Today’s smartphones and tablets are so powerful that most of them can be easily turned into gaming consoles provided that you connect your device to a TV and connect it to gamepad(s). However, not that many folks take advantage of this capability, opting for a standard console, instead.
Enter OUYA, a novel product that wants to change the gaming industry. It’s an Android-powered console which is raising funds at Kickstarter as we speak. The goal is to get $950,000 by allowing anyone to participate by pledging as little as $10. That money will get you a username before the launch rush, while pledging $95 will get you the console and one (awesome-lookin’) gaming controller (add $30 for an additional controller and $20 for international shipping).
In terms of what’s inside the box, the OUYA sports NVidia’s Tegra 3 quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, Wi-Fi connectivity, 8GB of built-in storage, Bluetooth 4.0, single USB port, wireless gamepad with standard controls (2 analog sticks, d-pad, 8 action buttons, a system button) and touchpad, while Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is running the show…
We love the idea of taking Android beyond smartphones and tablets, and can’t help but suggest everyone interested in gaming to support OUYA’s efforts to change the industry.