Ouya, a US-based startup, plans to take its Android-based gaming console to Kickstarter for funding. It plans to rejuvenate the TV gaming console scene by pricing its system cheap, which will cost less than $100, and offer interested developers a truly open-source platform to showcase their wares!
The Ouya is an Android-based open-source console that is powered by a Tegra 3 quad-core processor. It features 1GB of system RAM and 8GB of internal flash storage. The device uses a wireless controller with standard controls (two analog sticks, d-pad, eight action buttons, and a system button) coupled with a touchpad. Yves Behar was the designer behind the console and its controller. His famous design brainchildren include the Jawbone Jambox and the One Laptop per Child portable.
Ouya encourages hackers to have a go at their gaming console and the startup even supports users who root the device. As for developers, Ouya states that the console is open to them as long as a portion of the gameplay on their wares is available without any charges to the end user.
Ouya has taken their potentially disruptive gaming concept to Kickstarter for funding. As of now, its maiden project has already surpassed its initial goal of US$950,000, with 29 days to go. The console is expected to be less than US$100 and could be available by March 2013.