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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.

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 Constantine Smith II on August 7, 2012

      I am so excited for this... this is probably once of the best decades to date with all the findings, movements and advances we are making in technology.

    2. Creator Dino Muhic on August 7, 2012

      @Dean Barrett the OUYA has an ethernet port now (it was added after people asked for it, like XBMC).

    3. Creator Sedrick Brown on August 7, 2012

      Very cool news!

    4. Creator Dipish on August 7, 2012

      Best update ever!!!
      Thanks for listening and teaming up with XBMC! Now I know I will throw away my HTPC as soon as I get OUYA, I won't need it anymore! Upped my pledge!

    5. Creator Volker Dirr on August 7, 2012

      Maybe i missunderstood, but ...
      [quote]but we’ve got four quick announcements to share with you in this update. [...] First: [...] XBMC. [/quote]

      Where is second, thrid and last announcement?

    6. Creator Matt Ross on August 7, 2012

      @Dean, It does have ethernet. Also, I stream HD via WiFi no problem.

    7. Creator Mohammad Tanbir Ahmed on August 7, 2012

      Finally. some good news for rest of the world

    8. Creator Bernie Bresnahan on August 7, 2012

      That's great news. I'd expected some sort of Media Player, nice to see one of the best from the getgo.

    9. Creator Dean Barrett on August 7, 2012

      XBMC is a great addition - but unless i missed it OUYA doesnt have an ethernet port - so no streaming HD content from your own Movie collection :(

    10. Creator Mario Mjoed on August 7, 2012

      @Dan $ - you cant really compare Plex to XBMC, as far as i know plex needs a server somewhere in the network (or local), which is only available on windows AND is closed source

      XBMC works completly alone, is fully open source and already in progress of making it available to android. its simply a nobrainer for ouya.

    11. Creator Daniel Ervik on August 7, 2012

      As you have shown throughout the Kickstarter campaign, you do awesome work and truly respect your backers :)
      If someone has the audacity to call something about this project terrible, I think they should take a step back and see what they get for only $99!
      Ooouya

    12. Creator Vittorio on August 7, 2012

      can't wait to recive it

    13. Creator Jacek Muszyński on August 7, 2012

      Hell Yeah! Good news! But what about GOOD Amiga Emulator? Im the only one asking for that? Cmon guys :(

    14. Creator noctanvol on August 7, 2012

      this is the reason why I supported Ouya from day one : I wanted to make it a media center ! with XBMC it's gonna be even better !
      the size of the box is really small but I agree that the controller might be a bit small... Can't tell from photo, need to put my hand on it XD
      Don't disappoint US it's gonna be legenn... wait for it... dary legendary !

    15. Creator Sam Hughes on August 7, 2012

      Hopefully you guys use a Wolfson DAC in this thing. I'm sure a lot of audio fanatics would be interested in a Ouya as an audio server.

    16. Creator Johannes Schöck on August 7, 2012

      It's so tiny and cuuuute! I imagined it way bigger, but the small size is in fact absolutely great!

    17. Creator Delve on August 7, 2012

      Wow. That box is small enough for my 15 month old to haul around. Good news with XBMC. This is starting to sound like the Wii/Netflix livingroom replacement I've been wanting unconsciously. Hope the controllers are more reliable than the Wii has been for me :)

    18. Creator Dan $ on August 7, 2012

      XBMC ... blah ... PLEX would have been the ticket. Had to drop two of my pledges. Only need one console for gaming now. Have to wait and see for the rest.

    19. Creator Andreas Setterlind on August 7, 2012

      Great news! Hope that OUYA will run XBMC media center framework not only as the default media player app but also as the default game and app launcher menu interface.

      XBMC for Xbox (XBMC4Xbox) had always had that capability and was a great game and app launcher on the original Xbox when it was modded, and XBMC for Android can already act as an app launcher for other Android apps and games.

    20. Creator AnonyM0US3 on August 7, 2012

      @Nick Sakeilariou
      Short of a new Kickstarter account, you can't. It's a limitation/design feature of the website (to allow project teams to accurately monitor orders and for Kickstarter to be able to boast a large membership number for corporate reasons, I'd wager). Unless Boxer8 Inc. suddenly add new rewards incorporating multiple consoles (shout-out to @OUYA - if you've had requests from Independent Video Game Retailers - that might be an idea!) , you're probably out of luck.

    21. Creator Mario Mjoed on August 7, 2012

      I would love a mention of Shadowrun Online (which is one of the first kickstarter projects to support ouya i've seen). it has to reach 500k! and with the help of a simple ouya mention in an update it would easily get there. help them make an awesome game for your console!

      http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1964352341/shadowrun-online

    22. Creator Reggie Clark on August 7, 2012

      come on guys... lets push for $8 mil.... every dollar counts.. Second controller??? Limited edition color???

    23. Creator Frank P. Schulte on August 7, 2012

      OK, that looks nice. But how much will it weight? I ask that because with such a small device, there is always the problem with not-so-flexible (often high-quality) cables, which tend to push the device around ... I hope it is heavy enough to resist movement. :)

      Keep up the good job!

    24. Creator Craig Howarth on August 7, 2012

      Finally, an update which reaffirmed my choice to back! Super decision; if this works out as intended I'll look no further for a media box for every room.

    25. Creator Sam Hughes on August 7, 2012

      This box is worth $99 for the set top capabilities alone. Fantastic.

    26. Creator Stephen McVicker on August 7, 2012

      Is that really the size of the console? It's so tiny. That's a good thing for a box that will be sitting beside/under my TV.
      The controller looks very tiny as well, I'm not sure if that is a good thing until I get to hold it. Kinda looks like a baby's toy in the photo.

    27. Creator Mark LaCroix on August 7, 2012

      Cool news. Can't wait to see what's in store for ouya.tv!

      (That controller render is illustrative in terms of scale, but it's a little silly because I can't think of a game that is controlled mainly using the D-pad and the left analog stick. Which isn't to say there aren't moments where your hands hold the controller like that, but still.) :-D

    28. Creator David Pitcher on August 7, 2012

      Firstly XBMC is a brilliant addition. I am so excited

      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.

      If its going to be on a TV in a family home games need to have saves so all can enjoy.

    29. Creator Joonas Aarnio on August 7, 2012

      XBMC being there from the start is just amazing. I always believed XBMC could be used with OUYA, and that was the number one reason I pledged. Gaming is a big plus ofcourse :)

    30. Creator Martin King on August 7, 2012

      I just jizzed in my pants, thank you for working to make this a world wide console!

    31. Creator Magnus Johansson on August 7, 2012

      Just the news I was waiting for! Nice! Are there any plans on making a sweet little remote like the one for Apple TV 2?

    32. Creator Brenden Belluardo on August 7, 2012

      Well I think Ouya is answering to those who questioned its use as a media-capable device. The games will come very quickly given the way to develop for Ouya. These big partnerships are important so that the device gets more publicity.

    33. Creator Bernard on August 7, 2012

      Awwwright!

    34. Creator Nick Sakellariou on August 7, 2012

      Epic! As if I wasn't already happy with backing - this is a last-minute bonus that really cements my decision. I asked this elsewhere, but since this is the newest thread maybe I'll be forgiven for repeating it: If I have already gone ahead and pledged for the Limited Edition *and* now feel the urge to add a $99 "vanilla" edition of the Ouya, how do I do that short of creating a second Kickstarter account? Any info would be much appreciated.

    35. Creator pillaysteven on August 7, 2012

      Hah, was wondering if would be as small as I hoped... it's even smaller! Fantastic job! We'll be able to carry it comfortably with one hand... as more stuff is announced I'm only getting more and more excited :D. Keep up the fantastic work!

    36. Creator zappe on August 7, 2012

      Will OUYA manage 1080p/24hz in XBMC?

    37. Creator Fabio Santos on August 7, 2012

      Ouya is the perfect device for triple play operators!

    38. Creator minneyar on August 7, 2012

      I'm glad to hear about XBMC, but with all these media appliance announcements, it does feel like the focus is shifting away from gaming. Got any announcements about new games or game studio partnerships?

    39. Creator Ben Cartwright on August 7, 2012

      Never used XBMC before but a quick google gets me VERY excited! I can't wait until you are able to announce more game related stuff!

    40. Creator Phillip Haydon on August 7, 2012

      Now THIS is the update we have been waiting for! Not that crap Vevo crap. XBMC! HELL YEAH!!!

    41. Creator Bashar Abdullah on August 7, 2012

      Wow... OUYA is that small?

    42. Creator S. van Hengel on August 7, 2012

      Awesome news ...thought this would happen since day 1 :P

    43. Creator Sergio Giustri on August 7, 2012

      I LOVE YOU!
      Great news, great partnership and great OUYA!!!!

    44. Creator Dino Fancellu on August 7, 2012

      That is tiny. Its going to get lost! On the upside, it makes it super easy to take on holiday, over to a friends house etc. What is its power drain like? I know the wii was famous for using hardly any power.

    45. Creator Chris Jutting on August 7, 2012

      If netflix works on this thing it will end up being my go-to media player rather than my xbox.

    46. Creator David Olandersson on August 7, 2012

      For 99$, I think you just outmanoeuvred almost every other media streamer out there.

    47. Creator Jixie on August 7, 2012

      YES! Finally!

    48. Creator Alessandro Fontana on August 7, 2012

      great news :)

    49. Creator Bryan Lee on August 7, 2012

      So good