This is a new games console, which underwent a massively successful funding campaign in 2012 and has just started shipping to eager pledgers.
The Ouya costs £99.99 and runs on the Google’s Android operating system allowing you to download games direct from Google Play to the console at a fraction of the cost of traditional console games.
The sleek console comes with a controller, which strangely gets its looks from the Xbox’s offering. Inside the cool little box it’s packing an NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage, which is expandable via USB. You can choose from Ethernet or Wi-Fi for multiplayer options and it has a HDMI socket for full HD gaming at 1080p.
Now, don’t get me wrong, this is a superb piece of kit, but it will still only play games comparable to our mobile devices and tablets at the moment. But with games improving all the time for these devices and the big players in gaming joining the mobile parade, we may just see some serious titles on this console.
Ouya have partnered up with Twitch.tv, Crunchyroll, iheartradio, TuneIn, XBMC, Plex and Flixster so it will double up as a media centre also. Partners like these will allow you to stream shows, movies and music, which increases the appeal of this mini console. The interesting thing is that Ouya promises that you will be able to download all games to test for free to see if you wish to purchase the full title.
Ouya will hit the stores here in the UK in the summer as Game have already started taking preorders. Extra controllers will set you back £40 each.