OUYA Game Console Project Raises 85 Million Funding At Kickstarter

It is just never easy to keep a good idea down. When its a great idea, people tend to get interested. If its a very great idea, people may even be willing to spend money just to help get that very great idea exist for people to touch, see and experience. This is probably what happened to the OUYA Game Console project at Kickstarter, which just ended a successful funding run that reached an incredible 8.5 million in just a month.

Yes, it seems that Kickstarter has become the source of venture funds for companies with very great ideas. And OUYA is one of them. The project involves the development of an open platform gaming console designed for those neglected TV’s at home.

With smartphones and tablets becoming the hottest gadgets around, it has led many of the best game developers to create and design apps for them. It has left the game console market suffer considerably, partly due to the closed system that most of the popular gaming consoles still employ. This is about to change with the arrival of OUYA.

OUYA will be designed as an open platform gaming console developed using Android. Since it is an open platform, developers will be free to develop games for the device, much like game apps for the portable devices of today. But this time, the new games are playable on the TV, with the benefit of having a larger screen to play them. The only provision is that developers are required to provide a free game version of the games developed on the OUYA.

The OUYA is designed to be affordable and open that developers can even modify the device as much as they wish. The controllers are designed to offer the best possible experience during gameplay. It is in no way just a so-so device since the console will feature a Tegra3 Quad core Processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB storage, HDMI connector, WiFi and Bluetooth support as well as wireless controllers. Partnerships with other companies will ensure that the new open platform gaming console will have other features than just being limited to games. Truly an exciting device borne out of a great idea, the OUYA is expected to be available to the early Kickstarter backers in March. The lucky first backers may get the OUYA console and controller with their US$ 95 contribution. The device may probably cost more than than when it eventually becomes available on retail.

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