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    Phoronix: OUYA Android-Based Game Console Starts Shipping

    The Kickstarter-backed company to produce OUYA, an original game console built around Google's Android Linux-based operating system, is beginning to ship their developer consoles and SDK...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTI2MzM

  • #2
    Agree with the article. Consoles have to be cutting edge else the risk being the bottom self sales item.

    Ouya also doesn't break any boundaries. There are already plenty of set top boxes running ARM/Android that can take joysticks. It's important though that they set standards that buyer and developers can rely on, as in all the same joystick configurations and items supplied. The reason behind this is developers willl mainly target the mass install base standard so it should be high and solid to start with.

    I'm also very critical of these crowd funding projects. I fear many are siphoning monies off for high salary positions or cash for buddy equipment.

    Maybe they should beg Steam to add gaming option to their existing Stream client for Android and have it work well with Ouya.

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    • #3
      The lady behind the project does come across as someone with a passion and history for gamers, so I wish them well.

      The Ouya may promote Android to further bite into Microsoft's share of the market which can only be a good thing.

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      • #4
        I'm hoping for the best at this point. I've got one console and 2 controllers which should get shipped with the rest of the consoles for users. If nothing else, I'll hopefully get a MythTV/XBMC front-end with a Super-NES emulator. At the best, I'll have a gaming console to hook up to the spare TV my wife and I are hoping to purchase.

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        • #5
          I hope it succeeds, because I was hoping for something like this ever since Google announced Google TV 2 years ago. I'd really like to see more Android-base consoles.

          That being said, I feel the same way about it not having a modern 2013 A15/OpenGL ES 3.0-based SoC when it arrives next year. I mean, it will be hard enough to become successful as it is - not having anything that exciting in terms of game performance and graphics is really disappointing. I mean Tegra 3 can barely support 1080p resolutions for crying out loud.

          If I were them, I'd also release an OUYA+ or OUYA 2.0 this fall, with a high-end Exynos 5 Quad or Tegra 4 chip.

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          • #6
            A correction to the article: Valve has NOT confirmed any Steam or Linux based console at all.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Kristian Joensen View Post
              A correction to the article: Valve has NOT confirmed any Steam or Linux based console at all.
              They have confirmed it.
              http://kotaku.com/5966860/gabe-newel...t+gen-consoles

              Wether it will run Linux has not been confirmed.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by n3wu53r View Post
                They have confirmed it.
                http://kotaku.com/5966860/gabe-newel...t+gen-consoles

                Wether it will run Linux has not been confirmed.
                The chances them investing into Linux and not using it for console are 0.00%

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by n3wu53r View Post
                  They have confirmed it.
                  http://kotaku.com/5966860/gabe-newel...t+gen-consoles

                  Wether it will run Linux has not been confirmed.

                  Living room PC != console.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Kristian Joensen View Post
                    Living room PC != console.
                    I've heard Steam Linux console directly out of Gabe's mouth...
                    Michael Larabel
                    http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by e8hffff View Post
                      Agree with the article. Consoles have to be cutting edge else the risk being the bottom self sales item.
                      The Nintendo Wii would like to have a word with you.
                      The problem I see with an Android based console is that Android games tend to suck. Better games can be developed, true, but that means the existing ecosystem won't be used to boost sales.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by e8hffff View Post
                        Agree with the article. Consoles have to be cutting edge else the risk being the bottom self sales item.
                        This is wrong. Wii was the worst of the three consoles launched in the 2006-2008 timeframe.

                        PS3 was the strongest, then XBOX360 and then Wii.

                        Today Wii has the largest market of the three!!!

                        WII - 98 million sold
                        XBOX360 73 million sold
                        PS3 - 71 million sold

                        or the totals

                        1 Nintendo DS (DS) 153.88
                        2 PlayStation 2 (PS2) 153.68
                        3 Game Boy (GB) 118.69
                        4 PlayStation (PS) 104.25
                        5 Wii (Wii) 98.32
                        6 Game Boy Advance (GBA) 81.51
                        7 PlayStation Portable (PSP) 75.55
                        8 Xbox 360 (X360) 73.02
                        9 PlayStation 3 (PS3) 71.03
                        10 Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) 61.91

                        (All from http://www.vgchartz.com/analysis/platform_totals/ )

                        It is very hard to judge what makes it. I didn't believe in Wii, but I was wrong.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by sabriah View Post
                          It is very hard to judge what makes it. I didn't believe in Wii, but I was wrong.
                          I think it is a good guess to say it was due to the innovative controller and the low price in comparison.
                          Also they have some strong franchises with Mario and Zelda.

                          OUYA is lacking all that. Even the price isn't that low IMHO.
                          Last edited by entropy; 12-28-2012, 03:31 PM.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Michael View Post
                            I've heard Steam Linux console directly out of Gabe's mouth...
                            Sounds great if you remember it correctly. But that is not a PUBLIC confirmation.

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                            • #15
                              Well, I very much like the idea of OUYA, if not as the game console then as network attached media player with low power consumption and system open for 3rd party software.

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