Ouya: Kickstarter ends!
OUYAs Kickstarter has ended on a massive $8,596,475 from 63,416 backers, that’s 9 times as much as their $950,000 starting goal. The project saw a last day boost going from $7 million to the whopping $8.6 million in the final 24 hours. Though I guess that isn’t surprising as the open source console completely obliterated its goal within 7 hours of launching on July 10th, making it the most successful Kickstarter launch day ever.
White knuckle ride!
It was a wild ride of pledges and updates, though they didn’t slow down on the last couple of days. Team Ouya were clearly quite eager to get all the information out there, presumably in the hopes of having the last minute boost – which worked.
Previously on OUYA…
On the month long fundraiser there were quite a few updates. Square Enix announced that they will be throwing themselves into the ring and releasing Final Fantasy 3 as a launch title. Robotoki confirmed the Human Element prequel. U4iA’s FPS “Offensive Combat” and games streaming service OnLive joined the carnival from the gaming corner. Team Ouya didn’t stop just at games, continuing to announce a partnership with iHeart radio and Vevo for those of us with a taste for media (for more early update details, see Ouya: The Lowdown).
And now the continuation…
At 54 hours to go they took the time to celebrate all of the backers of the project and assure them that their money is going to a good place:
At 38 hours was where the meat started to arrive, quite a few strong announcements for the system. Firstly, they announced that they would be working with award winner XBMC to provide an open-source media player – something that backers have been howling for since day 1. This also answered backers requests for something more international:
Next up on the slab, a partnership with TuneIn – an international radio service. Again, international was the key word here as the services OUYA announced previously were mostly for the U.S. Here’s the announcement:
It’s not the size that matters… well, maybe
The last two updates for 38 hours were relatively small but as the saying goes, good things come in small packages! A couple of new pictures of the system and controller with some wonderful model hands for scaling purposes. Team Ouya insisted that they were eager to answer questions about size.
They announced that after the kickstarter is over, all future information about OUYA can be found on their new website – ouya.tv – which is currently up and running. Here it seems you can pre-order a non-kickstarter OUYA slated for delivery April 2013, just a month later than the backers version. The prices are pretty much the same:
United States pricing with shipping:
International pricing with shipping:
15 hours left!
This marks the last update on the kickstarter page and covered a lot of topics. Including (again) that they have lots of talks behind the scenes that they are not allowed to announce yet:
Though they did manage to announce that NAMCO BANDAI are in active discussions about bringing all their big guns to the console. Team Ouya proceeded to ask readers to visit either Namcos’ or Ouyas’ Facebook page to cast a vote on any games you’d like to see.
After the XMBC partnership, there were a lot of backers craving Plex support so team Ouya got themselves in gear and announced that Plex will also be arriving on OUYA.
Last, but certainly not least is the announcement that OUYA will support up to 4 controllers. The amount of controllers that the box supports wasn’t covered in any information handed out by team Ouya, and there has been a lot of questions about how many controllers the system would support. So, it’s definitely good that as part of their last update they covered those concerns.
And now the conclusion…
It looks like the OUYA is shaping up to not only be a great environment for gamers but also quite a sexy little media hub. In today’s world, where we want everything in one place, this can only be a good sign for usability and lifespan. I have to say that even though OUYA has had a lot of support from some reasonably big names, there is still a long way to go. There are many big names still out there that haven’t jumped on the bandwagon and I really hope that they are just waiting in the wings with only their legal teams being in the way. Then again, there is a long time to go until March 2013 when it releases to the Kickstarter backers, let’s hope they have many more fantastic announcements between now and then.
So, tell us, what do you think? Did you snap one up in the Kickstarter? Are you waiting until it retails? Or are you letting it pass you by? Let us know in the comments section below!
If you’re interested in reading more about OUYA, you can find all the details in our article here: Ouya: The Lowdown