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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.

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 www.ouya.tv 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.

-Julie

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    1. Creator EXhale1N on August 7, 2012

      I've joined KickStarter just to "back" this project... and now I wish even more that the shipment was not so 'expensive' (SA customs still adds $$ to get their profit). So I hope that the Ouya will reach our shores.
      And if the picture above is the actual size... ME WANTS ITS MORES!!!!! OUYA!

    2. Creator Steve Guns on August 7, 2012

      Like everyone says: hope ther'es an easy way to connect a remote, preferably my universal one (harmony). With the XBMC news my popcorn hour will probably be thrown out, if the Ouya does a good job :)

    3. Creator ShinKagato on August 7, 2012

      I didnt actually realise just how tiny the Ouya console is, im glad, will be easy to hide in the entertainment system without my girlfriend getting annoyed. XBMC is a great addition to an already exciting line up, cant wait to get this console next to my TV.

    4. Creator Even Skjervold on August 7, 2012

      That controller looks way too small to me, and I have fairly small hands for a guy. Lowering my pledge from the console with two controllers until I get a chance to see it in person

    5. Creator S.D. on August 7, 2012

      Completely unthrilled about Plex... no open-source frontend means no Linux frontend... hence I've no interest. A lightweight HD frontend using XBMC on Linux with a MythTV backend is far more exciting, and now our OUYA consoles can easily replace a much larger, hotter, and louder box that was once tethered to our televisions.

    6. Creator Muk on August 7, 2012

      I'm so glad this thing will help burn out the Apple TV revolution that could have happened. Lets hope this thing gets LOTS of traction and keep the "big guys" on their toes.

    7. Creator bonmot on August 7, 2012

      Plex is already available on Android, whereas XBMC is still in development, so I'm thinking it should be relatively easy to ensure compatibility with Ouya. After all the Equiso project has announced Plex support and it will be shipping in August (allegedly). I'm thrilled that XBMC will make it on Ouya (along with all of its benefits), but don't stop there. Plex too!

    8. Creator Kilgary on August 7, 2012

      One great feature about XBMC: AirPlay. You can already play video and music to XBMC wirelessly from a iOS device to a TV via XMBC over wifi. One thing not yet available on XMBC: AirPlay cloning. Hopefully they'll add this feature by March 2013. Would love to be able to play Real Racing 3 from my iPad to my TV via Ouya! Ouya seems to be evolving into everything I wished an AppleTV would've been - OnLive player, XMBC player, game player. I'm very excited to see what the coming 6 months bring!

    9. Creator Muk on August 7, 2012

      Really glad to see XBMC. Lots of people want PLEX but the problem is PLEX needs a host computer to run 24/7 and doesn't make it scalable like XBMC which is standalone (which is ideal for us who have external hard drives built for it) but also allows host computers.

    10. Creator Chris on August 7, 2012

      @ Kelci Erne - please remember that those of us with big hands do exist. I'm not upset at all
      , but at 6'5" I'm just offering a friendly reminder that "function over style" is subjective. The controller is a tad smaller than I was hoping for, but I'm sure I'll manage. I made it through the NES era ok.

    11. Creator Augustine Von Freiburg on August 7, 2012

      Not sure if I missed it but, are there buttons on the 'top' of the controller where the index fingers rest?

    12. Creator Jon "MrSnowJr" Snow on August 7, 2012

      I was wondering if the Controller was too small XD But from looking at Kelci Erne's comment I guess this is the perfect size for the OUYA.

    13. Creator Chris on August 7, 2012

      Michael: Thank you for the info. I've never personally used XBMC and was unaware of it's cross platform network capabilities.

    14. Creator Kelci Erne on August 7, 2012

      I'm glad the controller isn't some giant monstrosity that only people with huge hands can hold comfortably. That's my main complaint with standard consoles these days, the controller is huge - I have smallish hands so I have to be constantly shuffling the thing in my grip to reach all of the buttons/etc. Thank you for function over style.

    15. Creator Gaurav on August 7, 2012

      One good news after other... my best decision to be a backer!

    16. Creator Shyne on August 7, 2012

      I love TuneIn, I love XBMC, I love Android, I love Ouya & I love Julie too! Best wishes & Cheers to all my fellow Ouya's! PS: I love the thought of a "Companion Cube" addition, that'd be sweet!

    17. Creator Dave Lokey on August 7, 2012

      ecstatic to hear that OUYA and XBMC teamed up. i'll definitely be ordering 3-4 more of these (lol honestly....probably even more then that once i expose them to friends/family) on top of the one i already pre-ordered once i confirm that things work smoothly with my first one!

    18. Creator James Rank on August 7, 2012

      Every time I look around the OUYA gets better. A project that takes their community and backers seriously...so glad to be a backer.

    19. Creator Andrew Wooldridge on August 7, 2012

      Wonder if they will team up with Valve to have a "Companion Cube" edition :)

    20. Creator Emil Lundberg on August 7, 2012

      For the sake of discussion, I don't agree with the "O on the left" people. From my perspective, the bottom and left buttons are likely to be the ones most frequently used, in that order. At least that is my experience from playing SNES and Xbox 360, probably because those two buttons are easy to reach simultaneously. Though I expect it will be simple for developers to allow players to re-map the buttons. Anyway, it makes sense to me to have the first letters occupy the most used buttons.

    21. Creator Mike Dougherty on August 7, 2012

      Okay... that's smaller than I thought it was = P It's like a netbook all crammed down into a square because it doesn't have a built-in keyboard or screen. Awesome. That's grab 'n go size.

    22. Creator M4SSD3STRUCT10N on August 7, 2012

      A genuine size! I like this more'n'more (currenty listening to happy hardcore). XBMC, size, software, controller, the hardware in general. Can't wait to get my OUYA with my username etched. Perhaps I buy the Kinect-thing and then train it to work with gestures seen in 'Minority Report'. A-W-E-S-O-M-E piece of open hardware!

    23. Creator Frank Talbot on August 7, 2012

      +1 for the IR sensor, or even an option to buy a remote with our pledges. Since it's no longer a video games console, maybe you should think about some kind of remote options. I'll probably use the OUYA to replace my WD HDTV Live and will keep a real video games console on that TV (instead of keeping the WD and replacing the console like I wanted when I first heard about this). Great update, I've given up on the idea of gaming on this thing but I'm glad this is now a decent media player.

    24. Creator dakewa parada on August 7, 2012

      c: oh yeah, limited!

    25. Creator Emil Magnell on August 7, 2012

      Nice, now do a partnership with Plex team too.. we need Plex on OUYA!

    26. Creator Marc Vega on August 7, 2012

      Omgosh!!! The ouya is so tiny and cute!! Hahaha

    27. Creator Jack S Wolfie on August 7, 2012

      It's much cheaper and more efficient to be compatible with existing IR platforms than it is to invent a new one and then get it to market.

    28. Creator Alex Walsh on August 7, 2012

      @Prairiedillo - Its got bluetooth - so you could technically hack any remote to work with it - but yes I agree with you 100% - a OUYA remote control would be awesome with this XBMC Pairing.... perhaps XBMC could get an official XBMC Bluetooth Remote designed that would interface with the OUYA.... I run XBMC in my home now and I am SO happy that this partnership has happened!!!

    29. Creator zmonkey on August 7, 2012

      Ok, so I lied. I said I was happy with just an ethernet port, but with this new announcement, I think there has to be some sort of IR receiver option, preferably built in, as anything else is going to require a USB port, and I'm not sure how far we'll be able to stretch the ones we already have. So, that's my new wish: IR Receiver or a fairly decent interface for one (USB port in the front would do the trick). All of us XBMC lovers out there know just how wonderful XBMC becomes with a fully functioning universal remote. :D Anyway, great news all around! Thanks to XBMC and the OUYA team for coming together in support of this project. It definitely puts this console in a whole new category!

    30. Creator Wasatch Games on August 7, 2012

      @Salvador: Your link needs an 's' at the end. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Ouya_games

    31. Creator Roberto Carvalho on August 7, 2012

      At the beginning the project sounded good already, with XBMC joining though that was all i needed to backer this project!!! AWESOME

    32. Creator Jacek Muszyński on August 7, 2012

      @Prairiedillo Right! :)

    33. Creator Michael Webb on August 7, 2012

      XBMC and TuneIn in one update, this is what I like to see! TuneIn has so much more content than other live radio apps out there. And XBMC, one of the best open source projects available! Thanks to everyone on team OUYA, XMBC, and TuneIn!

    34. Creator Prairiedillo on August 7, 2012

      two words... REMOTE CONTROL! It should be easy and yet another way to sell more hardware... accessories are a big part of the console business.

    35. Creator Marco on August 7, 2012

      The controller looks awesome, and adding XBMC is amazing. Thanks for listening to the community! :D

    36. Creator Salvador Hernandez on August 7, 2012

      For everyone complaining about games, there's a decent list on Wikipedia. And obviously once devs get their hands on a kit, things will really start rolling.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Ouya_game

      And please don't change the buttons, color or letters. I think they're perfect the way they are. A good way to help set yourself apart from the other console makers. Plus it's pretty trivial, I think more important concerns should be addressed.

    37. Creator Marcus Wilhelm on August 7, 2012

      Nice to see that the "O" is now blue and the "A" is red :) Thanks!!! Now it is perfect and everyone should stop crying for a 360 or PS3 layout :)

    38. Creator Quinn Palmer on August 7, 2012

      Congratulations on all the success! However having Plex on the OUYA would make this an unbeatable platform. XBMC is nice, but Plex is the best :)

    39. Creator Keith on August 7, 2012

      That's small enough to be a single handed blunt weapon. I love it!

    40. Creator James Floyd Kelly on August 7, 2012

      Team, when you hit the 24 hour mark would you PLEASE consider a consolidation update that collects in a bullet list all of the 3rd party supporters, app developers, services, etc. that have been signed on since the project started? It will make it very easy for us to tweet and/or blog about the project during the last 24 hours and provide to our friends/followers a nice summary of all the BIG reasons to back this project. The updates have been great, but a bullet list with short explanations and a link to either original update or the app/service in general would be appreciated!

    41. Creator Brandon Gabbard on August 7, 2012

      second on that Plex integration!

    42. Creator Neeraj Verma on August 7, 2012

      i still prefer something like airplay to select video or music from android phone or tablet and beam it to console.

    43. Creator Neeraj Verma on August 7, 2012

      i still prefer something like airpplay to select video or music from android phone or tablet and beam it to console.

    44. Creator bonmot on August 7, 2012

      Good job on the XBMC announcement. That's a solid product. Next, Plex integration please.

    45. Creator Teku Studios on August 7, 2012

      Audio output, plz!

    46. Creator Tiago Freitas on August 7, 2012

      Now integrate XBMC interface in Ouya interface, so we don't have to open a separate app and the video/music/game library is integrated. Then it would be perfect!

    47. Creator Christopher G. Morin on August 7, 2012

      Can't wait to get mine !

    48. Creator Andreas on August 7, 2012

      XBMC makes this a perfect HTPC in my eyes and makes this my first pledge, go go OUYA!

    49. Creator kickdababy on August 7, 2012

      Please add optical or coax audio out!
      TuneIn and XBMC are great but without a digital out I need to buy an adapter for about 50€. (Or a new receiver for 350€.)

      IR receiver on the front would be awesome. So I could use my universal remote.

      Awesome project though!

    50. Creator Anthony on August 7, 2012

      Hope tomorrow's update is about games again. Still super excited about the Final Fantasy III update.