OUYA, the Android-based console

Anyone looking at Kickstarter these last couple of weeks could have seen this brand new open source gaming console; that’s right open source. This Android-based box has been designed by the same people that created the Jambox.

What’s so special about this is the free-to-play model borrowed from games like League of Legends, Team Fortress 2, and Triple Town. Developers and games alike can buy the same console and play or make games. Nothings else is needed, and since it runs on Android you can hack it, root it, take it apart, and not void the warranty.

Let’s get back to the games! All the games for the OUYA will be free demos with full-game upgrade or items you can purchase as you go along.

The OUYA is nothing to laugh at either. Look at these specs and you’ll see it’s no light weight. It’s Running a Tegra2 quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of internal flash storage. It comes with HDMI out for full 1080P, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/n/g, Bluetooth LE 4.0, Ethernet out, and you can get it with up to four wireless controllers. The control will sport fast buttons, triggers, analog sticks, a D-Pad, and it will even have a touchpad.

For those who funded the project via Kickstarter, a limited-Edition Kickstarter console in a nice black finish will be your prize. Everyone else wanting to pre-order the console for April 2013 will receive it in brushed medal silver.

But wait until you see who is partnering with OUYA; OnLIVE!, Twitch.TV, Final Fantasy (YES I said Final Fantasy!) VEVO for music videos, XBMC, TuneIn and iHeartRadio. Wait, did I forget something? Yes, MineCraft! You’ll be able to play MineCraft on your TV with the OUYA. How cool is that?!

Gaming has been slowly moving away from the console to the mobile devices we carry with us all day long. iPads, iPhones, tablets and all. OUYA is bringing games you love, with almost no cost (after getting your console) and allowing you to play games where they should be played, on your HDTV with your friends and family.

OUYA ended up with 63,416 backers and received $8,596,475.00 in pledges. I can’t wait to see this device in action next year. What about you?

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