There is a new kid on the block and its name is Ouya. What is Ouya you may ask? Imagine an open Android based console, one that offers the ability to connect with gamers and everything available on the system has a free component to it whether that be a free demo, free to play or free with microtransactions. A console that lets developers chase their design dreams and encourages being hacked either physically or digitally. A console that is available to consumers at the price point of under 100 dollars. Welcome to Ouya.
Ouya is founded by Julie Uhrman, an ex-IGN employee that has been in the game industry for quite a while. She and legendary designer Yves Behar, creator of One Laptop Per Child, came up with the idea a while ago and decided to pitch it on Kickstarter to see who be interested in this new venture. The idea to have a console that is built with the community rather than have a company build a closed system around them. They asked for $950,000 within 30 days. The internet responded with $2,011,733 in less than 24 hours, with over 16,000 backers as of this post breaking the record for largest amount raised in 24 hours. If everything continues at the pace it is going at right now, Ouya is tracking to beat the Kickstarter record of over 10 Million held by Pebble Watches. Clearly gamers are ready for change.
There are a couple of games already announced for the system. Indie projects and games such as Canabalt and Minecraft have pledged support for the new system in some capacity and the company has already signed a deal for Twitch.TV to be usable with the new system as well. As more and more people begin to back this project, the more developers it will bring to the platform and the general consensus from developers is that they are very excited to start development for Ouya.
If you are interested, check out their Kickstarter page and see if Ouya is something you might be interested in. I backed the $99 model already, which gets you one of the consoles when they launch early next year, a reserve on your username you want to use, and a Founder emblem next to your tag to show off to the world when it does come out. The potential behind this system is enormous and it will be very interesting to see how everything pans out overtime, whether this new system will stand on its own with Nintendo and Sony or fall to the wayside like the 3DO, Sega and Atari. Time will tell, but I am on board.