Can The Android-Powered Ouya Get In Sony And Microsoft's Way?
Are you looking at serious competition for The Big 3?
According to new leaks via The Verge, a mystery home console is in development, and it'll boast a "focus on free gaming."
Apparently, "Ouya" will operate on the Android platform and only run you $99. The interesting part is that it's easily "hackable" and in fact, it sounds like fiddling around with the hardware is encouraged. "Even the underlying hardware is 'built to be hacked'—every customer who buys a retail box will get a dev kit in the bargain, the site claims." The design has been put forth by Yves Béhar, who was responsible for the look of the One Laptop Per Child computer, and other industry vets are on board, including ex-IGN executive Julie Uhrman and former Xbox boss Ed Fries.
So what else can we expect from this thing? And will you want it sitting alongside your other game consoles? At only a hundred bucks, it could definitely pose a problem, especially if the new systems hit $500 or more. Then again, if you have little confidence in the technical capability of Ouya, and still believe the new PlayStation and Xbox will offer the pinnacle of interactive entertainment, you may not care.
7/4/2012 10:00:33 AM Ben Dutka