The rumour mill is bursting with talk of Ouya, a $99 console concept that could change the gaming industry in a big way. Designed by Yves Behar, the affordable Android game console can connect to a TV, and would pull its games from a large developer ecosystem that’s as open and free as can be. Yes, all the games would be free.
Everything about Ouya is hackable, even its underlying hardware. Any developer will have the power to publish games, and get this – every customer who buys an Ouya will get a dev kit that comes with it. That’s pretty cool.
If you have doubts about the idea, know that many industry heavy hitters do not. Yves Behar (of Jawbone Jambox and One Laptop Per Child) is just the beginning of bright minds onboard. Other Ouya advisors include Ed Fries (former Xbox gaming honcho), Amol Sarva (of Peek), Peter Pham (of Color), and names Julie Uhrman of IGN as its founder and CEO.
Exciting times! What kind of games do you think Ouya will attract?
(Via The Verge)