Ouya Android Console Collects $3.5 Million Funding On Its First Day

In a few hours Kickstarter members have pledged $3.5 million to support the development and production of Ouya.

Ouya is the brainchild of Julie Uhrman who envisions it as an Android based console that is open to developers and players alike. “Let’s open this sucker up,” the console’s Kickstarter pitch reads. “It's time we brought back innovation, experimentation, and creativity to the big screen. Let’s make the games less expensive to make, and less expensive to buy.”

The console will come with a complete development kit that is based on the developers’ familiar Android SDK so developers are free to create the games they like without paying any license fees. The only restriction is that some or all aspects of the game must be playable for free.

Ouya will retail for $99 and will include the following:

  • Tegra3 quad-core processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB of internal flash storage
  • HDMI connection to the TV, with support for up to 1080p HD
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth LE 4.0
  • USB 2.0 (one)
  • Wireless controller with standard controls (two analog sticks, d-pad, eight action buttons, a system button), a touchpad
  • Android 4.0

Ouya’s KickStarter campaign aimed to collect $950,000 in 30 days. At the time of writing it has already surpassed $3.5 million and there are still 28 days to go.

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$3.5 Million?

$3.5 Million?

They could come up with better specs than that with that kind of money, also what do they mean by partially free? How would you define that on paper? Better yet how could they tell if something is partially free from complete royalty, it's like saying I'm buying a car with three seats and the fourth is an add on.

It is an interesting Idea, a

It is an interesting Idea, a console that allows you to play free or near free games, and then It allows you to make your own if you desire. Graphics will be limited of course, with some rare beautiful ones like on android currently. To me it sounds like shelling out more money for a console that plays games that your phone does. Most phones today can already output to your tv in 1080p, and you can get cases, or stick on thumbsticks for your phone. However this one cant make phone calls. Im sure there will be a market for this, obvious in the ammount of donnations already received. For me however I will pass, I prefer my games on PC where power, grapics and customization already reign. In this instance i believe that a fool and his money are always soon parted.

when I though consoles were

when I though consoles were doomed, unable to rival pc on it's performance game, someone came up with this brilliant idea. I wish them the best of luck but they'll have to face any sorts of attack from the big boys in place.. literally.

I personally don't think this

I personally don't think this competes with the "big boys". The games won't be anything like what is available on Sony or Xbox. I see it more for people who like playing games on their phones or tablets and wouldn't mind playing them on their tv screens and with a controller.

Do you think anyone says no to buying a Console simply because of the fact that they have a phone that can play games?

Consoles are doomed the way

Consoles are doomed the way they are heading and it's heading this path since three years now.. the Ouya is perhaps the only way to make them survived, by being cheaper and not trying to compete with hardcore pc gaming. Mature console gamers will always move to PC it's just a matter of logic, at one point they ask for more and pc offers much, much more in terms of freedom and power. Who wants to play with bare thumbs forever anyway?

Err what returns do yo get ?

Seriously, do you get any return for your investment ? I keep hearing about kickstarter and I hope people aren`t just handing out money to make others rich or a thriving business that doesn`t reward your investment ? Dragons Den they require a hefty chunk of your business for a relatively small stake becuase thats how investment works. Just checked an yup it`s scam city. Trinkets, toys and downloads to reward you for building someone else`s business and possible fortune. Jesus, people are morons. In which case, write your donation and send it to the higgles cash foundation and i`ll give you a free email.

the console!

For 99$ pledge you get the console, most kickstarter campaign (for games and physical goods) you can pledge to have the final product. I agree I wouldn't pledge just to give them money for a bumper sticker saying I been suckered in...


But you`re funding they`re business. If i invest in a company I want a return. If you buy the product thats already made that`s different. if you invest $1 then fair enough. But this whole kickstarter enterprise is designed to circumvent investing in your own bisness and getting others to pay for it. Say it`s a success and they make $5million in their first year. If you invested you helped create that profit and you will receive none of it, no share whatsoever. think about it, when Apple was created the people who invested are now millionaires. You invest in these schemes now and that`s it, it`s no more than a donation. It ends there. It really is a huge con. After all with all this investment there`s still no guarantee of success and with over 3 times the investment already achieved you can bet the developers are already lining up a nice bonus for themselves. After all, the bankers are doing it, bail outs, politicians manipulating subsidies, bribes, back handers etc. this is how modern business works, they just decided to fleece the public directly instead of putting their own assets up for collateral. I`m just gobsmaked how people have just thought "Oh great here`s my money". I`m a nigerian prince and my money is tied up, please invest and help send me home. You may as well send him some too.

I partially agree with what

I partially agree with what you're saying, there are some very dodgy looking offers on there...BUT, just because Kickstarter doesn't conform to business practices that have been around for decades doesn't mean that it's not a good idea, or a website that's just out to scam people;

Where there is a product on offer, you are usually offered the finished product for a much better price than it will be going on retail for - so you are getting something for your money. Another thing to think about is that some of these entrepreneurs may have tried to get funding the 'normal' way and failed, but the community, the actual people who want these products can say differently and have a say in future innovations. I have seen a few really good ideas on there and I'm glad that these people can get funding whereas they may have struggled going down the 'normal' path.

It allows a much more direct route to consumers, and may really help boost innovation for products that may not have ever seen the light of day otherwise. There's no middle man, worried about getting their investment and profit back, just supply to demand. So as long as Kickstarter police it properly and guarantee that people won't get scammed, then I think it's a great idea

A rose by any other name is still a rose.

You buy an XBox, you get an XBox. You invest in Microsoft, you get shares.

It`s that simple. Kickstarter is not. You invest via Kickstarter and get a free gift or maybe a product.

I do get it, things that might never see the light of day will possibly get off the ground. But you still get no return of investment. Even a bank account pays some interest (as little as it is, then they get a bailout)

If they want to offer shares then all would be well ? After all why not ? The answer is simple, because *they* want to make the money.

If people don`t care and just want to `help` fine, but I just think there`s some marketing bluff going on here which excites people into `investing` in a company/product which could otherwise get a bank loan and do it the way everyone else has to.

I guess if you consider it as a charity then you might feel no burn, but if I`d have invested in a business which grew into something of worth and got nothing back from it I`d be consulting a lawyer.

(Not the guys up there) It's

(Not the guys up there) It's an investment of money toward the return of production, what's so hard to understand here? So what if something is never completed, that's entrepreneurship. People are investing so that the things they want to see become a reality, not for monetary return.

A good 98% of the apps and

A good 98% of the apps and games for it are though - most developers are jumping from the C#/.Net eco systems and find it easier to go to another interpreted language than use the Native SDK - I can't blame them, if I'd grown up with that education I'd be intimidated by it too :/

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