The OUYA Android Game console project that aimed at raising $950,000 in funding broke the record by raising over $3 million within just 24 hours after it was started. Their fundraising goal has passed the $3 million mark although the project still has 28 days to go to collect more funds. It is likely that the OUYA console project will beat the current title holder the Pebble’s record which funded over 10 million on Kickstarter. It also means that the OUYA project will most likely be as successful in the market and may just offset the balance of the dominance of Sony, Microsoft and Wii in the console market.
The OUYA console features an NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB flash storage, an HDMI output port, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities and one USB 2.0 port. The console will also come bundled with a company designed and developed controller but one can acquire another controller at an extra $30. For a total price of $99, the hardware on the OUYA console seems like an unbeatable deal.
One thing that may be selling the OUYA console like hot cake is the fact that it will run on Android 4.0 operating system and is built on a solid foundation although most expect that the console’s operating system will be upgradable to the latest update 4.1. The operating system UI is designed to be just like TV interface and is very different from stock android interface. Another factor is that it will be easy for developers to adapt even existing tablet and phone games for the consoles with minimal tweaks.
Another feature most users are looking forward to is the fact that the OUYA console will feature free-to-play games and applications. Since OUYA is meant to be a completely open system to anyone to add their games – a major advantage over existing consoles such as the Xbox and PS3 which are literally closed for almost every developer outside the top gaming companies.
To support this project, head on the Kickstarter OUYA console project site and help increase their funding and chance of success by ordering the console for between $95 and $99. The consoles are expected to be available in March 2013.