Ouya shipping on March 28, hires developer Kellee Santiago

By on February 28, 2013, 4:00 PM

Ouya announced plans to ship their Android-based gaming console to backers on March 28. A post on the company’s website said parts are already in the factory and the assembly line is buzzing away as they gradually ramp up production. The message further advises gamers to keep an eye on their inbox for an e-mail containing tracking information and estimated arrival date.

The young game company also announced the hiring of Kellee Santiago, co-founder of thatgamecompany (responsible for creating Journey and Flower) and partner with Indie Fund. Santiago will join the Ouya team as the leader of developer relations.

In a published statement, Santiago said Ouya gets it as they are the first console company that really understands how important it is to remove the barriers to development. By freeing up the development process, she says, the company is opening up new doors in console gaming.

Ouya also noted that Kim Swift, responsible for hit titles like Left 4 Dead, Portal and Quantum Conundrum will be working with Airtight Games to create an exclusive title for the console. Swift said the platform gives them the freedom to fully realize the funky, unique game they have in mind. The game is said to appeal to core gamers in terms of skill and difficulty but also has an unexpected, imaginative slant.

The company is still planning a full retail launch this June where systems will be available in brick-and-mortar stores like Best Buy, GameStop and Target. Online shoppers will be able to pick up the console through Amazon, we’re told.




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JC713 JC713 said:

They should up the RAM to 2GB and add a Tegra 4, then I will consider. 1GB of RAM for a machine dedicated to gaming... I dont get this mentality.

ikesmasher said:

The xbox 360 only had 512 MB. The point is, this could be (well, is) another whole console, where static hardware makes games run better on it...

St1ckM4n St1ckM4n said:

How can something be exclusive to Ouya? It'll be available on Android too.

Which is a good thing.. Android will get more and better-quality games out of this.

Guest said:

The Ouya store is going to be completely seperate from the Android Market.

JC713 JC713 said:

Real Racing 3 is legit for iOS, I would like to see it on Ouya.

St1ckM4n St1ckM4n said:

The Ouya store is going to be completely seperate from the Android Market.

Is it not an Android app though? That's one checkbox to select and you can install on any device.

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Jesse Jesse said:

The Ouya store is going to be completely seperate from the Android Market.

Is it not an Android app though? That's one checkbox to select and you can install on any device.

I imagine you won't be able to access the Ouya store from any device other than an Ouya.

St1ckM4n St1ckM4n said:

I imagine you won't be able to access the Ouya store from any device other than an Ouya.

We're talking about Android here. The device will be easily-rootable, allowing you to copy the apk to a non-Ouya device.

Guest said:

Do not worry. Those ****** plan to release a new Ouya every year.

TS-56336 TS-56336 said:

Whenever this system become universal media player (better yet with sufficient useful utility apps), it will get the attention it deserve.

I wish the existence of this console would also give a better opportunity for small developers to be successful.

JC713 JC713 said:

Do not worry. Those *****s plan to release a new Ouya every year.

they need the most horse power so I Dont get what is wrong with that... as mobile graphics mature, you will see the demand for new GPUs.

Vrmithrax Vrmithrax, TechSpot Paladin, said:

The Ouya store is going to be completely seperate from the Android Market.

Is it not an Android app though? That's one checkbox to select and you can install on any device.

Many of the games on the Ouya should be available across the Android universe... But exclusive games are ones that are being developed to maximize performance on the Tegra platform, targeting a specific subset of hardware... One of the reasons gaming performance can be fairly amazing on such a little device - you leave out all the stuff required to support multiple hardware configurations (which every generic Android game requires).

Translation: the games may work on other platforms (if you can get them there), they may not, you probably won't know till people start trying it

St1ckM4n St1ckM4n said:

So it'll be one of those THD-only titles. :P

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