Ouya - a new Android based home console
What if I told you that there exists a home console powered by an OS that is used mostly on smart phones and tablets? Sounds weird enough as it is. But what if I told you that it is also legitimately hackable?
A new home console called Ouya has just been announced called Ouya. It is based on the Android OS, is worth $99 (USD) and is an open/hackable console. Surely enough this sounds very unique and very different. The fact that it's 'open' brings up a lot of possibilities, not just limited to game but with apps and such. Games will be free early on with microtransactions and monetizations being handled by the developers themselves later on. The controller looks like it takes inspiration from both the PS3 and Xbox360 controllers as well as the WiiU. With the standard 4 face buttons, D-pad, and dual-analog sticks as well a 3.5 to 4-inch touch screen.
Specs for the Ouya console are as follows: Tegra 3 Quad Core Processor 1GB of RAM 8GB of internal flash storage HDMI port (supports up to 1080p) Built-in WiFi Bluetooth LE 4.0 USB 2.0 port
This bizarre but awesome sounding console will become a reality if it's kickstarter project reaches $950,000 (USD) goal by August 9th of this year (08/09/2012). There are already a few developers onboard such as Canabalt's Alex Saltsman and Minecraft's Mojang.
You can pledge a minimum of $1 and there are exclusive rewards if you pledge a higher amount, all of which are on the kickstarter page for Ouya. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ouya/ouya-a-new-kind-of-video-game-console
As of the writing of this post, there are 7,675 backers for this kickstarter with a total pledge of $954,940 (USD).