Over the past week or so there’s been a lot of hype round a new game console that’s shown its face on Kick Starter, OUYA , The console creators where trying to raise a figure of $950,000 in order to fund the project, little over a week later they’ve raised over $5,135,733 which is absolutely astounding.
The console itself has reasonable specs is android based and its completely open for software engineers and developers to have there dirty way with it. Producing whatever hardware and software modifications to it without causing an uproar from the vendors like you might see if you went and started messing around with Microsoft or Sony’s consoles which is a strict no no. Its really going to make console development available to the masses and really help fuel the independent game developers. I can even see it helping in education, normally if you wanted to develop a game for a console and to have a good amount of control over the hardware you would have to buy a development kit from the vendor which usually cost thousands and just aren’t feasible for small time developers. The OUYA however every console will be a dev kit in itself having to pay no more than the price of the console to get hold of it, which is really good for people wanting to develop for consoles who otherwise would have been unable to do so.
Right so moving onto the price, It’s actually relatively cheap…And the specs aren’t necessarily bad for the price. At the moment if you want to be on the first on the list to get one of these consoles before it hits retail you need to pledge a mere $99 towards their cause and its yours, however if your in the UK like me they want you to donate an extra $20 dollars for shipping and what not which is fair enough. I’m yet to get myself one but I probably will be later this week if there not all gone. If your interested I suggest heading over to kick starter and checking it out. It will also give you some more information about the console and there’s a video on the page which I recommend watching as-well.