The people in charge of developing the Ouya have updated their Kickstarter page to announce the upcoming release of the developer versions of their console. The dev consoles will be released from the factory on December 28 and will be arriving at the hands of developers a few days later. Those residing in Turkey and Russia may get their devices a little bit longer.
First to take a crack at the first version of the Ouya are Kickstarter developers who will want to test out their games on the system. Included in the delivery is the Ouya Developer Kit (ODK) that will ensure that developers have the necessary tools to build and test games.
Not all the developers will be getting the dev console though as it costs a lot of money to build the test units. Only those who pledged $699 or more in the Kickstarter page will be getting it.
- OS: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
- Processor: Nvidia Tegra 3 quadcore
- RAM: 1 GB
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 b,g,n Bluetooth
- Video: 1080p resolution
- Ports: HDMI, Wireless
- Storage: 8 GB internal, expandable via SD card
Ouya is a project started by Julie Uhrman and Yves Behar. They both plan to enter the lucrative gaming market by offering a new alternative console. Running on Android, the Ouya will offer free to play games. Some big time game developers who have signified their interest in creating games for this console include Square Enix and Namco Bandai.
Gamers who are interested to get this device can pre-order it at the company website. The expected delivery date is this April 2013. The basic package comes with the console itself and one controller for $99 plus shipping ($10 in the US and $20 for the rest of the world). If you would like an additional controller you will need to add $30.