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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.

OUYA is coming

Get excited!!!

OUYAs will begin shipping to Kickstarter backers on March 28. That’s right. Parts are in the factory and assembly lines are buzzing. We’ll gradually ramp up production as we make sure things are working. (Our full launch is still set for June, which is when OUYA will be available in stores!)

Meanwhile, tens of thousands of you will receive your OUYA, and you’ll get to start playing right away. You will also get to watch OUYA evolve over the coming weeks and months. We’ll continue to add new features, refine our user experience, and bring on more games. As always, we appreciate your feedback (and apply it), so keep it coming.

Keep a lookout in your inbox for an email from us. It will have your tracking number and estimated delivery date. Might take a few weeks to get to everyone. We have a lot of OUYAs to ship!

Games! Games! Games!

"Yeah, yeah, but can you tell me anything more about what games are coming?" Yes, we can:

Kim Swift -- of Portal, Left 4 Dead, and Quantum Conundrum notoriety -- and Airtight Games are developing a brand new, exclusive title for OUYA! Kim writes: “We truly feel that this platform will give us the freedom to fully realize the funky, unique game we have in mind. Though the title will definitely appeal to core gamers in terms of skill and difficulty, it really has a completely unexpected, imaginative slant that's totally at home on this console. Expect an official announcement soon!"

Minority Media, developers of the critically acclaimed Papo & Yo, will deliver their in-development adventure puzzler to OUYA this fall. This is the first game (that we know of) designed to take full advantage of the OUYA touchpad and buttons simultaneously. We’ll need a name for this new style of gameplay. Controlpad … Touchutton ... hmm.

Ever play Killing Floor or Red Orchestra 2? Do you like first-person shooter puzzle games as much as we do? Well, we’re excited to announce that Tripwire Interactive is bringing The Ball to OUYA in March. They’re also working with OUYA on a new, exclusive title. I could tell you more but then I’d have to … well, you know how the saying goes :).

And last … if you’re anything like us, you believe that action and role-playing go together like peanut butter and chocolate. Right? RIGHT? … I’m glad we agree because ChronoBlade is coming to OUYA! We’re working with nWay to bring this beautiful new action-RPG to OUYA’s big screen TV experience. ChronoBlade looks great, and the skill-based combat system puts the “action” back in action-RPG.

Also (whew this is a heavy update!) we announced the winners of the 10-day game jam we did with Kill Screen, called CREATE. We were blown away by these games and can’t wait to see them on OUYA. Check ‘em out:


And just one more thing ... welcome Kellee Santiago to OUYA

We’ve been looking for someone to lead our outreach to developers, someone who really “gets” how developers work, someone who can help devs bring their most creative, exciting work to OUYA. We are thrilled to share that Kellee Santiago, co-founder of thatgamecompany (the maker of Journey) and partner at Indie Fund, will be joining us to lead developer relations. We’re calling her OUYA’s DBF (Developer’s Best Friend). In her own words: “OUYA gets it. This is the first console company that really understands how important it is to remove the barriers to development. By freeing up the development process, OUYA is opening up new doors in console gaming.”

That's it for now -- can't wait for you to get your hands on OUYA!
Now, we have some work to do...
Julie
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Comments

    1. Creator G-Man on March 2, 2013

      The games they displayed as the winners aren't that great.. What about that shooter game built from the Unity Engine that is made by two guys?

    2. Creator David Honsinger on March 2, 2013

      Great that it's finally coming, and I understand things take time, but: you promised March delivery. "We'll start shipping on March 28th" is not the same as "Kickstarter backers will receive their OUYA in March. " from your website, 30 seconds ago.
      Yep, it's nitpicking. But now that it's March, and I've been hoping it might, just MIGHT, make it to me before the 20th, it's disappointing. I'm still massively looking forward to this, don't get me wrong. It's the difference between "Received in March" and "Sent in March but received in April."
      You could have (and, this is really my point, you SHOULD have) sent an update to backers about the tiny delay in shipping.
      And I know, it's a startup, delays happen, things slip. I even expected it. But I expected to be TOLD. After all, I'm a backer, right? Not 'just' a customer?
      Rant over. Bring on the OUYA!!!

    3. Creator C.H. on March 2, 2013

      @VDZ

    4. Creator C.H. on March 2, 2013

      The Dreamcast (ドリームキャスト Dorīmukyasuto?) is a video game console which was released by Sega in November 1998. The company discontinued the Dreamcast early in March 2001, withdrawing from the console hardware business altogether and restructuring itself as a third-party developer. (Facepalm)

    5. Creator Jeff Anthony on March 2, 2013

      I also need to change my shipping address. It is apparent dozens of people have this same situation. Can we please get this issue addressed and a form sent out that we can fill out for shipping?

      Thanks

    6. Creator Zé Rui on March 2, 2013

      How about a new Project called "Reachout Ouya" !??
      I'm a backer trying to reachout Ouya because my choosen username is not working. My backer email either... so I can't login anywhere within ouya webpage.
      Tried to email several times and no answer till now. Is that my prize of backing up the project in August 2012? I hope someone answers my prayers... Thanks.

    7. Creator James LePage on March 2, 2013

      Can't wait until March 28!!! Have spoken to lots of friends who are skeptical, really looking forward to showing them my Ouya in person and seeing their jealousy. ;-)

    8. Creator Richard Flapper on March 1, 2013

      Deng! The solution to change the shipping address has already been mentioned here yesterday by Nick Fajardo. Just login on your account page at https://gamers.ouya.tv/ and change the address. That's it! So, do not send an email but just change it yourself.

    9. Creator Richard Flapper on March 1, 2013

      Same here as Lane. I need to change the shipping address since I will have moved by March 28. I tried the regular "send an email" route but that hasn't resulted in a change of the shipping address.

    10. Creator Lane Maxwell on March 1, 2013

      I need to change my shipping address as well, the normal path of "send a email" doesn't appear to be getting me anywhere.

    11. Creator Ben Knight on March 1, 2013

      OUYA,not addressing the "yearly release" controversy is egregious. END OF STORY.

    12. Creator Patrick Freeman on March 1, 2013

      @Julie, @Joao, @Mario, If you click your response next to the tier you backed it states If you need to make a change, please send a message to OUYA. So if you just click the contact me link underneath the OUYA logo on the top left you should be able to let them know there.

    13. Creator Len Mulaski on March 1, 2013

      Awesome update Julie, TYTYTYTY! Now that a date is in sight, I can start marking days off on my calendar and finishing up games I'm currently playing because I doubt I'll have much time for them after my OUYA arrives!! :) As far as a new name for the control scheme, how about OUYAction? Maybe it's just my mottled brain failing on me, but it kinda rolls off the tongue and sounds cool to boot! ;)

    14. Creator Julie Corrigan on March 1, 2013

      I need to change my shipping address as well. Please let me know how this can be done! Thanks!

    15. Creator João Eduardo on March 1, 2013

      Hi.
      I need to change my shipping address. How can I do that?

      Best Regards.

    16. Creator Christoph Steiner on March 1, 2013

      As the console opens with standard screws it should be very ez to swap the PCB. If they can sell a console and a controller for $100 and make a profit, they certainly can sell a PCB for less than half of this with a bigger profit. So I hope there will be an upgrade available once the next version hits the stores.

    17. Creator Prizm on March 1, 2013

      "We’ll need a name for this new style of gameplay. Controlpad … Touchutton ... hmm."

      What about press-touch?

    18. Creator Mario Santos Ramos on March 1, 2013

      Whooo! This is excellent news! :D I got a question though. Can I change the shipping address before you guys make the OUYA shipments? I was thinking about it to be delivered at work instead of my house. And if I can, can you please let me know where I can make that change? Cheers!

    19. Creator Joe Williams on March 1, 2013

      Can't wait to get mine! Two controllers also oh rigggght.

    20. Creator Lars Haendler on March 1, 2013

      Fantastic news! Even if you don't have that many games at the beginning, you start with way more games that PS Vita had when it was launched.

    21. Creator Nabeel on March 1, 2013

      Definitely nice to see how OUYA, the games, and everything else has developed. I'm glad I backed this project, and I look forward to see what's in store for the future of the OUYA Community.

    22. Creator Simon Cowen on February 28, 2013

      Now I am excited. :-)

    23. Creator Andrey Sampieree on February 28, 2013

      todavia no quede convencido con la encuesta donde pones tu direccion y que van a mandarte... podria enviar mis datos otra vez?= o cuando haran eso? :S

    24. Creator Sean Burton on February 28, 2013

      will the humble bundle android app be on the ouya?

    25. Creator VDZ on February 28, 2013

      @C.H.:
      Consoles have been marketed as computers since 1976 (second generation). The home gaming system with a 1 year shelf life was called the Dreamcast. If you have any other questions, feel free to ask.

    26. Creator Adam Bertoni on February 28, 2013

      @Matt Combes Well said. I second that.

    27. Creator Adam Bertoni on February 28, 2013

      The same way I'm excited to hear about the Samsung Galaxy S4 announcement in two weeks, will be the same way I feel about an Ouya 2 announcement next year (and most any other new tech for that matter)... Thoroughly jazzed to hear about the new technology, but not one drop of feeling forced to buy it.

      Also, there's a reason this console is $99 Ladies and Gents... it's a cell phone/tablet in cube form, without the expensive capacitive screen. Sorry to break the news, but because of this fact, it will have outdated technology in it fairly soon. In fact we're already getting to that point and it's not even out yet. LOL

      But hey, I think there's one thing we can all agree on.... let's just make sure Ouya 1 is awesome!!

    28. Creator Matt Combes on February 28, 2013

      As @SomethingSketchy has pointed out, there is not a world of difference between OUYA and a phone/tablet in terms of its internal makeup; the main difference here is a) the console-style controller with touchpad, b) playing on a TV screen, and c) the openness of it all, from modding to try-before-you-buy. It's a convergence of the mobile market and the console market with a much more open platform for developers to work with, and therefore it's not possible to do a strict apples-to-apples comparison between OUYA and anything else. There's no point in anyone getting angry that OUYA plans to do hardware upgrades on an annual basis, you just have to figure out whether you want to upgrade to the next version or wait. I owned the first iPhone, then bought the iPhone 3G the following year. But when I saw that the 3GS was merely an incremental upgrade, I decided to wait for the next iteration. I then skipped the 4S as well, and now I'm on the iPhone 5. I will likely continue to skip every other one they put out, because that makes the most sense (logically and financially) to me. I imagine that the same will be true for OUYA. Some upgrades will be bigger (e.g., Tegra 3 to Tegra 4), while others may be more aesthetic in nature or simply add another port for something on the back. You'll just have to choose when a particular upgrade is enough for you to want to shell out another $100 (assuming that remains the price point, which is still cheaper than any respectable tablet and most new phones). If OUYA only upgraded their hardware as often as Sony or Microsoft, they'd be eclipsed quite quickly on both ends -- the advancing technology in the mobile market on one, and the graphical power and AAA titles of the dedicated consoles on the other. The decision is a smart one for them, business-wise. That's not to say that OUYA is perfect or won't have its own problems to face, but this is hardly the thing they should get lambasted for.

    29. Creator zmonkey on February 28, 2013

      Thanks for the update. Unlike some, I see nothing but huge potential for the hardware upgrading options that this format will allow for at a much more reasonable price point than any other console system currently on the market.

    30. Creator guillermo rodolfo rampoldi on February 28, 2013

      OK GRACIAS ESTOY ANSIOSO POR LA LLEGADA DE LA CONSOLA ,LA QUIERO TENER EN MIS MANOS CUANTO ANTES .
      GRAN ESFUERZO ESTAN HACIENDO PARA QUE TODO VAYA OK UN ABRAZO

    31. Creator SomethingSketchy on February 28, 2013

      @Josep: Yes apple sells phones and not console and OUYA is a console but the OUYA is also based on android and uses similar hardware as some smartphones and tablets. In order to be able to compete with the smartphone and tablet capabilities their hand will be forced to refresh the console. Just like how new phones come out at least every year if not twice a year. Does that mean you have to buy one each time it comes not prob not, would you have a better experience with the refreshed versions most likely but still the games should be backwards compatible to a certain degree(at least that is what I remembe from an article I saw). I am not sure if they plan on having the developers be backwards compatible for all versions of OUYA or maybe an x number of versions of OUYA. I do think a "new" console every year is a bit much and may be frustrating for the consumer but I do understand the reasoning for it. I would most likely be happier if it was every other year so I wouldn't be tempted to buy each version.

    32. Creator Emil Lundberg on February 28, 2013

      Yearly hardware updates are not nonsense. Nonsense would be to let obsolete hardware hold back a software platform like the OUYA framework. As long as the different hardware versions are reasonably compatible, this is a good thing. I think it will mean that developers can rest easy knowing that hardware limitations will not hold them back more than necessary, and gamers will be reassured that they can still play most, if not all, new games even if they don't have the newest OUYA hardware - unlike in the conventional console generation model where new games require the newest hardware. And if a new OUYA device will cost you less than $99 there's really nothing to complain about, especially if you can survive on your old devices for at least a couple of years.

    33. Creator Prizm on February 28, 2013

      They've said before that they were looking at shipping the consoles at the *end* of March, so this is not new news. Factor in the logistics of shipping almost 60,000 consoles, and then international shipping time for a lot of us - and yeah the fact is I probably won't receive my Ouya until the end of April. But that's the way it goes, people!

    34. Creator Josep M. Pons on February 28, 2013

      Matt: apple sell phones, no consoles.

    35. Creator Christian on February 28, 2013

      Can you already tell how long it takes for shipping? (esp. Germany) And what do you have to declare to the customs?

    36. Creator Tobias Fiebiger on February 28, 2013

      It seems like after two years on Kickstarter, you're guys could actually be the first project which is on schedule. Big respect for this! Can't wait to play with the OUYA

    37. Creator Adam R on February 28, 2013

      As OUYA will be open system/hackable I hope to have mobo as future upgrade :)

    38. Creator Russell Brown on February 28, 2013

      C.H. - I am hardly a fanboy, and I have some concerns about the OUYA as well. That said, this is a silly concern to have. Your system will work and new games will come out for it for years to come. You knew this was a new kind of video game console, it's right in the title, and with that comes a new way of operating. The reason the XBox 360 doesn't come out with a new system every year (although there have been many iterations of the XBox 360, mine doesn't even have HDMI, because it's older) is so that they can capitalize on selling the same old piece of hardware as it becomes cheaper and cheaper to produce, and capitalize on people overpaying for what is now an inferior experience in comparison to what is graphically capable. The OUYA doesn't force you into this. It's got the same kind of parts in it (and the same operating system) as cell phones and tablets, and you expected it to work the same way as a major console release, where the system remains the same for 5+ years? That's silly. Again, your console doesn't become obsolete just because a new one comes out a year later. If you don't care about improved graphics quality, then stick with your Ouya 1 for a few years, and you'll still be able to play all the games everyone else can.

    39. Creator Ber on February 28, 2013

      Exciting news! I'm pumped for my Ouya. The amount of games announcements so far has exceeded my imagined best case scenario.

      To all the people complaining about yearly hardware upgrade refreshes, I'm sorry for you that you don't understand. It's not a new, different console like PS1->PS2->PS3, its an incremental upgrade like iPhone 3G->3GS->4->4S. It will probably be 3 or 4 years before there are many games that don't work on an Ouya 1, and those will be doing things that the Ouya 1 couldn't do. Plus you'll probably be able to buy an Ouya 4 upgrade at that time for like $60 because you won't need new controllers. In short, the annual refresh is a brilliant idea, it will be good for us as it slowly, gently improves what Ouya can do, and really not expensive at all!

    40. Creator Nick Fajardo on February 28, 2013

      Shipping address changes can be made from your account page on https://gamers.ouya.tv/ You should have made an account to verify your Username back in December or so.

    41. Creator C.H. on February 28, 2013

      So we have seen a HOME GAMING CONSOLE be compared to phones, computers, and handheld gaming systems. Since when has a home gaming console been marketed like a phone/computer? Whats that? Never? O... okay. Guess what?Which home gaming system has ever had 1 year shelf life? So yeah... apples to oranges. Guess what else... Fanboy is Fanboy. I gotta hand it to Julie though... they got my money but I'm not mad... bro. I just see both sides of the coin. People are mad because this new idea to release consoles annually came AFTER we funded this, when it kinda/sorta/probably was the plan from the beginning.Anyway Fanboys and girl... CAPITALISM!

    42. Creator Matt Combes on February 28, 2013

      Josep, Apple updates their hardware every year. As a Mac owner, that doesn't mean I have to get a new computer every year, nor does it mean that my computer is obsolete and can't run programs the new hardware can. Eventually, given enough years, that will happen, but that's pretty much par for the course for any technology -- take TVs, for instance. My Samsung 52" TV is 4 years old, and Samsung has put out new TVs every year that trump mine. Based on your logic, I shouldn't buy a Samsung TV because they'll just put out a new and better one every year. If you don't like it, don't buy technology. If you want OUYA to act like console developers Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo, then I think you've missed the point of this Kickstarter.

    43. Creator Daniel Thrasher on February 28, 2013

      Yeah, yearly hardware updates are nonsense. Look at the DS!

      Six iterations in the first 8.5 years of its existence.

      180 million units sold...must be total nonsense.

    44. Creator C.H. on February 28, 2013

      "Fanboy Fragmentation: The Revenge". Only on Ouya

    45. Creator Devin on February 28, 2013

      Seriously, some of these comments border on the inane. They shouldn't have to apologize that they have a marketing initiative in place for the future that's unrelated to the Kickstarter. Yes, their plan to create more in the future has NOTHING to do with the Kickstarter.

      They shouldn't have to reply to those comments. Additionally, what are you even expecting for a reply? I swear that some people just want to complain about everything just for the sake of complaining.

      That said, Ouya group, keep moving on. This is a minority group that's dogging you and you're doing things the right way in my eyes. Excited to receive my console and glad to have backed you from the start.

    46. Creator WOMBAT33R on February 28, 2013

      @Adam Bertoni Totally agreed.

    47. Creator WOMBAT33R on February 28, 2013

      Bring on my exclusive/etched chocolate controller, my fingers are waiting feverishly!

    48. Creator Adam Bertoni on February 28, 2013

      I'm confused why people are getting upset over a new system each year. Have you heard of cell phones and how often new models come out? How about that... once a year. When you buy that new phone it's not like your old stuff suddenly doesn't work on it. As long as Ouya goes in that direction, why wouldn't I want the latest hardware and faster options? Just my 2 cents.