With over 63-thousand backers and an impressive $8.5-million raised, Ouya has reached the closing of their successful run on Kickstarter.
Back in early July, Ouya appeared on the backing website becoming an overnight success. The petite console will run on a smartphone processor created by Nvidia, and a Google Android operating system. The concept was simple, provide mobile and online game developers with a chance to create games for the television. It has since blossomed into a rather impressive project.
Since its Kickstarter conception, Ouya has created some rather impressive partnerships... even going as far rounding-up some of gaming's biggest power houses. Both Namco Bandai and Square Enix have pledged their support behind the project. Will this mean Ouya exclusives? Who knows. However, it solidifies the console to those with a more hardcore mindset.
They've also secured game provider OnLive. This was probably the biggest development announced in the past weeks. Now, owners will have access to tons of mainstream games that might otherwise never make their way to the console.
The devs even went as far as welcoming hackers to do what they do best to their piece of hardware. Now this could be a good or bad thing. If hackers are allowed to rule any kind of multiplayer-verse, it will only spell disaster for everyone else. On the bright side, it will provide creative minds an opportunity to develop something unique of their own, with the potential of becoming a main stay on Ouya.
Now I'll be the first to admit I wasn't all that impressed with the concept of Ouya when it first hit the gaming scene a few months back. To hear that a console will largely support mobile and online based games for the television was a laugh. I'm one of those people who view mobile gaming as something you do when you’re taking a massive pass on the throne. However, I've since changed my tune. Seeing the amount of support Ouya has received via Kickstarter is astounding... not just by backers, but by other companies looking to expand.
So will this ultimately impact the console landscape as we know it? To be honest, no.... but Ouya could become a stellar secondary console for people. If the Nintendo Wii showed us anything, it's that there are a lot of casual gamers around the world. Tell people they can play the same games on their phones, on the TV and you're bound to sell a few consoles. And for rouhgly a hundred bucks, who can really complain.
If you didn't have the opporunity to become a backer, you can pre-order Ouya on their website for $109. A preliminary release date is set for Mach 2013.