The New Console on the Block: Ouya

UPDATE 1/18/2015: I bought an Ouya (a mere year-and-a-half after this post)! I’ll be adding some game videos and a review after I’ve got an informed, fair opinion.

I did some quick reading about the Ouya console today. The Ouya is an interesting alternative to Xbox, Playstation and the Wii. This new console currently sells for $99 from Amazon, Best Buy, Gamestop and Target, as well as direct from Ouya.

Besides the price, the fact that its Android-based is also interesting, and for some of you out there also the fact that Ouya invites you to hack the box. Their Kickstarter page (their campaign is already completed) says this:

Hackers Welcome Have at it: It’s easy to root (and rooting won’t void your warranty). Everything opens with standard screws. Hardware hackers can create their own peripherals, and connect via USB or Bluetooth. You want our hardware design? Let us know. We might just give it to you. Surprise us!

As soon as I can I will order one just to check it out. If there is a new console that can give the big guys a kick in the pants and remind Ouya Controller & Console (cube) on a PS4 and PS4 Ctonroller charging stationthem what they are doing (making people happy VS making profit – there’s a difference) then I’m happy to give them a go if I can.

If you feel the same way I do about the “Big Gaming Consoles” and have $100 plus some money to spend on a couple of games and you can afford to lose it, Id recommend giving it a look. If you just want to save money on a gaming console, you might want to read some good, solid reviews on the Ouya. IGN’s review of the Ouya seems to be honest and useful, but be sure to watch the whole thing. And remember, the Ouya is new, and should be expected to have some rough edges that need to be smoothed out – whereas the “Big Guys” who ask 3 or more times Ouya’s cost from your wallet have established systems that already been tested for years.

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