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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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OUYA

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 KozmoOchez on August 7, 2012

      YESSSS!!! XBMC ON MY TV FINALLY!!! And without having to do tedious modding like with Apple/Google TV.

    2. Creator Z-GRADT on August 7, 2012

      XBMC. Sweet. I don't need IR for that, as I'll be using my tablet as a remote ;). I was planning on getting some sort of media player on my Ouya anyway, since format support on the x360 is lousy.

    3. Creator Odie Arkayus on August 7, 2012

      I want to play games on my Ouya but the fact that you have OTHER companies porting over their current products to the Ouya while you develop the gaming side is great!

    4. Creator Timothy Roller on August 7, 2012

      It's...it's so wittwe! Awwww <3 :3

    5. Creator NatAlt on August 7, 2012

      That is a tiny console! Beautiful thing but afraid my mum might come round and think it's a posh coaster.

    6. Creator T.J. Brumfield on August 7, 2012

      I'm disappointed that backers have asked in the past few updates for a clarification on if the d-pad is final, and if there might be multiple configurations for a PS3 or XBox style analog joysticks. I personally hate the XBox style layout it looks like OUYA is using and believe there should be choice.

      Can we get a response? The controller is a vital part of what makes or breaks a console.

    7. Creator Michael Tucker on August 7, 2012

      To scale, I would definitely want the controller to be a little bit bigger. Everything else looks great

    8. Creator Greek Winter Media on August 7, 2012

      PLEASE get rid of the circular D-pad and put in a real one!

    9. Creator Andrew Green on August 7, 2012

      You realise these pictures a likely 3d renders with some Photoshop hands. But it is nice to see what it would be like.

    10. Creator Cory Westgate on August 7, 2012

      It's not too late to swap the left analog stick with the d-pad. ;P

    11. Creator Matt Combes on August 7, 2012

      I just noticed that you took our advice and at least changed the color of the "OUYA" buttons on the controller so that there is no longer a red "O" to get mixed up with the PS3 controller's red "O". I still think the placement of the letters is off (O should be the leftmost button, not the bottom one), but for at least changing the colors, THANK YOU.

    12. Creator Kilgary on August 7, 2012

      Your hand model must have been holding a PS3 controller (with it's side-by-side analog sticks) before you Photshopped in this render. His thumb positions don't make a lot of sense. Probably should have put a 360 controller (with its offset sticks) in his hands.

    13. Creator Chris Webb on August 7, 2012

      Keep it up, you guys and gals are seriously kicking ass.

    14. Creator Linh Nguyen on August 7, 2012

      @Garret I doubt overheating will be an issue given the hardware is essentially a Nexus 7 with the better Tegra3 chip. If it's not overheating in tablets and phones, a small box probably won't be an issue.

      I like the controller size from what I can tell.. but you can't judge anything until it's in your hands. I'm more worried it'll be cheap feeling like rip off xbox controllers.

      Agree on the RAM though. But, not being a dev, is it useful?

    15. Creator Daniel Grinton on August 7, 2012

      Garrett Szilard: It likely won't have the same heating issues as the other consoles. The hardware being used in this won't be generating that sort of heat in that amount of space.

    16. Creator Kilgary on August 7, 2012

      As one who's been banging the drum for XBMC (and a user since Xbox 1) I'd like to say Thank You for this update. A way to control XBMC with a standard remote would be a big plus. I've been using the IR dongle on the Xbox1 since day 1 and was glad to see the 360 came with an IR port. The PS3 was frustrating to control with a USB IR receiver. Fortunately, Logitech made a IR receiver that transmits control to the PS3 via Bluetooth. An IR receiver on Ouya would be ideal. A second USB port now seems like a must (since one port will surely be used for more storage already). Adapting the Logitech PS3 Bluetooth transmitter or using a smartphone to control xbmc over wifi seems like a possible, if somewhat less attractive, alternative.

    17. Creator cpace on August 7, 2012

      This system is sounding better and better cant wait to try it out

    18. Creator G-Man on August 7, 2012

      I'm not concerned with the size of the console, I'm concerned about over heating. Is this system going to see fail rates that of the Xbox360, the PS3 or the Wii or even less? Now seeing the OUYA controller in some hands, I'm a tad bit iff on the controller. I hope its not as small as I am thinking it is.

      I still wish to that this console had an extra gig of RAM so developers like Mojang can better optimize their Minecraft game for this console. We all know, OUYA is going to eventually get Minecraft. ; )

    19. Creator David on August 7, 2012

      Now this is a king of an announcement!!! Good job guys and like others have stated if possible IR for controllers would be awesome but if you can't its cool.

    20. Creator Brad Dancer on August 7, 2012

      Amazing and fantastic news congrats! One plea, don't completely forget about posting on kickstarter as many other projects have done. Many of us don't want to have to follow on another site. You don't need to post everything but periodic updates here on kickstarter after the campaign is done would be greatly appreciated.

    21. Creator Mark Walker on August 7, 2012

      I would love to see Plex there also. Having the choice to choose your media center solution would be a great asset in an open world.

    22. Creator Sean Jordan on August 7, 2012

      Very exciting news. I think the Ouya is going to be one of those products that becomes essential to anyone with the slightest interest in tech. Having such an open platform that's built for the TV is just too good to pass up, and even those of us who use PCs with our HD-TVs will be happy to have a more optimized way to handle all these interesting Android applications.

    23. Creator Matt Donaldson on August 7, 2012

      Excellent :o) Keep up the great work guys. You're lives are about to get very interesting !!

    24. Creator Nathan Caldwell on August 7, 2012

      im really excited for this. it looks slick and has a lot pf promise. im especially excited about the support OUYA is getting from Square-Enix. hopefully, they will produce an exclusive RPG for the system.

    25. Creator Ber on August 7, 2012

      Keep up the great work Julie, you're changing console gaming and I'm excited that I can be on board so early! :)

    26. Creator WereTiger on August 7, 2012

      I can't help but feel, every time something is announced that it will work on OUYA, that it's an existing Android product, and I'd half expect it to work anyhow. Gotta say, letting me use my OUYA as a media center too is definitely something I was REALLY looking forward to.

    27. Creator John M. Anthony on August 7, 2012

      I agree with you Jeffrey a better more precise D-pad should have been created. Hopefully it operates better than it looks in terms of gaming, i.e. the d-pad button of XBOX vs the d-pad of PS3 or Nintendo for more precise controls in both fighting games or whatever it is that we might be playing.

    28. Creator NiNJACQUES on August 7, 2012

      $7 MILLION BUCKS raised. That is amazing. CONGRATZ OUYA! I would love to see a breakdown of how many players per country pledged to this. I'm from South Africa, I wonder how many Africans pledged?

    29. Creator Sam Wright on August 7, 2012

      For the buttons, I think it would make the most sense to have OUYA read clockwise from the top, and maybe match colors to existing consoles since the layout is PS-like.

    30. Creator bug on August 7, 2012

      David: The colors are fine. You forget that they are now primarily referenced by letter.

      The d-pad needs careful consideration, though, I agree. If it's not obvious to the OUYA team, the problem with the 360's was wobble, i.e. accidentally pressing an adjacent direction when trying to aim for only one of them. That coupled with the lack of any tactile sense of direction will frustrate many many gamers.

    31. Creator Nick Higham on August 7, 2012

      Spotify would be awesome too!

    32. Creator Greek Winter Media on August 7, 2012

      So it looks like they're sticking with the terrible circular D-pad that was universally hated when they first unveiled it. Disappointing.

    33. Creator inchen on August 7, 2012

      that little green guy looks like he murdered the android guy and made a suit out of him XD

    34. Creator Florian Mätschke on August 7, 2012

      Dear Julie!

      Thank you very much for following my request of XMBC integrating to OUYA!

      This console is going to be great!

    35. Creator Rand Chua TL on August 7, 2012

      Wonder if we get YouTube later ^_^

    36. Creator noobiegameplayer on August 7, 2012

      Hi guys, I know it may be a bit late, but as you are so determined to get things right ... :)

      Can you make a Big Hands version of the controller ... some of us aren't 10 year olds and get hand cramp from squishing our hands together trying NOT to push two buttons at once ... :)

      No one else out there does different sized hand controllers ... but OUYA is NOT anyone else ...

      Looking forward to my limited edition brown Ouya and Controllers,

      Rob (the 47 year old Geek ...)

    37. Creator Luke Woolley on August 7, 2012

      Fuck yeah, XMBC is da shit!! THank you thank you thank you! Just managed my pledge up another $75 due do that fact :D

    38. Creator Rand Chua TL on August 7, 2012

      Good news for us ! We got games, now music n songs.

    39. Creator allaze-eroler on August 7, 2012

      that would be a good idea if you add physic support for ouya ! :D for example cartbridge like 3ds does. well, i guess it's against the free-to-play politic... who know ? :)

    40. Creator Anthony D'Angelo on August 7, 2012

      Is the Ouya going to have IR now to support XBMC remotes?

    41. Creator Jason on August 7, 2012

      I'll add to the chorus: please include an IR Receiver so that the OUYA can be controlled by universal remote controls. With XBMC it's going to be great for playing media - wouldn't want it to be hampered by relying on the gamepad for control.

    42. Creator David O'Neil on August 7, 2012

      I support the votes to switch the colors of the buttons. like it has been said, people are going to have the Xbox controller layout memorized, so if I see green I'm going to push the bottom button, red I'm going to push the right button, and so on.

    43. Creator Uwe on August 7, 2012

      Great news, go ahead! My wish: please please take care of the quality of the digi pad! Its so essential for retro gaming. The 360 controller does look similiar and has serious problems with it... all the best from germany!

    44. Creator John Davies on August 7, 2012

      Where is Ouya's headquarters located, how do we actually contact Julie directly?
      John Davies
      jdavies@transworldmarketing.com

    45. Creator ddbelyea on August 7, 2012

      These are still renderings with hands in them. They said that in the update. They can't very well start to build a final box without money. And they don't get money for another 38 hours. Just because the kickstarter says they have a lot of money, doesn't mean anything. They still have whatever money they had a month ago, minus all of the money they've spent in that month. It is very likely that they are treading water at this point just waiting for their big check. Considering everything they've been able to do with no money, I think we have a lot to work forward to in the next month.

    46. Creator Michel Visser on August 7, 2012

      @James Stillwell: thats true but most tv's outputs stereo on the optical output and no pass through.
      This why a dolby 5.1 game will be outputted stereo. the same is for movies.

    47. Creator Ninjabear on August 7, 2012

      The only thing about XBMC is it's a little slow. But I'm sure that it will be optimized for the Ouya.

    48. Creator zacH on August 7, 2012

      Still really hoping that the controller will get a few more tweaks... I don't mind having the dpad where it is, but I do hope we'll get a better cross, instead of the pad.

      Also, probably come up before, but about the buttons... wouldn't it make a lot of sense to have OUYA read left to right, so to speak? in other words, O and U as left and top, Y and A as bottom and right? Similar to how the 360 controller groups A and B, X and Y. Since we're basically saying OH YEAH when we read it, it also makes sense to break them up this way. In my opinion, at least.

      Anyway, I'm sure those things won't be altered, but it would be really excellent if they were. Really glad about XBMC, anyway. Congrats on the funding!

    49. Creator Lemuel Concepcion on August 7, 2012

      Sweet! OK, i'm drooling already for this! lol GO OUYA! WHOUYA KING? OUYA KING! (pun intended though delivery is weak ;-) )