Ouya, the company responsible for the very successful Android console Kickstarter, has announced they have had product delays. The Ouya console was expected to come early June, but this has been pushed back to June 25.
Ouya still is confident they can get all consoles out to backers who paid for the Kickstarter project out before May and have them in the hands before June.
This has been one of the largest Kickstarter campaigns on record, for a small startup like Ouya, developing and shipping around 60,000 consoles has been a behemoth of a task.
Controller problems may be one of the main reasons behind the delay, with Ouya and backers experiencing sticking buttons on the controller that become jammed.
Ouya has apparently addressed the problem by simply making the button holes bigger, therefore alleviating the problem, the company states all backer units will have this issue addressed from here on out.
Early reviews of the Ouya were pretty poor and CEO Julie Uhrman has hit back saying they are still in a development stage and the Ouya should be considered a work in progress until June 25.
We expect Ouya to update the Android console every year and add software updates every few months, right now the Ouya’s biggest need is good developers and great games, something currently lacking.
BlueStacks is a startup that has been bringing Android apps to Mac and PC has announced that it has passed the 10 million user milestone, since Ouya has gained much ground via the crowd funding website Kickstarter BlueStacks is retaliating to show that they are the top dogs in this space.
BlueStacks has brought more than 750 thousand Android apps to Mac, PC and TV’s along with its own games console coupled with a subscription service. BlueStacks are offering a package called ‘GamePop‘ which is $6.99 per month for the service for this you get; a custom console and controller for free. The free console is only available until the end of May when the offer ends, after then BlueStacks plan to add pricing options to the console.
Limited Time Only
If you’re the kind of gamer that wouldn’t mind trying out Android as a gaming medium then this packages is definitely value for money, you can pre-order the GamePop package right now; you better hurry though this deal ends in may. The consoles of the other hand don’t ship till this winter so it’s a nice christmas present for all of you early shoppers.
Since this console is fairly new they expect it to be popping up in stores next year. Hot on the heels of Ouya’s success. BlueStacks revealed the service along with the console at the game developers conference (GDC), this allowed developers to take a look at the specs and the SDK for the service. The design is of the console is much like the Boxee box made by D-Link, they console has been valuated at under $100 around about the same as the Ouya.
Developers and Partnerships
Unlike BlueStacks model, Ouya will sell you the console for $99 and they say all of there games will be free to try. Ouya has had more than 12,00 developers sign up to develop for the platform, 4,000 have signed up in the last two months. Ouya has also went through the conventional distribution routes of the game stores and the supermarkets like BestBuy and Gamestop; where as BlueStacks are yet to make those links for distribution.
BlueStack announced there GamePop service along side their App Player software for devices running Windows 8 back in February, this means that BlueStacks software will be preloaded onto over 100 million devices. The 100 million devices is down to BlueStacks partnerships with AMD, Asus and Lenovo.
Source – TechCrunch
Guitar hero co-creator Charles Huang is coming up with a whole new idea that would further exploit the booming industry of mobile gaming.
Huang, the CEO and co-founder of Green Throttle Games, is working out a wireless controller that turns mobile devices into a virtual game console enabling users to play their favorite iOS or Android games right on their televisions.
In an interview with Venture Beat, Huang stated he wants to provide people a simple yet entertaining alternative to traditional gaming platforms, which has struggled commercially since the emergence of mobile games.
“Mobile gaming is exploding, and new smart devices are becoming powerful alternatives to traditional consoles,” said Huang. “We just need a simple and fun way for people to play games both on the go and on the couch. Our mission is to create great game experiences that bring people together — a big-screen experience where you can just start playing games on a television, as simple as that.”
However, even before their launching of their product, Green Throttle Games has already seen competition from companies like Ouya and Power A, which offers distinctively similar products.
Major players in the video gaming industry like Sony (PlayStation), Microsoft (XBOX), Nintendo, Electronic Arts, and Activision Blizzard haven’t made any move to capitalize on the robust mobile gaming business, but analyst said these companies are just waiting for the right time to make their much-awaited transition.
Huang said his company won’t back down from competition as they soon offer software development kits for developers and plans to hook up with game companies to develop games with multi-player feature.
“We want to change the phone into a full console experience so you can enjoy first-person shooter games and racing games,” he said. “You don’t need the game console for that. We are reimagining games for the living room.”
This the year of the Ouya. Alright, that’s not a definite, but is highly possible.
Consoles are great. I love the PlayStation 3 because of the exclusive titles it has, likewise with the Xbox 360. I’ll definitely be getting the next one when the next-gen consoles come out, but maybe you aren’t entirely on board with that idea. Maybe you are really liking the games that are being offered on the Android platform this year. Maybe you are wanting to stick with the Android platform to see all of the games evolve. I have good news for you, you may just want to wait on the Ouya and not get a new console this year. The PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 are amazing, but we really haven’t seen an open source type of console yet. The Ouya is going to bring an entire new experience, and could possibly even change how we look at consoles today due to it being open source.
There are a variety of companies jumping on board the Ouya, because they know it is going to do well not only due to the popularity the Android platform has currently, but also due to the way that the new console is being designed. One of the most powerful processors in the history of Android hardware is NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 chip, which happens to be powering the Ouya. With that said, the Ouya is going to have a lot of capabilities that our everyday phones do not. The Tegra 3 is by no means a widespread chip, at least yet. The Ouya is going to be powerful, and since a lot of games are beginning to use the Unreal Development Kit or more commonly referred to as the “Unreal Engine,” we can expect to start seeing some great games that are on par to what the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 can offer, it’s possible that we can expect them to be even better. Since the Ouya is open source, the console can only evolve with a lot of the next-gen technology as well.
With that said, the next-gen console may already be close. We know it as the “Ouya,” but a lot of people underestimate the true power that Android has. Games are starting to get a lot of depth and story added to them on the Android platform, which makes the Ouya a perfect target for games. Developers are going to want to develop for it simply because it offers something more advanced, and gives developers a lot more to work with than just your standard 4′ phone screen.
I’ll still personally be getting the next PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360, but the Ouya really does have high chances against them. It may even get the advantage of releasing before Microsoft and Sony are able to produce their next-gen technology. I could go into how this will drastically support Indie Games, but that’s a topic for another time.
Any thoughts? Do you think the Ouya is good enough that you don’t need to purchase another PlayStation or Xbox 360? Let us know in the comments below!