Feb 07 AT 7:18 PM Dustin Earley 20 Comments

Game console Ouya will follow a yearly release cycle

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The list of what Ouya will share with traditional gaming consoles grew shorter today, after an interview with Ouya CEO Julie Uhrman revealed that the Android-based video game console will follow a yearly release cycle, with complete backwards compatibility.

Where traditional consoles may only see one refresh every five to seven years, a new Ouya will be released once every year. As technology quickly evolves around us, components are continually falling in price. This year, an Ouya with a Tegra 3 processor (which is being managed directly by Nvidia to ensure maximum utilization) and 8GB of internal storage may make sense at $99. But next year it will feel dated. By following a yearly release cycle with Ouya, consumers will always have access to the latest technology at an affordable price.

For those of you who think a new console every year is unnecessary, to put it into perspective: Xbox Live Gold, which is necessary to fully utilize your Xbox’s online capabilities, runs anywhere from $10 to $6 a month depending on how much time your purchase at once. To buy a new Ouya every year, you’ll spend an equivalent of $8 a month. And that will include complete backwards compatibility, since purchases are tied to an account, not hardware, and full online access.

Ouya will be available for purchase this summer, online and at retailers like GameStop and Target.

Source: Engadget

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • Michael C

    I truly, sincerely hope they are not biting off more than they can chew.

    • SGB101

      If it has the play store this will be getting XBMC installed and will have a spot under some of my tvs.

      • SGB101

        Not that XBMC is even in the store dho!

        But still make a great gaming come media streamer.

      • Adam

        Ouya have already stated support for XBMC so you’re covered. That, netflix, radio apps, emulation apps and some mobile games that are actually a lot of fun and aren’t available on PC make this a no brainer for me.

        • SGB101

          Year I’ve got XBMC frodo, on my note2 . It’s really meant for tablets, but looks good on the note.


  • Max.Steel

    Wow. Not old news or anything.

  • Winston

    Ouya already obsolete after one year? Stupid console. Buy 360.

  • donger

    Question is are mobile games pushing the hardware enough to justify purchasing a new console every year? Are game developers utilizing all the available hardware for their games?

  • Mil

    If you factor in the money you might get from selling your old OUYA then it works out even cheaper than $8 a month.

    • virexed

      This ^. What they need to do is have some trade in program.

      • eggwolio

        @BetterWithRoot According to the email GameStop sent to stores with tips for getting Ouya preorders, the system supports up to four controllers. I would sincerely hope that means yes tip local multiplayer.

  • Adam

    This device isn’t going to threaten Microsoft, Nintendo or Sony … not for a while yet. The hardware just isn’t there. Roku and the like on the other hand could be in trouble. Stop thinking of this as a device that’s trying to compete for your XBOX’s place. This is a device for the OTHER TV’s in your house. XBMC, Netflix, Emulators, other apps and a handful of impressive mobile games that aren’t available on PC or Console. Not to mention the open nature for indie devs who are shunned en masse by the major console makers.

    All at a price point that’s clearly gunning for impulse-buy territory. It sure makes the refresh cycle of the hardware seem not so bad. It costs a fraction of what a major console costs and is comparable to a Roku or an Apple TV.

  • Daniel

    Does anyone know if it (http://goo.gl/5x1s9) really will deliver until June?

  • mike

    So in a let’s say 5 year time span the ps 4 will be even cheaper than this Ouya.

  • heetskore

    We’re already buying new cell phones every time a better model comes out. what’s the difference? About $500.

  • jonstle

    A 1 year release cycle seems a bit fast to me but other industries have proven it can work on similarly priced products. I hope they are successful.

  • Gavin

    That’s a lot of electronics destined for landfill… are they going to offer some kind of recycling program with that?