Web Users Rush To Fund $99 Android Console
Ouya project secures $950k funding in a matter of hours...
A 'hackable' Android-based games console with a planned retail price of $99 has come a step closer to reality after crowdsourcing its funding within hours.
Named Ouya, the budget gaming project excited users of the Kickstarter crowdfunding website so much that the $950k target was reached on the first day of its listing.
The console has an ambitious launch target of the first quarter of 2012 and its technical specification includes a quad-core Tegra 3 processor, 1GB of memory, 8GB of internal flash storage, an HDMI connection (allowing up to 1080p HD), 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth LE 4.0, USB 2.0 and a wireless controller.
Ouya's chief executive Julie Uhrman told The Guardian: "We think we're really going to disrupt the console market. It's inexpensive, all the games will be free to play, and it's open to any developer that wants to make a game for the TV.
"We've seen a lot of developers leave triple-A console development shops and do mobile gaming, which is why a lot of the creative and exciting games are going to mobile platforms.
"Yet TV is still the best screen: the number one platform if you survey gamers. It's where the majority of gameplay happens and the majority of dollars are spent, and it's the best screen, from its HD quality to surround sound to that lean-back communal experience. We want to bring games back to the television."
The team behind the project are actively encouraging users to tinker with the hardware, saying that 'rooting' the device will not void its warranty.