Gaming is one of the most popular forms of entertainment nowadays, with Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo all vying to be at the top of the console pyramid. The current cycle of consoles are coming to an end, and we expect to see announcements, releases and leaks about the new wave of consoles within the next year or so. But although the investment and time spent on developing games for these consoles has significantly increased, the price we pay for them has also vastly increased. This is ultimately pushing people to look for a different route for their gaming fix. Enter OUYA.
OUYA is a new $99 games console for your TV, powered purely by Android. Its aim is to be a cost-effective approach to gaming, exploring and celebrating many of the titles that have made mobile gaming a force in the gaming industry.
Games like N.O.V.A and Minecraft have really changed and altered the way gaming is perceived on phones and tablets, and the constant changing Android OS, means new waves of games are appearing at any time. The OUYA console will connect to your TV, allowing you to play some of the best mobile titles on the big screen, with the people behind it to get more developers involved, and thus more games available for the general public.
Games will be free to download and play at first, with developers having complete free reign of how they want to receive payment for their work. Some games may include micro-transactions within them, while others may have a one off price for the full game experience. The key to seeing quality titles on the OUYA system will solely lie in the hands of the developers producing content for the console, and with the sheer popularity of mobile gaming, I see no reason why OUYA can’t be a complete success.
So will it be able to compete with the new wave of consoles from some of the leaders in home entertainment? Well, no. But it isn’t designed to be like that. OUYA will make gaming fully accessible to a lot more people, and especially people who can’t afford to blow £40 on a new game.
Similarly, with the hackable nature of Android, OUYA will open itself up to developers to really show what it’s capable of. There are plenty of markets and opportunities that OUYA could fit in to, and with over $2-million dollars in public support already, expect to see OUYA in a living room near you soon.
If you want to find out more about OUYA, and pledge some money to its development (while also pre-ordering a console for yourself) take a look at the official OUYA Kickstart page.