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Is Ouya The Future Of Gaming?

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In case there’s anyone who still hasn’t heard, sometime next year there will be a new entrant in the console war. This one isn’t made made by a major game company, won’t feature the latest and greatest technology, and will ship with a modest price tag of $99. This console is called Ouya (pronounced OOO-yah) and is being designed and developed by a an-star team of industry experts, including Julie Uhrman and Yves Béhar. Their goal for this project is stated on their kickstarter page; they plan to revolutionize the home console industry, shifting the focus from major developers and publishers to small developers, home gamers, and anyone who may want to tinker with their console. On top of that, each game developed for the Ouya must have aspect that is free-to-play, whether it be a demo or the full game.

The initial response to the announcement and the Kickstarter campaign was overwhelming, and many questions arose regarding the potential of the console. The campaign launched asking for $950 thousand, a number was was surpassed in less than eight hours, showing that many had faith in the console and supported the idea of ‘open gaming.’ Others were more skeptical, wondering why more information hadn’t been released when the campaign kicked off. There was no controller, only an image which displayed half of one possible design. There were no confirmed games, although the Kickstarter page made it seem like Minecraft was guaranteed to be on the console. Some feared the android-based console would only further fragment the android app market.

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Ouya Announces OnLive Partnership

Ouya/OnLive

Ouya, the upcoming Android based microconsole, will be getting its own version of the popular OnLive cloud gaming app at launch. Announced earlier today via the project's KickStarter page, OnLive will bring console quality, cloud based gaming to the device. OnLive will bring its extensive catalog to Ouya, retaining the ability to purchase streaming games on demand, and of course, the ability to demo most titles offered for a full 30 minutes for free. Bruce Grove, OnLive's General Manager, had the following words of praise on the Ouya platform:

"Ouya is rethinking the console business, making waves by using standard technology to make gaming for your living room accessible, affordable and more innovative than ever. In OnLive's case, we pioneered a groundbreaking, cloud-based system that instantly delivers games to any device on demand."

In addition to revealing that OnLive will be available at launch, Ouya released a series of teaser images of the current prototype of the console - showcasing the unit's minimalist aesthetics (as designed by Yves Behar) and, for the first time, a complete view of the Ouya's gamepad.



Although Ouya does not have an exact release date at this time, it is expected to launch sometime next march.