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Cracking open the last closed platform: the TV.  A beautiful, affordable console -- built on Android, by the creator of Jambox.
Cracking open the last closed platform: the TV. A beautiful, affordable console -- built on Android, by the creator of Jambox.
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63,416 backers pledged $8,596,474 to help bring this project to life.


What a week. While continuing to work on making OUYA, and of course now managing our Kickstarter, we’ve received thousands of excited comments, pointed questions, and lots of encouragement. Thank you to our 35,418 backers. Conversations with you have been great—bringing out the best product we can bring.

A few things to share:

On the product side...
We spent yesterday with nVidia talking about our chips. The team is great and their support has been incredible. They’re working side by side with us, and they’ll help us maximize the performance of the Tegra 3 chipset we’re using.

We’ve been hearing your questions on everything from how you’ll discover games on OUYA (we’re focused on both discovery and curation), to whether we’ll have different symbols on the buttons for the color-blind (yes, we’ll need to address that), and whether or not we’ll have an Ethernet port (stay tuned on that), and much more. Feedback on our work in progress is one of the great things about Kickstarter. Keep sending your ideas and voicing your opinions—they matter to us.

Games! Today Meteor, the maker of Hawken (a great-looking upcoming free-to-play mech game), just pledged that they’re also in on OUYA. We’re really honored to have great gamemakers supporting OUYA. Thank you so much to the developers who reached out, we’re trying our best to be in touch with you -- we know we still owe a lot of you responses.

@markvlong -- ‪#ouya‬ A crowd sourced, open, indie, free to play console?! Count Meteor in!

And you game developers..
We know, we ran out of the developer rewards (it happened faster than expected!). We’ve assessed our ability to deliver and have refreshed both tiers of developer awards.

And we had a crazy idea—if folks are interested—we might consider a reward that would allow devs to start working from the raw circuit board at an even earlier date, allowing them to get a head start on development. And maybe we’d add one more level that gives you just the software—no early console. Tell us what you think

(Obviously, if you have the Android SDK, you know most of what you need to know -- we’ll just need to add in a few elements specific to OUYA—things like assets for promoting on the console and our payments API.)

So, there you have it, an update! Some games jumping on board, the scoop on the progress we’ve made with the product, and more rewards for developers. This is an early-stage project here, and we know we’ve got a lot to do. We are so grateful to have your support and we will do everything we can to thrill you with the results.

Back to work...




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    1. Cynthia Tschoepe on

      sd card or tegra4. Oh! Dropbox integration!

    2. Jeremy Holmes on

      No question, OUYA has to play kick start my heart once power button is engaged.....

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      Russell on

      I would love to see one of these 3 enhancements:
      1. sd card or sata
      2. IR
      3. tegra4

    4. Nick Cordova on

      HDMI connection to the TV, with support for up to 1080p HD <-- mmm, may cause me to have to buy a new TV

    5. Adrian Tai on

      any chance of...
      * motion sensors like those in Wii? i suck at those traditional controllers
      * more RAM (2GB)
      * free premium game that ships along with the console (not demo please) -- like Final Fantasy III, etc...

      also, what if we run out of internal storage (some games may require lots and lots of memory).

      what about the audio? 5.1?

      and, can this also be a media player? :D

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      realzob on

      i'm asking myself, why not using the tegra 4 chipset? (and 2Gigs of RAM?)
      (yeah, i'm a RAM freak, lol, even hoping for 4 Gigs :p)

      you've got far more money than expected, the tegra 4 could be out about the right time and it could give the OUYA a longer lifetime.
      cause if not mobile phone/tablets games will soon be technically ahead OUYA's ones.
      would it be that much more expensive?

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      Emil89 on

      "...whether we’ll have different symbols on the buttons for the color-blind (yes, we’ll need to address that)". Well, how about the letters 'O', 'U', 'Y' and 'A'?

    8. T.J. Brumfield on

      I'd really like to see the Playstation style layout where the analog joysticks are in parallel. Would it be possible to offer two designs of controllers and then let gamers choose what they're more comfortable with?

      I know Android supports other USB controllers. Could we just use other Android compatible controllers if we wish?

    9. Seth on

      @ people wanting more RAM

      the xbox 360 has 512 mb

      Ouya has 1gb

      that's clearly enough people.

    10. Daniel Brito on

      Nice, cool, I love to se an Exclusive racing game to

    11. Justin

      @ItsRaldi - Just test them on the PC. You'll be able to use the controller via PC as well.

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      Kevin on

      To add money for international shipping or a second controller you just raise the amount pledged from what it is (like the $99 for the system) by the additional amount (so if you want a second controller you'd raise it to $129)

    13. Brian Emerick on

      how do you "add $30 if you want a second controller"?

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      ItsRaldi on

      Just Pledged my $119 to get one shipped to the UK, now I've got until March to learn how to make a game for the damn thing haha.

      Just an idea, would it be worth making the console be able to connect to a pc by a usb cable or something so you could test games and stuff in real time without having to transfer files over all the time.

      And please add an ethernet port

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      Peter Lombardi on

      Please add an ethernet port to omit the chances of Lag!

    16. Quentin Saint-Georges on

      @Kofex: I'm totaly agree with you. I was talking about common users. As a user, I have to be patient until the release of the console and games. And as a developer, you have to be heard and you need answers. It's important, games make console. I'm currently working on a game (but it's to early to hope release it at the OUYA's launch date) and in you case i would be anxious too :)

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      Kofex on

      @Ducudufru: I saw that movie with those great indie developers, and I undestand your point of view as user, and I'm totally agree with it... but... think in the other part, when you see on the same movie that developer sending mails to Microsoft XBox team asking something and then cursing them because they don't give any answer... in example, I need to know how to get another console for a team member out of my country, that's an important point for me since $699 pledge are runnig out and I need to know if I should get another pledge or just add money to the actual pledge, and... I'm going to receive another game free published paying another $699 being the same company?
      In resume, I support this project since the first time I heard about it, I see this as a big opportunity and a revolution in video games industry. That's why I'm betting at it $700 and maybe even more, a big budget for an indie developer, at least for me... but when I see all that opportunity being risked because they don't answer any email from me...
      I don't want to judge them before they even have a final product, and they should take all the time needed for that, I'm just demanding some attention to the indie developers, something that would prove the difference between OUYA and the other companies.
      So... UPDATE please =)

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      Helge Volkening on

      BTW USB3.0 support possible ?

    19. Quentin Saint-Georges on

      But I'm agree with the developers who need specs for their games. They must be cherish, their games will make the success of OUYA.

    20. Quentin Saint-Georges on

      I don't understand why so many of you are complaining about the lack of updates. OUYA is on KS since a week and already have two. 21 days to go guys. The incredible success of the funding must have some repercussions about the goals, productivity and other stuff. I prefer they give us less updates, but with accurate and definitive objectives.
      It makes me think about what Phil Fish said about people complaining about Fez being delayed. He reply that he prefered work on the game than waste his time to make promo videos.
      I want news too, to know what my money goes for, but we must be patient. The console will be released on march (for the best), we can't have news everyday.

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      Kofex on

      Are we going to know hardware specs BEFORE project is funded, right?? and will you give us, developers, any answer to our emails, BEFORE funding right??

    22. Stefan Maton on

      @Chase Cobb: Same situation here. I've contacted them through the provided dev email and didn't get any feedback or even a "We got your mail". If they want to pull in experienced devs, they should at least answer those who have pledged for the developer tiers.

      The lack of updates is quite disturbing, too. Add this to the contradictory claims about the additional fundings (see Develop interviews), I'm getting suspicious about all this.

      So, as so many others have claimed: UPDATE, UPDATE, UPDATE...

    23. whitegreyblack on

      kartik, I think the FAQ on the front page might answer this - there will be a survey sent out in Sept 2012 to get your username preference.

    24. Kartik Mishra on

      I made a pledge for $119 ($99 pack with postage to Australia), but it hasn't asked me for my choice of username...

    25. Justin

      @Andrew - Open as in you can root the console then the hardware is yours to do as you please.

    26. Shane Zehnder on

      @Tom, AGREED! With this much on the line, this should be updated a LOT! 2 updates in over a week. Not a good sign...

    27. John Utke on

      @Andrew, they need to be approved to be part of their marketplace so they don't get sued. You can go develop whatever you want but if it won't be approved than you need to find some other way to distribute it.

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      Hassiel Utrera on

      geraldson,- the specs say up to 1080p ,chaces are they'll put an hdmi output or component cable on the thing
      andrew-prbly cause theres a governing body on whats allowed on games they rte them and such,so it stands to reason they wanna follow said regulations,that or they just wanna be involved in what goes in their console,who knows...
      tom-tottaly agree man! ouya folks it may be 99 of my bucks but 5mil definetly warrants more than 2 updates, and i mean that in the best way possible ,post some eye candy(pics of designs-folks in developig-or something )it be nice : ), on my end , really looking foward to march i wish you great success!!!!!

    29. Tom Greaux on

      5 million dollars deserves an update from you guys! You have to keep us up to date on this project. There's so much money on the line guys!

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      Andrew Ruth on

      if the system is open, why do you need to approve the games ? thats not really open. Are programs like mame going to be allowed on the system ? just curious as to how open it really is. As you talk about in the video about the open system in the past like apple ii or computers you would be able to run anything with out approval, so what gives ?

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      Geraldson Valme on

      is there going to be an hdmi port? will it be wifi accessable ad please if u can give us a list of all the FREE games thus far

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      Brian Docampo on

      awesome console and congrats on getting your funding. i think it would'nt be a good idea to stretch your goals to far, maybe stick to your ideas and keep it simple. you would'nt want to go into to many problems when manufacturing the consoles. focus on getting your ideas to work on the console and getting it mass manufactred.

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      H3llc0r3 on

      tegra-wayne would be awesome, it should be finished q3/q4 2012 and probably be available q1 2013

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      MBybee on

      I'm extremely excited about this project - not just for the games that are already on Android (hopefully many of which will work or be ported quickly), but because this could dramatically lower the bar for entry.
      Being a developer, I'm excited to try and get my games on here :)

    35. Markus Bordihn on

      I love the idea of the console very much. But it would be great to upgrade / pimp the main unit a little bit.

      As you know the XBox 360 supporting 1080p as well, but you will notice that some games are not fun to play in 1080p and you need to switch back to 720p instead.

      So it would be great to make sure that this would not be the same case for this console as well.
      I mean 1 GB is for good textures or game information to small, better would be 2 GB or 4 GB instead.

      The same for the CPU if a game is not optimized for Tegra 3 the CPU needs to do most of the calculation so maybe you can use a "Tegra 4" (Tegra-Wayne) instead of "Tegra 3" to make sure you have the best performance for console.
      If only a Tegra 3 would be possible, please make sure that it is the fastest version.

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      bobbintb on

      im really excited for this but ultimately the success depends on game developers. googletv kind of went down because content providers refused to support it, despite all the potential it had. i realize its not exactly the same thing but i fear the same may happen here if there arent enough good games and developers on board.

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      Michael Starling on

      Any chance of a tweak/change to the standard game pads?

      I think the inclusion of a touch pad is good, but what would be ideal IMO would be a small touch *screen* - even a low-res one. The Dreamcast VMU was ahead of its time and too low-res; the WiiU's pad is too big/expensive; the SmartGlass tech nice but too "separate" from the primary controller; the PS3+PSVita too expensive and overkill. But the idea of a small personal screen for item selections, private moves in strategy/board/card games, etc. would be fantastic, and another way I think OUYA could stand out in a great way from the other consoles.

      I understand that the console's openness would allow for someone to potentially make a controller as I describe above later, but there's huge value in having it standard, so every developer knows they can use it.

      Thanks for your consideration, and keep up the great work. I look forward to future updates on the project status. :)

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      Kaostheory on

      If i am not mistaken, this is the first game console that is openly taking suggestions from the backers, and is displaying its progress in making the game system online. I just wanted to say that this is AMAZING to be able to track the progress of OUYA online as it is going through its development stages. With all the amazing feedback and the effort of the OUYA team to work with us to create the kind of console we want, I'm just speechless. With the incredible amount of support people have clearly shown for OUYA, I'm confident this is going to be a great game system for people who are desperate for a platform that allows developers to display their great ideas to the world without having to be apart of the multimillion dollar game development company. Thank you OUYA!

    39. whitegreyblack on

      I sure hope some future update will have actual firm developer & game support info, rather than just posting positive off-the-cuff tweets from developers and saying "they're in!". That comes off as ambiguous at best, disingenuous at worst.

      I was surprised to find out that the bulk of the games featured prominently in the pitch video were all from Madfinger games but there's nothing said about whether their games such as Shadowgun & Dead Trigger will even be on the system. Securing these games for launch would be a real boost for the system, in my opinion.

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      Kofex on

      I'm an indie developer and someone of the team lives in another country, I have sent a message to you OUYA TEAM, some days ago, $699 license/rewards are running out and I need to know if I should buy another one for the other teammate so he gets another console, and would that give us another game promoted even if we are the same company?.

      You told us to support your project and here we are, but there are a lot of points that make no sense in it and we need your answers now!

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      Tommy Lambert on

      Will it be possible to open the box and add RAM by ourself? If so, this will be SO GREAT!!! Will the box (coponents) can be upgrade easily? Is it possible to know more about specs (wich kind of RAM, HDD and so on?) to prepare ourself?

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      Jason Tokarz on

      Definately needs more storage. Ethernet would be a very welcome addition.

      Ouya should team up with XBMC. This will make a fantastic XBMC box.

    43. M4SSD3STRUCT10N on

      Hi, I pledged the $225 option and rounded up to aprx. 200€! I did that 'cause I want that concole-sdk-dev-kit-thing! What an amazing idea! Here in the ancient europe never ever one supports that kind of thing. I had the same idea like you last month and then heard of your progress and project on 'kickstarter'. Well I think too that there's potential upward regarding the current specsbut I also know that changing things last minute is never a good idea! Optimize the process and really add only things like RAM and HDD capacity. 8GB HDD, guys come on - that was not serious, was it?

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      Pietro on

      Great job, great idea....well done!

    45. Justin

      Estimated Delivery: Sep 2012

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      Brandon Colestock on

      This looks amazing!! But when exactly do we reserve our username??

    47. Russell Stewart Ekin on

      yea 2gigs would make me feel alot better

    48. Justin

      Something has to be on the controller for color blind people. Here's an idea, OLED buttons! Choose whatever you want on them yourself! That should be cheap.

    49. Tommy Gun on

      Instead of naming the buttons something new (like O-U-Y-A), what if the user could choose from a few sets in the options? I'm the most used to Xbox ABXY, but PS people might prefer X O square triangle. Then whenever the button prompt comes up on screen, it would display your "icon set." (Doesn't matter what's on the controller, because anyone changing them wouldn't be looking at the controller.)