Posted Dec 28, 2012 at 9:58 am in Threads > News

The next great gaming console???

With the developer consoles being shipped (unboxing video link below), I was wondering how many people bought into Kickstarter. It obviously seems like an awesome idea and can’t get over how small the thing is!! What do you want, or expect/hope to get from it.

Personally, I’m extremely excited for this. If this can take off as a legitimate gaming console not only will it give everyone the opportunity for a great console at a cheap price but this could be HUGE for the entire Android community!

What are your thoughts?!

  • decker

    Thank you for posting this.

  • decker

    Having an Android console will further development on the android platform.

  • kazahani

    I would file this under “old news” unless they’ve gotten a major game studio to commit.

    There just aren’t enough console-quality games that can be played multiplayer available on Android yet. For goodness sake we just got GTA 3. I think Ouya cuold be a step in the right direction, but unless they get major publishers on board (Ubisoft, EA, Rockstar) they will never steal market share away from Sony/Microsoft/Nintendo.

    • epps720

      I realize nothing huge was announced but I wouldn’t say it’s old news. I think it’s a big step to see that they are beginning to make good w/their Kickstarter and sending out these Developer consoles.

      I agree with the lack of accessibility for multiplayer but that is mainly due to the inability to effectively play them on smartphones/tablets. I agree that we do need a major publisher to jump on board and I would guess that EA may be their best shot. I am no developer but would think adding multiplayer to their current sports games may be the easiest to implement.

  • Teebor

    I would have loved to get in on this but I just didn’t have the monet at the time.

    I’m glad to see that they are getting the units out to people now though

    I’m planning to pick one up when it goes on general release

    • epps720

      I’m curious to see what price point this will come out at. I believe Kickstarter had it at $99, so I’m guessing maybe the $150 range for it.

      • decker

        Actually they plan on keeping the price point 99 for initial release.

        • epps720

          Awesome b/c I held off on the initial backing. Still a little hesitant with the whole Kickstarter thing

  • Roderick Cross

    Might get one once development takes off.

  • jonstle

    Looks exciting…. Lots of potential there lets hope it pans out!

  • thymeless

    I’ve never understood the appeal of consoles.

    “Let’s commit to a hardware model that will be obsolete when shipped and will be outdated and overpriced for the life of the product.” Users can’t change anything in it. It’s perfect”

    Be nice if it brings more apps to the Android world though.

  • NamelessTed

    So, I was definitely skeptical of the OUYA when it was first big news, and I still think it is going to have some serious problems and won’t likely be hugely successful beyond its initial release, but I am a bit excited to see what happens with it.

    The biggest reason this thing is cool is because of how open they are with it. It is as open-source as you can get in terms of both software and hardware. They let you open the thing up and play with it, and anybody can develop software for it. One thing I have been looking at are Google TV devices, and while cheap and cool on their own, they are totally closed. I think OUYA is just using the games as a launch point but there should be a huge world of software developers out there that will be able to use the system for anything they want. It is a sweet piece of hardware for $100.

    My biggest worry about it though is the hardware. The mobile world is growing so rapidly that the Tegra 3 chipset that it uses is almost out of date as soon as the units will actually go on sale. It sounds like we will have a tablet and/or other devices with Tegra 4 by Summer 2013. It has 3x the CPU power and 6x the GPU power. It is a HUGE leap from the Tegra 3. So will OUYA release a ver 2 within 6 months? Or will they have to wait a year or so to jump on Tegra 5?

    All I can say is that I am really excited to see how it does. I really do hope it succeeds.

    • epps720

      I agree, really wish they could have gotten the Tegra 4 chip in this but they obviously don’t have the time to. Hopefully they’ll update it within the next year for the same price point.

      Being that this console is so small, I think it would be awesome if they could find a way that instead of upgrading the whole system if they could just sell the board inside. It would need to be extremely easy to do so that the normal everyday person could replace themselves for a fraction of the price. That would definitely cut down on the costs of systems and make it much more attractive for buyers.

  • sandy105

    i know that a majority of people arent on tegra devices .
    but being a nexus 7 user ,i must admit some games have amazed me.
    shadowgun thd,dead trigger ,bards tale and the new demon’s score are remarkable.
    and the ports gta 3 ,vice city,hamilton’s great adventure,zombie driver thd,max payne,

    and all this runs quite smoothly too.
    its a nice experience.
    of course without the portablity and touch controls it doesnt make sense.
    and as a console i dont see much promise