OUYA consoles shipping in late December

OUYA has confirmed that it will meet its goal of sending out consoles by the year's end, and has shared a few more details on the roll-out schedule.

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The Android-powered OUYA console is on track to send out its first consoles by the end of the year, and the company has shared a few more details about its planned console roll-out. The consoles are being referred to as developer consoles, but the full consumer versions later will allow development as well. They're set to ship out on December 28 for those who backed the Kickstarter, and will arrive within a few days.

The OUYA site also notes that the first consoles to go out will have some extra goodies, as well as a revised version of Android Jellybean aimed at optimizing it for a big screen. On December 25, those who ordered the console will get a link to activate their account and gain their preferred usernames. If two or more people claimed a popular name, OUYA will grant it to the person who backed it first.

Game developers who didn't snag a first run of the console will be able to use a web portal to download the development kit and upload games to the OUYA service. And those who want an OUYA username can get it after Christmas as well.

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    November 30, 2012 2:00 PM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, OUYA consoles shipping in late December.

    OUYA has confirmed that it will meet its goal of sending out consoles by the year's end, and has shared a few more details on the roll-out schedule.

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      November 30, 2012 2:08 PM

      I'm pretty excited about this. Lets hope it turns into something worthwhile.

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      November 30, 2012 4:45 PM

      This is going to be the Logitech Revue killer.

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      November 30, 2012 5:47 PM

      Wow, they actually pulled it off. Good for them. I still think it's an interesting idea... but my next console is going to be high end. I'm ready for a console which blows my 360 away.

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        November 30, 2012 7:43 PM

        The hard part is less going to be the hardware than the actual store, payment system, and game ecosystem. I still have very little faith that this will ever reach anything approximating success.

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          December 1, 2012 8:55 AM

          Hmm, maybe. Android must have some of that stuff build in already though for the Google Play store right? If they can just cut the cords and point it to their shop, might not be that bad. I guess we'll see.

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            December 1, 2012 8:56 AM

            That might not be bad for consumers but it would be bad for Ouya. As I follow it this is more like a Kindle Fire where it runs Android but has zero other ties to Google, so you can't use your Android apps on it you'd need to purchase them from the Ouya store.

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              December 1, 2012 4:02 PM

              Oh, I know Ouya plans to have their own store, what I'm meant was that Android is designed to have a store integrated to the OS so hopefully (for them) they can take whatever 'hooks' are in the OS for the store and just 'redirect' to their store. Similar to the Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet (like you said). If B&N and Amazon did it... I'm sure these guys can pull it off.

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      November 30, 2012 5:58 PM

      Does anyone else still get the vibe that this thing has zero chance of working out how most people think it will? Namely, that either the hardware is going to be a massive disappointment and/or that the company will go under because their utopian price points and sales model just doesn't seem to make sense?

      I mean, I doubt that the game consoles from console companies until now have been > $99 because no one else has ever thought of this idea.

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        November 30, 2012 7:37 PM

        Actually, no. I expect some interesting things.

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        November 30, 2012 8:34 PM

        It will be successful with enthusiasts and hackers and that's it. That market is pretty damn small. The only way we'd even consider looking at something like this is if it had tens of millions of users and a better ecosystem than Google Play. Right now, we make shit off of Google. We basically use it as a beta test platform because Android users rarely pay for anything and most titles get hacked and made available on pirate sites. Even the free to play ones.

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        November 30, 2012 8:45 PM

        It is only a tegra 3. We are talking Nintendo DS graphics on a big screen TV. It needs tegra 4, which is coming in January.

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        November 30, 2012 9:56 PM

        I doubt it will go anywhere. Also expect hacking to be major problem with this.

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        November 30, 2012 10:07 PM

        I have a feeling people with nab one for the hardware and then do their own thing with it, rather than using it as designed.

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          December 1, 2012 8:55 AM

          Which either means this thing is less than $99 to manufacture, which likely means it's not as powerful as people believe it to be, or they're taking a loss on it, which is going to fuck them when people buy it to wipe and do something else with it and never give Ouya another cent.

          Something about this just does not add up.

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        December 2, 2012 5:02 PM

        I sure do.

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      November 30, 2012 7:46 PM

      Sweet, super glad I backed this. Can't wait for it. :-)

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      November 30, 2012 8:42 PM

      Only think I don't like is that it uses a proprietary Ouya store and not google play.

      I already got apps from amazon, humble bundle etc. and don't really want another one.

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        November 30, 2012 8:45 PM

        thing*

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        November 30, 2012 10:07 PM

        I'm sure they'll let you install gapps but they can't ship with it.

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        December 1, 2012 7:21 AM

        As someone who backed this and who is unable to get any commercial apps on the Play Store(But I was able to when it was the Google Market) I am very happy for that.

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          December 1, 2012 7:54 AM

          If you can't get an app on the Play Store you ae doing something very wrong. It's easy as fuck.

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          December 1, 2012 4:05 PM

          What is keeping you from getting commercial apps from the Play Store?

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      November 30, 2012 9:16 PM

      I backed this because I think it will be a pretty good streaming box.

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      December 1, 2012 9:30 PM

      You guys who bash the Wii U but are excited for this thing are smoking crack. I'm going to go on the record as predicting OUYA isn't going to go anywhere worth mentioning. I just don't understand where the viable business model is for this.

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        December 1, 2012 11:45 PM

        No one is claiming or expecting Ouya to be a next generation console. People are excited because its a console without the walled garden approach. Another thing this is platform for indie games that would otherwise have died because obscurity/buried on Xbox Live or PSN or the developers couldn't afford the certification.

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          December 2, 2012 1:26 PM

          Nothing you have said makes sense given that the PC exists. Everything you've mentioned is already in place on the PC, with the possible exception of the unlikelihood of the average person to hook their PC up to their television. They're just as unlikely to buy a $99 box with no advertising.

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            December 2, 2012 4:50 PM

            It is true that any PC will be more than enough to play the games likely to be on the system. The same can be said of any console really. Its a different mode of play. Some people want access to greater indie scene on the TV. For a ~$99 device it isn't really all that bad if you consider devices like the ROKU, Apple TV or Google TV are about that price. If comes packaged with a HTPC or streaming functions it is already a win for some people.

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      December 2, 2012 3:49 PM

      Man, that controller gives me hand cramps just looking at it.

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