The developers behind OUYA, an Android-based game console, set an ambitious goal of $950,000 for their month-long Kickstarter campaign. By the time it was over, they’d raised nearly $8.6 million.
The $8,596,475 pledged by 63,416 people between July 10 and August 9, 2012, represents an amount nine times as large as the fundraising goal. The project took just one day to hit its goal, but money continued to pour in from gamers eager to pre-order their own consoles.
OUYA is the brainchild of Julie Uhrman, who has previously worked at Vivendi Universal, IGN, and GameFly. On the final day of the Kickstarter campaign, she shared the news that they and NAMCO BANDAI were “in active discussions” to work together on games for the console. NAMCO BANDAI holds intellectual property like PAC-MAN, GALAGA, and Ridge Racer. Square Enix has also announced that it will provide a launch title, Final Fantasy 3.
In addition to games, OUYA will run multimedia apps like iHeartRadio, XBMC, OnLive, and Plex. Although it runs Android, most Android apps would need to be specifically ported to the console in order to work with its wireless game controller rather than a touchscreen.
The OUYA console will take the shape of a small cube with rounded edges. Its system specifications are as follows:
Those who contributed to the Kickstarter campaign should receive consoles in March 2013. The consoles are now available for pre-order on a separate site, ouya.tv, for $109 inside the United States, with an expected delivery date of April 2013.
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