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Ouya Android Gaming Console Up Close And Personal

Last week the dev console versions of Ouya began shipping out to Kickstarter investors. This Android gaming console which is expected to ship out in March for $99 is quite unique since it is a crowd funded project which has its roots over at Kickstarter. A total of 1,200 units were shipped out and some game developers have already given their initial impressions on the device.

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The dev console version isn’t the final product yet and is a limited edition run aimed at developers.  The contents of the package includes

  • Jet-black OUYA Devs package — “Thanks for believing”
  • Official Developer Welcome Letter
  • One frosted translucent OUYA Dev Console
  • A Micro-USB port, for your computer-hooking-up pleasure.
  • Two frosted translucent OUYA Dev Controllers
  • Batteries included
  • HDMI cable
  • Micro-USB cable
  • Power adapter

The console and controllers are frosted translucent which will set it apart from the final version.

The overall UI is clean and easy to navigate. No games are present in this version although a web browser is installed. The browser seemed to be pretty fast and loaded up a low quality YouTube video well. Playing an HD video on the other hand takes a long time to load and buffering issues were encountered.

Game developer CodeGameZombies made an in depth review of the Ouya over at YouTube. They tested out their own game called Deadly Dungeons which they were able to play on the console even if the game was designed for touch based devices. One minor problems encountered was that the controller didn’t support some of the game mechanics. The Android menu button was not present while the touchpad on the controller was not responsive enough. Since this is still a dev console we’re pretty sure the company will iron out this minor issues once the consumer version will be released.

Ouya Technical Specifications

Console

  • Quad Core Tegra 3 processor
  • 1 GB LPDDR2 RAM
  • 8 GB on-board flash
  • HDMI connection to the TV at 1080p HD
  • Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
  • Bluetooth LE 4.0
  • Enclosure opens with standard screws

Controller

  • Wireless with 2.4Ghz RF
  • Standard game controls (two analog sticks, d-pad, eight action buttons, a system button)
  • Touchpad
  • 2x AA batteries
  • Enclosure opens with standard screws

OS and software

  • Android 4.0
  • Custom TV UI
  • Integrated custom game store
  • SDK for game development
  • Ability to root device without voiding warranty

If you are interested in getting this Android game console then you can pre-order it now at the company website.

via pcmag