Announced in a press release, Ouya, the Android-based home video game console, is now a part of Razer, the peripheral company who has had an interest in Android for some time now. As a part of the acquisition, Ouya’s CEO is now gone and Ouya hardware is officially dead. Razer apparently saw value in Ouya not for its hardware but for its software and distribution channels.
While the Ouya Store will be re-launched as Cortex for Android TV, Razer does plan on still releasing some software under the Ouya moniker. As for current Ouya owners, Razer has a plan on action in the works:
In the near future, Razer will be providing existing OUYA users with a clear path of migration to the more advanced Forge TV micro-console and Serval controller bundle. Razer’s intention is to allow OUYA users to bring their games, controllers, and accounts to the Cortex TV platform on the Forge micro-console, advancing the experience of Android gaming on TV that they have previously enjoyed. Additionally, Razer is planning deep product discounts for incoming OUYA users to purchase Razer hardware, and a spate of freebies, giveaways, and promotions to enjoy on their new Forge consoles.RazerOuya acquisition announcement
It’ll be interesting to see what Razer is able to do with Ouya as Android TV matures. Razer is ready to make the commitment, hopefully it will pay off.