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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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Cue the global countdown: less than 40 hours to go, we've got global news to share

With fewer than 40 hours remaining in our Kickstarter campaign, it’s still business as usual at OUYA headquarters. We continue to jam on the task at hand, but we’ve got four quick announcements to share with you in this update.

First: We’ve been hearing requests from all over the Internet for a media player. Well we’re proud to announce that we will be working with XBMC.

That’s right. The award-winning, open source media player and entertainment hub is coming to OUYA. We’ve heard many of you buzzing about a potential OUYA-XBMC hook-up since Day One of launch. (Something of a match made in open source heaven!) Now, with a few hours left in our drive, we’re delivering.

Believe it, friends: XBMC, on OUYA, on your TV, legit.

Here it is, straight from the XBMC team:

Maybe it was inevitable. Maybe it was because of the hundreds, if not thousands, of demands on Twitter, in blogs, on Facebook, in Reddit, and in Kickstarter comments. Maybe it's because many of Team OUYA support XBMC, and nearly a third of Team XBMC members are OUYA backers.

Regardless, we are delighted to announce that XBMC will be working with OUYA to ensure that XBMC works well on the OUYA platform. OUYA's Android underpinnings and XBMC's work on Android (soon to be merged into master, pending final sign-offs!) will dramatically speed up that effort, as will early XBMC dev access to OUYA prototypes.

The conversation between our two teams is young, but talk is ongoing and positive. We look forward to providing more exciting news on this front as it develops.

- Nathan Betzen, XBMC Community Manager

And to our friends outside the US: we hear you. XBMC runs in over 40 different languages.

But that’s not all.

We’re boosting our radio reception around the world. We’ve partnered with TuneIn, a free service that lets people listen to the world's music, sports and news from wherever they are. With over 70,000 stations and two million on-demand programs, TuneIn offers unmatched variety for listeners across 230 countries and territories.

Enough of the tell and tell, we’ve also got some show and tell: That’s right! New renders for you. Eager to answer your questions about the size of OUYA, the team at fuseproject created some images to demonstrate the scale of the console and controller. Scroll down to check them out.

And, I guess I will end this update on a housekeeping note. Throughout our run on Kickstarter, our campaign page has served as the official OUYA information resource. After the campaign closes, we will unveil a new OUYA site at that will serve as OUYA central moving forward.

So with that, I’d like to thank you all once more for believing in this project and supporting it from the beginning. Again, we only have a handful of hours remaining, so please tell your friends about what we’re trying to do here. It’s your support that makes OUYA possible.


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    1. Missing avatar

      Draicwing on August 8, 2012

      You are GREAT - XBMC on the OUYA will be my favorite App! Thank you for reading the many requests from users.

    2. Tom Neale on August 8, 2012

      Maybe have a vote/survey for the button positions. I'd still like to see them go. Left O up U right Y down A

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      KageNoOni on August 8, 2012

      @Rollence I'm not sure what the problem is. As stated by Patrick, if you really want that special colored Ouya, you can simply up the amount you're pledging. If you aren't willing to pledge that extra $41, you probably wouldn't have been willing to pledge it then either. Although, if you would have, I'm left to wonder why then, but not now? One thing to note is that the alt-color Ouya does not have an upper limit to how many people can claim that pledge level. You are by no means locked out of choosing it, nor will you be locked out until the campaign itself ends.

    4. Hilton Wichwski Silva on August 7, 2012

      @Ry You be able everything you want but need to wait for hackers.

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      Patrick Smith on August 7, 2012

      Couldn't you just switch to the 140$ one? And I don't see how there is much risk as you had how much time to back out of backing ouya (and still do btw). Awesome development btw, and love the pictures.

    6. Adrian Tai on August 7, 2012

      whoa! that console box looks really small. the controller looks really small too...

    7. Rollence on August 7, 2012

      Ouya, I'd like a response regarding my concern regarding your pricing and release timing of the Limited Edition of your console.

      I said that there *is* a cost, however hidden or small, assumed by the backers who were in on this project at the very beginning. Ouya's decision to release the limited edition steps around the original buyers without any sort of incentive or reward whatsoever - basically performing a bait-and-switch to the individuals who were absorbing most of the initial Kickstarter risk of this project to begin with.

      I am trying to avoid sounding over-entitled, but I feel that this group of people do deserve something by way of acknowledgement from Ouya. Does anyone else feel similarly?

    8. Tony Rayo on August 7, 2012

      Very nice to see XBMC officially on OUYA. Also Kayrajh, Valve already has an Android app for Steam (basically lets you chat with friends and see what they are up to), so it's just a matter of them creating an OUYA wrapper.

    9. Florence L
      on August 7, 2012

      I like the size! mostly because I am a pack rat o.o but it also looks cute :) I wonder if we can builder a bigger size later on.

    10. Michael Stum on August 7, 2012

      It's a lot smaller than I thought, I hope it has a bit of weight to it so that inflexible HDMI Cables don't lift it off the table. But looks good!

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      Kayrajh on August 7, 2012

      It would be awesome to be able to log on steam on the OUYA

    12. Ry on August 7, 2012

      Cannot wait, will I be able to set XBMC to autoboot? And will I be able to launch Ouya programs from XBMC?

    13. Sheldon Towey on August 7, 2012

      XMBC on Ouya? Here's hoping it comes with a wide codex base ... and the ability to stream media from other devices on my network ... because if so this will save me building a second PC to serve media!

      So glad I got in on this. Well worth $140 + Shipping and 2nd controller!

    14. Joe Vasquez on August 7, 2012

      Will Ouya be limited to what it can decode?

    15. John Dunn on August 7, 2012

      XBMC was the seller for me! so excited

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      LowSky on August 7, 2012

      Just because you added XBMC I added $30 more to my pledge. I can't wait for OUYA!
      This week I had my original PS3 controller from 2007 die on me. At first I was thinking of replacing it, and then I thought, I'm wasting my time. I'm the only one who plays my PS3 and its rarely used for anything else because its loud and makes the room hot. So Here's to you guys at OUYA! Hopefully this system is released on time and working well. For $129 I might be asking for a lot but then again my $400 PS3 is just collecting dust these days because I find it too annoying to use.

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      Prizm on August 7, 2012

      XBMC - this is great news. Ever since Boxee left their users high and dry, I've been looking for an easy-to-use alternative. If I can do it all with Ouya, that makes things even better.
      I've noticed that the money raised has jumped significantly in the last 24 hours - I wonder if that was due to the XBMC announcement? And I noticed a lot more people signed up for the brown console overnight as well.

    18. Scott Walker on August 7, 2012

      XBMC will be nice, as it will work with my existing MythTV setup.

      Have to agree with Robert; please concentrate on OUYA as a video game console! The "big guys" are wanting to be the DRM-ridden, locked-down, we-control-all-you-see-and-hear home entertainment centers, and all they are doing is annoying those of us who want a video game console to just play games, and do that well! Every time I turn on my 360, I am aggravatingly reminded that I pay as much as $60 a year to have more and more advertising, more and more "revenue streams" and "monetized items", and less and less of what I have a 360 for: to play games! Please don't let OUYA fall into this same trap.

      And, I'd still like to beat the "Please upgrade to Android 4.1!!!!!" drum, from the standpoint of 4.1's much improved handicap accessibility features. I have a special interest in that (accessibility for the deaf and blind), because my wife has Usher's Syndrome, and even with that handicap, she still wants to play video games. With Android 4.1, game developers have a shot at venturing into the market with more accessible games. Android 4.1 powered OUYA, please!

    19. Darren Wade on August 7, 2012

      Am I the only person who scaled the picture of the exploded version of the box to come up that it was a 3 inch cube? I figured everyone and their dog already knew the size. Heck I was going to use a 3d rapid prototype machine to print myself out a copy to show off to people to peak their interest (and possibly get more backers), but ran out of time trying to model it as a single solid such that it would use the least amount of material.

      The controller looks a little cheesier than I had hoped now that I see it in someone's hands.

      As for XBMC... Nice addition. I left Plex on the Mac a couple of years ago when they stopped making it easy to organize content that wasn't tagged correctly. XBMC is cleaner, faster and easier to use IMHO. No guessing what the mouse does or how to make it work correctly... it just works like so many other things on my Mac.

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      DashXero on August 7, 2012

      I just realized something... We still haven't seen the shoulder buttons/triggers!

    21. Robert DeBusk on August 7, 2012

      I have a thousand other devices that access Netflix. Please focus on video games. I don't need another media player or PC.

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      Robert DiRosato on August 7, 2012

      I agree with Andy though I would never pull my support... Netflix, a web browser, and a keyboard and this ouya will be Hugh!

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      DashXero on August 7, 2012

      THE CONSOLE IS THE SIZE OF A HUMAN FIST?! You know what, I'm gonna shut my mouth size has never been an indicator for anything in the past.

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    25. Tommy Frössman on August 7, 2012

      XBMC terrific.. but where's the PLEX support ? :(

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      Brenden Gansner on August 7, 2012

      @Jamie Buckland - Blue Tooth 3.0 uses very little battery power. Expect MONTHS of use out of standard Alkaline batteries before replacing.

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      AndrewEvans on August 7, 2012

      can we get a 360 image of both the counsel and the controller?

    28. Kat Swales on August 7, 2012

      @Jamie it looks like the lit up button will be some sort of either homescreen, or menu button

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      Clinton Munn on August 7, 2012

      I think the Ouya is great, however, like anything else, there are concerns..

      My only worry is that mobile hardware is evolving at an near light speed pace.. 1 or 2 years from now, the Ouya's hardware may not be able to keep up with the latest handsets, especially if mobile devices are equipped with HDMI ports that allow you to display your handsets screen in real time and not just for media.

      But who really knows what they have in store for us, i guess we'll just have to wait and see!

    30. Jamie Buckland on August 7, 2012

      Don't know it the developers actually read these, but I would like to add my voice to the controller discussion. I dont really mind where the dpad and sticks are, but can we PLEASE have either a usb rechargable battery pack on the controller, or at least can the battery pack be made interchangable with xbox360/ps3 rechargable battery pack? I hate having to scramble round for a spare pair of batteries when in the middle of a game. And I've noticed the controller doesnt have menu buttons like other controller. Just wondering how in game and console menus without these. Thanks!

    31. Jen Bauer on August 7, 2012

      Every update shows more and more that this was a good investment for my family. XMBC will be great!

    32. B1-66ERDK on August 7, 2012

      actually optical audio would be great :)

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      Eduardo Pinto on August 7, 2012

      This is music to my ears, My favorite HTPC Program now, without PC connected Eternally. Android, Huge Screen, Games, and a heck of GUI, I hope it comes with cookies and milk :P

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      Demos Antonopoulos on August 7, 2012

      XBMC, wonderful, goodbye Apple TV. Could you guys possibly include an optical audio out port for those of us that have older Amps, and maybe a MicroSD slot for storage expansion? Thanks for you're great work, I'm happy to invest in ideas like this.

    35. Zainab Al-Ansari on August 7, 2012

      looks a bit...tiny, lol
      looks cute xD

      first time I hear bout XBMC, gonna try it out, looking gd so far

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      Caleb on August 7, 2012

      holy shit its small, its smaller then the game cube

    37. Ber on August 7, 2012

      Seconding the request for a final consolidation update with dot points of all partners and announcements. Also maybe a rough count of how many game devs you are in talks with eg 'we are in discussions with over 100 game devs at the moment'. It will be great place to link latecomers to the project.

    38. TSCTH on August 7, 2012

      Nice. OUYA is gonna rock the console world. ^^ Sony and Microsoft don't stand a chance. ^^
      Quick question: Have you thought about joining forces with the guys behind The Pocket PC (another Android project here on Kickstarter) and get their Air Remote to work with OUYA? It could give us a full keyboard, which would be highly useful in online gaming. ^^

    39. Evan S on August 7, 2012

      Hey Ouya team, is there any way to have the option for a second controller be the rich brown color despite opting for the white/silver Ouya?

    40. Michael Fralin on August 7, 2012

      I admit that I know nothing about this sort of technology, so I was very pleasantly surprised to see that the console is 10 times smaller than the average--just the other day I was wondering where the hell I was going to put it once it arrives. Thank you in advance for making my life a little easier!

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      Kyle on August 7, 2012

      I was thinking of buying a console, but I have a question. Will the Ouya API include support for native languages like C? I ask because Android's native interface comes through the NDK, and for the NDK to work properly on the Ouya, I suspect many additions will have to be made (albeit minor).

    42. Roel van der Zanden on August 7, 2012

      What Richard said! Adding a digital audio output to this machine could make it really interesting for the serious home cinema freaks. That and convincing the XBMC crew to put the PVR version on would be awesome! ( is from one of the developers and has some really nice XBMC-pvr builds)
      That would make me throw out my HTPC and force anybody who's into movies/series to get a OUYA... ;)

    43. Muk on August 7, 2012

      Optical out...why not just get a USB solution for it? Keep costs down, allow for those who use optical (since most don't)

    44. Aureliano Fazio Baiz on August 7, 2012

      This is awesome.
      I'm so pumped, can't wait for this!

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      Richard Batten on August 7, 2012

      Sooo happy to hear about the XBMC efforts. I knew it would come but glad it's happening so soon.
      Now if only there was a digital audio output on the Ouya it would be a proper media center capable machine.

      Please! you added ethernet, can you also add digital audio out?
      Can be coax or optical :)

    46. bonmot on August 7, 2012

      @S D Jack Houston's Lucky # 13
      Well it's great for you that they have already announced support for XBMC. We're requesting a relatively minor addition with Plex. With both platforms on board, you'd get users which like to play under the hood (XBMC) and users which want a more simplified, yet elegant experience (Plex). I think for a time I was even running both on my Mac at the same time and pointing to the same NAS shares. Plex is certainly going more mainstream than XBMC, with support from ROKU, Samsung and LG TVs etc.

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      Matt on August 7, 2012

      Holy tiny! Is that about the actual system size? lol

    48. TerrahTee on August 7, 2012

      Size of the controller looks great. :D I was worried it would look bigger. Guess we'll see the final result in hand. Console is about what I expected. My fiance pledged for the developer kit but I just had to throw in an extra $25 yesterday. Can't wait for this!

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      Aleksander on August 7, 2012

      I want to see this make it to 8 million!

      Also the new XBMC graphic is thousands times better than the first one this morning lol!