Today it was announced that the Android powered video game console, the OUYA, will be available through several retailers. Back in August the Ouya became the latest wake-up call for the video game industry. With more than 63,000 backers, the Kickstarter project ended its one-month campaign and raised an astonishing $8.5 million. Now major retailers such as Amazon, Gamestop, Target and Best Buy are accepting pre-orders for the official June launch. Customers can soon experience the OUYA as soon as these retailers set up a demo box.
During an interview with the Wall Street Journal, OUYA CEO Julie Uhrman commented on how the OUYA provides a completely different experience from an Xbox 360 or Playstation console.
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
The console comes with one wireless bluetooth controller, 1GB RAM, Wi-Fi, HDMI cable, and 8GB of internal flash storage all for $99.99. You may order an additional controller for $49.99 more.