As I mentioned in a previous article, Ouya started as a Kickstarter program. The original goal was to gain $950,000 in backing but in 31 days of seeking support it generated $8,596,474 in funding from 63,416 people. I guess it is safe to assume that console gaming is from over.
For $99 you get the Ouya game console, a wireless controller, the power adapter, a HDMI cable, and two AA batteries. The operating system is powered by Android 4.1.2, and comes with 8 GB of internal flash storage. It has a micro and a regular USB port and 1GB of RAM. The controller connects via Bluetooth and weighs 9.7 oz.
The Ouya console is a "downloadable system." That is to say the only hardware is the system and controller itself. By connecting to the internet one can download games and save them on the system and/or back the files up on external hard-drives. The games appear in the "Play" menu where they can be downloaded. All games offer a free demo but ultimately a person is pushed into buying the game.
Free downloads are available and can be queued up in the "Discover Page." But what about the games? The menu (as I have read) is a bit unorganized. Games that are recently played do show up in sight though. A handful of games can be downloaded in minutes, many of which are titles that we may have never heard of. Notable titles do include: Sonic the Hedgehog 4 and Final Fantasy 3.
Basically, this system is great for the casual gamer. It isn't expensive and gives the player a lot of options for down-loadable games. It seems that Ouya has found a way to put console gaming back into the living rooms for a decent price. The idea is simple, sit down, turn on the machine, and play.