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Ouya CEO Julie Uhrman outlines annual console refresh plans

By Shawn Knight ยท 11 replies
Feb 7, 2013
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  1. During a recent interview, Ouya founder and CEO Julie Uhrman revealed the fact that the company plans to release a new console every year to leverage the best-performing chips and take advantage of lower component prices to continually deliver the...

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  2. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,869   +1,194

    Geez are the moderators on a vacation? not trying to be rude or anything, just never seen a bot problem here before...
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  3. Littleczr

    Littleczr TS Addict Posts: 439   +84

    Excellent idea, but it remains to be seen what games will be develop for it. They will need only One smash hit to make it the toy to buy. I will keep my eyes open.
  4. fimbles

    fimbles TS Evangelist Posts: 1,172   +205

    So in other words if you buy a first gen machine, next year it will be obsolete, or pay the 99 dollar yearly sub.
  5. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,334   +280

    Not really... Your initial system doesn't just stop working when the new unit comes out. Consider mobile phones - you buy a phone and within a year the next model comes out that is bigger badder and better... But the app store doesn't suddenly become full of apps that only that model can run, you are still able to run most of the library available. At some point down the line, your older hardware will, indeed, become limited and obsolete. But hey, that's the name of the game in tech.

    And, in this case, odds are you'll be able to just buy the upgraded board and install it yourself - after all, the Ouya is all about being open and hack friendly. Worst case, you buy a new processor cube when you decide to upgrade, which should be substantially less than the initial $99 buy in (which included the $50 controller).
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  6. fimbles

    fimbles TS Evangelist Posts: 1,172   +205

    I have a sony ericson x10 running froyo, many many apps are missing from the appstore, and will not run at all.
  7. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,334   +280

    And I have a Nexus S that still runs a good portion of the app store, some well, some not so much... But then again, it's 3 year old hardware, and at least I had the option to update mine to a later Android version. Point is, there will always be exceptions to longevity in an open hardware marketplace, where manufacturing choices in processor and GPU have big impacts. But the Ouya is a closed marketplace, it will have a single set configuration every year, and a single official software path, so the odds of maintaining longer term usability should be substantially increased.

    That said, I'm sure as the new hardware versions arrive, there will be the elite selection of games or programs that run best on (or even require) the latest rev of boards. But, if you are a PC gamer, you are very familiar with that path. In the case of the Ouya, the upgrade will be less than $100 to obtain top of the line hardware relevance, which is quite a small buy-in.
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  8. Jesse

    Jesse TS Evangelist Posts: 359   +42

    You are making a very strange argument. Would you prefer to stay on old hardware? Nothing is going to be obsolete, but Android games are going to be continually developed whether the Ouya hardware keeps up or not. Wouldn't you rather have the option of playing new games?
  9. Littleczr

    Littleczr TS Addict Posts: 439   +84

    I would say in 2 years it would be boring, but hey its only 100 dollars including controller. All that is needed is a killer app. I want to get my hands on this thing. I rather buy this then the raspberry pi.
  10. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,869   +1,194

    two completely different devices with two completely different purposes...
  11. True that, sounds like another unnecessary electronic gadget with an annual obsolescence cycle. I wonder where the next landfill is planned in your area that will hold all this crap? Also, who would want to develop games that may or may not work properly on the next year's console?
  12. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,920   +629

    I just don't know how long something like this will remain in relevance. It can only remain viable until phone manufacturers bring out proper cradles: full-power, HDMI-out, sound-out, USB ports.

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