Ouya has made quite a stir over the past few days: it’s a proposed games console which will be powered by Android and retail for only $99, promising to bring indie games to gamers’ television sets. As it says on its Kickstarter campaign page, the idea is to “wave farewell to the roadblocks of bringing a console game to market”.
There have been negative reactions as well as positive, notably as some have doubted that the $99 price point will remain as the devices makes it to retail. Craig Rothwell from the Pandora handheld project has gone as far to suggest that gamers might be suckered into a subscription plan of some kind in a piece published by Pocket Gamer.
Regardless, the Ouya team, who were originally seeking only $950,000 in funding over a thirty-day campaign, have raised $4,060,830 from 31,599 individuals as of time of publication, with twenty-seven days left in the campaign. Some of these pledges serve as pre-orders for the console, with an estimated delivery of March 2013.
You can find out more about the Ouya console on its Kickstarter campaign page here. The console can be “pre-ordered” for $99, at which price a wireless controller is included; international shipping costs an extra $20, while an additional controller costs another $30.