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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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Dev Consoles are shipping on time!

Posted by OUYA (Creator)

Hey OUYAs,

Feast your eyes on this...

Our office OUYA – the latest prototype we’ve been putting through the paces every day (and most nights) as we jam toward shipping you our product.

Take a moment to reflect, and then keep reading. We have a lot to fill you in on.


To the hundreds of developers who backed us through Kickstarter to get their hands on our advance dev consoles: Mark your calendars! On December 28, they leave the factory and should arrive within a couple of days (we’ve heard that Turkey and Russia might take a bit longer). Yes, we are shipping these to you on time, as promised.

The dev consoles are an early version of the OUYA console and controller designed for developers to test their games on OUYA. Our Kickstarter developers are the first to get a crack at ‘em! We’re psyched to have you on board, and we can’t wait to see what pours from your brain!

Of course, when the final consoles ship, EVERY OUYA will be a dev console. We told you that already. What we didn’t tell you was that the advance dev consoles you ordered are pretty special – you’ll know what I mean when you open yours. They’re rare drops. :P

The dev consoles aren’t cheap for us to make. And we heard from many of you during the Kickstarter campaign that you simply couldn’t afford one. We wish we could just give them away, and we decided for a few of you – we’d do just that! But you have to work for ‘em...check out our Dev Console Giveaway for more details.


Our eyes have been glued to our computer screens building out the OUYA Development Kit (ODK) – tools that do everything from making sure the controller can talk to the game to ensuring that game developers will have the proper tools to get paid.

This early version of the ODK is being tested now. When the dev consoles ship to gamemakers, all developers—even those who may not have their hands on a dev console—will be able to access a web portal where they can download the ODK, get help on our forums, and eventually upload games to OUYA.

While jamming on the ODK, we’ve also had a team focused on the user interface. This involves optimizing Android Jelly Bean to play games on a big screen and spending time understanding the best ways gamers can search for and discover new games. It’s still in development, but it looks great, and the advance dev consoles include a sneak peek...


That’s me – or how you’ll know me on OUYA anyway!

“That’s great for Julie, but what about my username?”

You’ll have your answer soon enough! By December 25, we’ll email each of you a link to activate your account. For those of you who responded to our survey about preferred usernames, you’ll be able to confirm your choice. For the handful of popular names that had conflicts, we broke the tie(s) by honoring whomever backed OUYA first on Kickstarter. And, if any of you didn’t respond—or didn’t get your preferred username—you can choose a name when December 25 rolls around. Happy Holidays! :)

As we get closer to launch, we’ll be in touch about things like double-checking your shipping address in case you’ve been on the move. But for now, at least one of you can rest easy knowing that you are the only “TurboPianoCat” on OUYA – beating out at least a dozen wannabe TPCs!

Until then!


P.S. Many of you have continued to support us by nominating OUYA for Crunchies Awards in the categories of “Best New Startup” and “Best Hardware Startup” – thank you! If any of the rest of you would like to join in on the action, you can nominate OUYA right now!


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    1. Sukxk Oomo on

      Wie immer gibt es auch diese News komplett auf Deutsch bei uns:

    2. remon somcio on

      So when is this thing getting shipped? I'm getting really tired of waiting to the point of not caring anymore.

    3. Martin Kaardal on

      I need mine to ship with an extra controller please.. How do i fix this ?

    4. Kenny Nierwienski on

      They never said all games are free to try, but all games will be free AT LEAST to try.

      This implies that there will be games that are completely free.

    5. Ivan Dubois on

      You say: All the games on it will be free, at least to try

      Al least...

      Now in your webpage you put OUYA is a powerful, beautifully-designed game console for the TV.

      It’s priced at $99, and all the games are free-to-try.


    6. Ivan Dubois on

      The games will be free-to-try or Free-to-play?....

    7. Supraderk on

      @UKnowThatOneKid: I'm pretty sure they're talking about the "Developer Special" level consoles (the $699 ones) that are shipping this month and NOT the $100 backer consoles shipping in March.

      Pledge $699 or more
      600 backers Sold out

      Developer Special. A first-run OUYA (already rooted so you can just get going), EARLY SDK ACCESS, an extra controller, and we'll help you get started. We'll also help you promote your game for ONE YEAR, and your games will be marked with a FOUNDER EMBLEM.
      Estimated delivery: Dec 2012"

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      Jonathan Wee on

      Is it possible to order extra controllers in brown brushed metal finish? Don't see it in the pre-order page and thinking if I should order more..


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      SpencerBruce on

      yeah i have not gotten any answers from email either...

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      SpencerBruce on

      "What we didn’t tell you was that the advance dev consoles you ordered are pretty special – you’ll know what I mean when you open yours. They’re rare drops. :P" What does she mean by advance dev consoles? Does that mean he 100$ ones? I sure hope so because that is what I ordered and I really hope that mine is a rare drop! Anyone know for sure?

    11. Garrett C, on

      Is there any way to find out my backer number? How "early on" I kicked in?

    12. Halo Tutor on

      who do i get in touch with involving name changes on extra controllers?
      please send me an email so I can give right information, thank you

    13. Divine Knight Gaming on


      Those who paid $699 or more during the Kickstarter will be getting the early consoles. Those who paid less than that will have to wait til the March release. That is unless you are one of the lucky 10 to be picked for a free early developer console.

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      Jael Simone Biazzo on

      The photo is expressly defocused? Maybe the backers would prefer a better shot, right?

    15. Kota Uenoyama on

      Thanks for the update!

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      levone wallace on

      awesome thank you, the look compact ... like it

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      Jace Waddell on

      Who will be getting this early version? I really want to start fiddling around with the ODK so that I have a good understanding of it when the ouya actually ships so that I can develop games by then, so is there any way I can get one of these dev consoles?

    18. Sukxk Oomo on

      Wie immer gibt es auch diese News auf Deutsch nur bei uns auf

    19. Ryan Eller on

      So I effectively have to buy another mass-production Ouya if I want the development kit?

    20. Kimmy L.F. on

      Can someone go annoy valve about a Ouya companion cube skin? It's so tiny & perfect!

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      newerlad on

      @Rolf Arne Beck
      below my pledge on the right it says "Survey sent: " and the response link behind tells me the address used.

    22. Rolf Arne Beck on

      I can't remember what address I signed up with... I have recently moved, so I hope we will be able to check/change the address before you guys ship anything...

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      Jason Creek on

      Anyway for OUYA to upload a hi rez wallpaper of the unit listed in Update #15 would be great.

    24. Levi Blue Maggard on

      If the name was already taken by a previous backer did we get an email stating such or will we know when we get the email to activate and have to come up with a second name on the spot?

    25. Graham C Gibbs on

      Hey if I moved how do I contact you with my new address?

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      Prizm on

      thanks for the update!

    27. Evandro Pastor on

      I'm moving to another address, how can I inform the new info? Another question: why you guys doesn't respond the backers questions via email form? I've send 2 or 3 and doesn't have any answer for you.

    28. JAMES_HILL on

      Are you all naked in this photo too?

    29. Jesse Vigil on

      Oh man, we are so pumped to get our dev kit! Engineering team is busy speculating about how they are "rare drops" - !

    30. Scott Cheney on

      @Kristoff: I believe they said yes, it is pre-rooted, in a previous update.

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      deleted on

      This user's account has been deleted.

    32. TSCTH on

      My awesome sense is tingling. ^^

      BTW, when is the site coming up, so i can check if i got the username i wanted?

    33. Salvador Hernandez on

      @An: There's a little more info on the controller in the Blog on OUYA's site

    34. Kristoff on

      Is the Gamer ready "dev" console also pre rooted?? or start looking out for a rooting guide on xda??

    35. An Tran on

      Hoping you'll show more of the controller soon, since it's one of the most important parts of the console. Just to be sure, from looking at what you HAVE shown of the controller, there doesn't seem to be a start and select button. Will you be adding those very important buttons to the controller very soon? And another question, it seems that even Nintendo went with the stick button standard. Will the analog sticks on the Ouya controller click to provide even more buttons for both devs and players to use? How about rumble? Sorry for all the question

    36. T.J. Brumfield on

      Unity already has Android support, do I imagine OUYA support wouldn't be too hard for them to pull off.

    37. Natanael_L on

      Your nickname sounds hilarious to me as a swedish guy. JulesKane -> Jule-Skåne, hahahaha

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      deleted on

      This user's account has been deleted.

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      Jay Kavanagh on

      Go figure the day i fork over 800 bucks they start a contest for a dev kit lol.

    40. OUYA Creator on

      @Jourdan Please do this ASAP :)

    41. Alan Robertson on

      Reminds me of the Ood, standing around holding their brains, when they are freed by the Doctor in "Planet of the Ood"!

    42. Jourdan Perla on

      It's so tiny! Tempted to put a pair of googly eyes on it.

    43. Ashok Raju on

      Hey is there somewhere I can confirm my shipping details? Want to make sure it's being shipped to the right place :). Thanks.

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      moonfisherman on

      Looks smaller than I expected but it looks really nice! I can't wait to see what the controller will look like.

    45. Sebastian Perez on

      This is just gonna be legen ... wait for it ... dary! XD

    46. Hermes on

      I am developer and backer but i don't ask for a dev console... even so I can give the ODK or a console for dev additional to that already paid? Tell me please (:

    47. GilDev on

      Yes sorry, I totally misread. Thanks for this update, it look so tiny!

    48. GilDev on

      Yay, I love good news! I thought she would be sent in mars… Maybe I misread.