who pre-order the consoles now in various stores will get them in April. The officially public launch of the console will take place in June. Amazon, Best Buy, Target and Gamestop are currently taking pre-orders for the system.
"We don't need to beat Xbox or Sony or any console that enters the marketplace. We need to carve out our own niche. Ouya offers a very different value proposition to the gaming you can currently experience. It's a box designed specifically for the television that leverages the screen, we support 3D gaming, HD, we support the controller, we added a touchpad to the controller. The kind of content you'll see on Ouya, it'll be inventive and creative and has never been on the television," said Uhrman.
It'll be interesting to see how many people jump on the Ouya bandwagon and if it can create it's own space in the crowded console landscape. It's easy to say the console will be a niche item, but there's a chance this could catch on. Sure, OnLive didn't, but Ouya could.
The Ouya will launch officially in June, 2013.