A new Ouya console will be released every year according to the company’s CEO, deviating from the traditional game console five to seven year life cycle.
Speaking in an interview after her D.I.C.E 2013 speech, Ouya CEO Julie Uhrman confirmed there would be yearly edition of the Ouya console appearing in stores.
“Our strategy is very much similar to the mobile strategy. There will be a new Ouya every year. There will be an Ouya 2 and an Ouya 3,” Uhrman said. “We’ll take advantage of faster, better processors, take advantage of prices falling. So if we can get more than 8GB of Flash in our box, we will.”
The newly revealed Tegra 4 super chip processor from Nvidia is absent from the first Ouya model being released this year, but it could feature in future models that incorporate new technology as readily as a smart device. Like a mobile app, Ouya games will be backwards compatible so as not to limit the yearly released console to just a handful of games with each launch.
“The games will be tied to you, the gamer,” added Uhrman, with the Ouya console functioning like Steam rather than tying games to their relative consoles, as per the Nintendo style and their new console, the Nintendo Wii U.
With a confirmed Ouya release date in June for the US, the Android-based console has generated funding through a Kickstarter campaign.
Costing $99.99 (£63.38), the Ouya console will be shipped with one wireless controller featuring the standard console buttons and a touch sensitive trackpad, similar to that rumoured for the Sony PlayStation 4. Additional controllers will cost nearly half the price of the console at $49.99 (£31.69), which is quite a price for the supposedly low-cost console.
Running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the Ouya is designed for playing modified Android games capable of being played at 1080p resolutions on even the biggest TVs.
The Ouya console will ship with a Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core SoC with 1GB of RAM, similar to the Google Nexus 7. A USB 2.0 port, HDMI support, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity and an Ethernet connection will also feature alongside 8GB of Flash storage.
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