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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. Walt on August 7, 2012

      Excellent news. I backed the Ouya because it was going to be an open Android box capable of doing most anything from media streamer to gaming. I can't wait to see what's next.

    2. Michael Davidson on August 7, 2012

      I've heard Shadowrun Online will be available on the Ouya console but what about Shadowrun Returns that was announced here on Kickstarter? Will it be available on Ouya?

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      Eric Garff on August 7, 2012

      +1 on the infra red sensor

    4. Graciela Gamboa on August 7, 2012

      The size is just right to travel with. I won't need an extra backpack for it. Nice.
      The controller may be a bit smaller than I thought, but as most of us are also used to play in portable devices it should'nt be much of a problem.

    5. Justin J. Novack on August 7, 2012

      XBMC is great. Although, personally, I hope they support Plex too.

    6. Rudolph Terblanche on August 7, 2012

      Instead of an IR receiver, what about support for the CEC standard over HDMI. Means you can use your TV remote to control XBMC on the OUYA.

    7. Thomas Costick on August 7, 2012

      XMBC and TuneIn... great news!

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      w00x on August 7, 2012

      IS it just me or does that controloler look damn small?

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      Ed on August 7, 2012

      I also vote for cheap IR receiver. While yes we can plug in a USB one, it's a huge annoyance especially when there are hardware/software compatibilty issues. Would be a good add-on anyway for navigating the device without a controller (ala Xbox). And to not lose our only USB port! We need this for our external drive to play content on XBMC. Thanks for this great project and partnering with so many others.

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      Alex Vincent on August 7, 2012

      Looking soooo good. Still hoping for a last minute switch in the order of the buttons.

    11. Banni Ibrahim on August 7, 2012

      Wow, I know its all phone/mobile hardware so the console would be small, but I didn't think it was THAT tiny! I always assumed it was more the size of a bowling ball rather than just barely bigger than a baseball, impressive. Though, the controller looks smaller than I expected it to be as well, it kinda looks a little too small. I assumed it was roughly the size of a 360 controller.

    12. Nadim Alam on August 7, 2012

      Fantastic news! It was exactly the reason why I ordered OUYA for in the first place, i was planning on using the android XBMC app to do this unofficially! But now its officially announced its even better! Cant wait to stream all my 1080p movies to my projector.
      Hopefully it will play 3D content swell? well atleast side by side will be supported.

      Ive only pledged for one device so far, as I want to test it first to see if it does everything im expecting! If it does do it then I will surely be purchasing another 2 units for my other rooms!

      Could this player and news mean the death of Jailbroken 2nd Gen Apple TVs? Yes, very much so.

    13. Dino Fancellu on August 7, 2012

      Quick question, how big is the PSU?

      And yes, an IR diode would be awesome.

    14. Manu Evans on August 7, 2012

      I was anticipating this would happen naturally, but it's great to hear of an official partnership!
      This alone will make the Ouya my #1 go-to device! :)
      That said, please please now add an inexpensive IR sensor to the Ouya hardware! Any XBMC geek most certainly has a favourite universal remote they will want to use!

    15. Loren K. on August 7, 2012

      I'm glad to see you guys offering support for other kinds of media, but I'd like to hear more about games.

    16. Sukxk Oomo on August 7, 2012

      Alle News zur OUYA auf Deutsch nur bei

      Schaut vorbei! :)

    17. Tristan Williams on August 7, 2012

      XBMC on Ouya is absolutely perfect - I'm ecstatic about this. Its just about the killer app for me!
      Please, PLEASE fit an IR diode so that I can use my normal universal remote with it!

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      KageNoOni on August 7, 2012

      1) XBMC
      2) TuneIn radio
      3) is the new Ouya site after the kickstarter ends for news of the project.
      4) They have new pictures of the Ouya and controllers.

      There were 4 in there, they just didn't get numbered like XBMC did.

    19. John Rockefeller on August 7, 2012

      That controller looks fucking amazing.

    20. James Stillwell on August 7, 2012

      michel surely thats covered by an HDMI to the TV with an optical out of the screen?
      awesome news with XBMC :O)

    21. Rafael Lima de Souza on August 7, 2012

      @ Jacek Muszyński

      Have you tried Uae4Droid ? I still didn't give it a try, but I heard it works with a fair amount of games. And its development is still in the beginning, I guess it will improve with time.

      Honestly, if I can get a good Amiga emulator for Ouya which is easy to setup and play games.... it will already by worth the cost to me :D

      Looking a hand holding the controller makes it look more confortable than before. But the questions remain:
      a) Does it have trigger buttons? ( I hope so)
      b) How many of those will be supported at the same time (I hope at least 4)

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      danilovesky on August 7, 2012

      Could you include a support for universal remote please (e.g. Logitech Harmony)? Most likely there was no plan for an infra-red receiver in OUYA, but with XBMC I think this is a must. A tiny IrDa sensor would make it perfect for a complete home cinema experience!

    23. ViRUS from MARS on August 7, 2012

      I want to know if the controller will have triggers on it.

    24. Darryl Benson on August 7, 2012

      Love the new pictures. The controller is NOT too tiny. I just don't think people realize what their hands look like when they're holding a controller. That's the perfect size.

      Thanks for adding XBMC. That'll be awesome. I really hope you guys will make it to 8 mill.

    25. Michael Zautner on August 7, 2012

      @Volker The other three would be TuneIn, the photos, and the site.

    26. Rafael Lima de Souza on August 7, 2012

      I still want to know how many controllers Ouya will support.

      Please, make it support at least 4 controllers. There's no sense in making a console for TVs if I can't gather friends around to play with me.

      Also this:
      "One thing I would love OUYA to make mandatory for game developers are saves. Too many tablet and phone games only allow one game to be played and not the option to save for others to start a new game."

    27. Stevie Schenk on August 7, 2012

      Julie: love it! One question: will we be able to sign-up for updates from the site before launch so we don't miss anything?

    28. KingDavid73 on August 7, 2012

      awesome stuff.. so the controller button colors have been rearranged again? First they were the same as the xbox / xbox 360, then they were the same as the dremcast, and now it's a slightly altered Playstation (green and orange/yellow reversed).

      If you're going to use the same colors as existing consoles (xbox / dreamcast), if it's not some sort of infringement, you should probably keep the same color layout as the 360 so it's more intuitive. Many people already own the 360, so if they wouldn't have to learn a new controller, it would be that much easier.

      A lot of games with quick time events will just throw up a quick button press, and it's much easier to recognize the color than read the letter / symbol on the button (especially with all new letters / symbols that we're not used to). If I see green pop up on screen, I'm going to push the bottom button because I'm an Xbox guy. Others will push the top button if they're playstation people... nobody's going to push the left button from instinct.

      It's going to take some re-learning / re-programming in our brains.

      For instance - I LOVE the game Shenmue, but going back and playing it now is kind of hard. There are so many quick time events and I always push the wrong button because I'm used to the Xbox controller. The colors are all the same, just repositioned.

      Anyway. I'm really excited to play with this thing, I just thought I'd give you something to think about.

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      Michel Visser on August 7, 2012

      Great, Only thing missing is an optical/coaxial output on the console to connect with home cinema.

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      Robert Lipson on August 7, 2012

      Love the news about XBMC. Will OUYA be compatible with universal remotes (i.e. Harmony remotes) so you can manage the media centre functionality without having to use the game controller? That's pretty much the last thing I'd need to make it the perfect box for my family room.

    31. Dan Kerschen on August 7, 2012

      I have to chime in with the others, XBMC is a great addition to Ouya. So excited, barely can't wait. I hope those updates continue to come in after the kickstarter campaign. ;-)

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      Endyo on August 7, 2012

      Had no idea the console was so tiny. Why make it palm size when you have a lot more acceptable space in the realm of "entertainment center junk"? Hell, I thought a Wii was small and this appears to be a fraction of that size... I might lose it.

    33. Peter Wysoczanski - Obsidan Order on August 7, 2012

      yeah sounds like less of a gaming machine more of a media box/iTV/roku just with a few games

    34. Shaun Curtis on August 7, 2012

      Mother of God it's tiny!
      Lol, great news!

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      LewisFW on August 7, 2012

      Nice to have, but please concentrate on the gaming experience!

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      Brandur K. Holm Petersen on August 7, 2012

      I just have one word to say: MediaPortal
      The most configurable/adaptable piece of software I have ever used and the forum/wiki is right up there among the best. 100'eds of plugins/skins to choose from.
      P.S. It supports TV-cards/IP-streaming too.

      My point being. i want my OUYA to focus on gaming!

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      iammacgyver on August 7, 2012

      xbmc! This just keeps getting better and better!

    38. Tobiás Előd Zoltán on August 7, 2012

      I dunno, somehow when I see small I just think there's not much space for hardware. Hope I'm wrong.

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    40. Gary G on August 7, 2012

      IM SEXY!!!!!

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      Elliot on August 7, 2012

      It looks like the controller got a bit of redesign from this picture, which i feel looks a bit better! Not as sharp of a V shape as the other design. This one looks like it will fit the hand very nicely.

    43. Ivo on August 7, 2012

      @Dean Barrett -> Ethernet is available, announced by Muffi 7/18. See the home page :)

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      Aleksander on August 7, 2012

      Ha wow!
      XBMC was a definite on my wishlist for this!
      Great news to have more international options a well!

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      Mario Mjoed on August 7, 2012

      @Volker tunein, new renderings and

    47. Adam on August 7, 2012

      These still look like renderings with hands photoshopped into them. Is there an actual prototype that we can see?

    48. Ivo on August 7, 2012

      Plex needs are (strong) server to host the content and transcode it to the various devices. Most Synology Diskstations can't even handle it. Only way to use Plex and keep it affordable is running it on your PC, which then needs to be powered all the time.