Wednesday 5 June 2013

OUYA Crowdfunded Gaming Console Makes its Début

The Gazette would like to welcome a new contributor, Janelle Pierce. As well as enjoying learning and writing about crowdfunding Janelle is passionate about seeing people succeed and absolutely loves backing projects in the areas of art, cinema, and game making. In her spare time Janelle enjoys the great outdoors and spends time with her friends and family while camping. Welcome Janelle.

On August 9th, 2012 OUYA, the world’s first crowdfunded gaming console, was successfully funded via crowdfunding on Kickstarter. With an original funding target of $950,000 the OUYA raised nearly $8.6 million dollars from over 63,000 backers. The OUYAis the world’s first open source game console, and runs on the JAVA programming language. It will be launched onto the market from 25 June 2013. 

Unlike most other computer or console manufacturers, the brains behind OUYA encourage people to “hack” their hardware. As such they do not void the warranty for rooting the unit and publicly encourage you to “open” the box and mess around.

The Specs for the OUYA are as follow;
  • NVIDIA Tegra3 Quad-Core Processor
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 8 GB of Internal Flash Storage
  • HDMI Connection with 1080p Support
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth LE 4.0
  • 1x USB 2.0
  • 1x Ethernet
Despite OUYA’s initial mixed reviews I am very excited about the pending release of this console, not so much for what it is but rather, what it represents. The console market has long been dominated by the three major players Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo. The release of the OUYA looks set to change face of the market as one aspect of the OUYA is its open source operating system, which means individuals can do almost anything with it. An additional benefit is that OUYA’s makers do not require games to be licensed and are not charging for the Software Development Kits. This allows more developers to create games and apps for the OUYA.

The OUYA is a great example of the possibilities of how crowdfunding can benefit a startups, entrepreneurs, and  inventors. It is an exciting idea that resonates with people in a real way. With the release of the OUYA later this month the console market will undergo a radical change possibly losing its reputation of being as a closed market.

Image Credit; Karvan

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