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Ouya ends Kickstarter funding run with $8.6 million pledged

9 August 2012

Ouya consoleThe open source Android based gaming console easily smashed its target, raising over $7.5 million more than  its original value of $950,000 at close of campaign.

The Ouya is a Android powered console, but differs from other consoles in the fact that it is an ‘open’ environment and platform for developers and hobbyists to create games and add-ons. Doing the same for Xbox, Playstation Nintendo etc needs permission from the console makers, plus some fees just to get started. Ouya say that there will be no licensing fees, retail fees or publishing fees but rather it is all open source hardware and software, making it more accessible for developers. The funding round began July 10 and they were able to beat the initial target within just 7 hours, a record still at Kickstarter.

Now that the Kickstarter campaign is over Ouya is taking pre-orders for the device for $109 for one console and one controller. Backers who pledged more than $95 will get the same for the orignal price. One console and two controllers are $139 and plus another two controllers the price becomes $199, which includes $10 delivery charge. International orders will be $10 more for each package and $20 for shipping. Pre-ordering can be done from the company’s website.

Ouya Android Console

Ouya have taken on board some partners recently who will be developing games and apps for the device with the first expected game to be released on Ouya only is a prequel to Robert Bowling’s Human Element. Namco Bandai Games being the latest to be joining in with the device. Speaking of the parntership, Carlson Choi, vice president of marketing for Namco Bandai Games America, said in a statement that, “Namco Bandai Games and Ouya are currently in active discussions to bring some of the world’s biggest gaming properties to the exciting new open gaming platform. Namco Bandai brings with it a rich history of iconic gaming franchises, from classics like Pac-Man and Galaga, to seminal franchises like Tekken and Ridge Racer, and we’re excited to explore how we can work with Ouya to bring some great titles to the forthcoming console.” Two days ago Ouya announced that XBMC will be making a version of their popular media player available for the new console. Other app devs’ include InTune, iHeartRadio and Vevo, and game developers Square Enix and OnLive. Ouya are now busy at getting the actual hardware production in place and good supply chain. Backers of the device will be waiting to see what and soon it happens, but as of yet there is no set schedule.

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