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Ouya raises a lot more money, but delays launch of console

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 09 May 2013 23:14 User comments (25)

Ouya raises a lot more money, but delays launch of console Ouya, the open-source console originally scheduled for commercial release at the beginning of June, has been delayed.
The console will see a three week delay, to June 25th, which likely means there are some additional kinks to be worked out in regards to supply.

More importantly for the company, after raising almost $9 million through Kickstarter, the company has just raised another $15 million from venture capital firms Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Mayfield Fund.

CEO Julie Uhrman says the delay "allows us to do more and get more units into retail quickly. Our demand is already beyond expectations. That's a great problem to have, but it leads to a need for cash."

Kleiner Perkins is a heavy-hitter in the industry, having invested in over 700 ventures leading to 200 initial public offerings.

The console runs on Android and will retail for $99 at major retailers with extra controllers costing $50 each.

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25 user comments

19.5.2013 23:24

I still do not understand the point of this console... It may be cheap but unless the game are more than what is currently offered on the Android platform it really does not offer much.

I think the main reason tablet games are so popular is because they are simple and can be played on the go.

Just my opinion and maybe it will be something different than what I am thinking it will be.


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210.5.2013 2:00

This console is meant to encourage indie game development Bob.


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310.5.2013 8:18

Originally posted by Jemborg:
This console is meant to encourage indie game development Bob.
Well I guess that is a good thing. Nintendo also does a good job encouraging and supporting indie game development

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410.5.2013 10:05

Originally posted by bobiroc:
Originally posted by Jemborg:
This console is meant to encourage indie game development Bob.
Well I guess that is a good thing. Nintendo also does a good job encouraging and supporting indie game development
Indeed, however every OUYA console is a development kit as well.

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510.5.2013 10:12

Originally posted by Jemborg:
Indeed, however every OUYA console is a development kit as well.
Now that is cool if you like to develop your own games. Guess I need to read up some more on this device because so far from what I have read it has been portrayed as a box that runs android and plays android games but now you can use a gamepad with it.

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610.5.2013 10:41

Very interested in this one.
It has so much potential.

710.5.2013 16:53

The idea is nice but rumor has it the terga 3 which it use won't keep up for the next 2 years, nvidia has warned them and showed them how to super-clock it to 1.8ghz-2ghz but say they would be better of with terga 4 or terga 4i which has a life span 2-3 years for game development.

I'm not buying one and instead i'll buy a google nexus 2 this year and hook up a xbox 360 control as android now supports it native, it will be a better choice and portable.

810.5.2013 18:23

It seems we may have taken a step backwards. Some indie games look/are pretty cool. For instance, I can't wait to play state of decay and the walking dead was awesome. But many offerings are just really boring (angry birds), stupid arcade games that look like they came out of the Segal genesis era. Why this movement to bring back retro style gaming?

910.5.2013 20:37

Originally posted by VGenscher:
rumor has it the terga 3 which it use won't keep up for the next 2 years, nvidia has warned them and showed them how to super-clock it to 1.8ghz-2ghz but say they would be better of with terga 4 or terga 4i which has a life span 2-3 years for game development..
One of the whole points about the Ouya is that it can easily evolve over time as new & better components become available, this has always been central to the original idea.

It's one of the really interesting ideas about it & one of the reasons why I find the concept so interesting.

Ouya is not going to be like the std console, locked into a fixed spec for 10yrs.

1011.5.2013 5:52

Originally posted by Interestx:
Originally posted by VGenscher:
rumor has it the terga 3 which it use won't keep up for the next 2 years, nvidia has warned them and showed them how to super-clock it to 1.8ghz-2ghz but say they would be better of with terga 4 or terga 4i which has a life span 2-3 years for game development..
One of the whole points about the Ouya is that it can easily evolve over time as new & better components become available, this has always been central to the original idea.

It's one of the really interesting ideas about it & one of the reasons why I find the concept so interesting.

Ouya is not going to be like the std console, locked into a fixed spec for 10yrs.
Well If I can upgrade it like my PC , it will have to be easy to do such as with out soldering. I would really consider buying a console which is upgradable which is plug and play like my PC is.

But what I heard is repair bills for the device is almost the cost of the device it self, which makes it sound like upgrading will be very costy.

I wish we could get a android on PCs , I would build a mini android next to my TV lol
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 11 May 2013 @ 5:52

1111.5.2013 9:46

Originally posted by VGenscher:
Originally posted by Interestx:
Originally posted by VGenscher:
rumor has it the terga 3 which it use won't keep up for the next 2 years, nvidia has warned them and showed them how to super-clock it to 1.8ghz-2ghz but say they would be better of with terga 4 or terga 4i which has a life span 2-3 years for game development..
One of the whole points about the Ouya is that it can easily evolve over time as new & better components become available, this has always been central to the original idea.

It's one of the really interesting ideas about it & one of the reasons why I find the concept so interesting.

Ouya is not going to be like the std console, locked into a fixed spec for 10yrs.
Well If I can upgrade it like my PC , it will have to be easy to do such as with out soldering. I would really consider buying a console which is upgradable which is plug and play like my PC is.

But what I heard is repair bills for the device is almost the cost of the device it self, which makes it sound like upgrading will be very costy.


Considering that the "device itself" costs $99 compared to M$ or $ony's offerings, it makes sense (to me anyway) to want to upgrade it myself and still retain the functionality of being able to play around with game development in the process. Am I wrong for feeling this way? Also, they've already stated that the OUYA will constantly being evolving as technology presents itself at a reasonable price to consumers, so I'd rather spend $99 every 2-3 years than $4-600 every 4-5 years on a new system.
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1211.5.2013 10:03

Originally posted by VGenscher:
Well If I can upgrade it like my PC , it will have to be easy to do such as with out soldering. I would really consider buying a console which is upgradable which is plug and play like my PC is.
I think you're misunderstanding the idea here.
At least as far as my understanding of this upgradability goes.

The Ouya will be upgraded in time by the producer as better components become available cheaply enough.
I don't think anyone imagines the regular consumer being expected to break out the soldering iron.

Plugging in new RAM might be feasible but putting in a new CPU might lead to all sorts of complications over warranty if people get it wrong & then try to lie about it & claim flaws.
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 11 May 2013 @ 10:10

1311.5.2013 10:53

Originally posted by VGenscher:
I wish we could get a android on PCs , I would build a mini android next to my TV lol
lol? Get a 'PC-on-a-Stick' then:

dual core: http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/MK809II-Dual...=item1c3237d7e6

quad: http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Tronsmart-MK...=item27d2625b0d

air mouse and keyboard: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi...atchlink:top:en

You can thank me later :)


PS: What repair bills for a device under warranty? Even opening up the OUYA will not void warranty... just send the f*cker back dude.



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1411.5.2013 11:25

Waitaminute! Nvidia are ALSO one of the backers!

http://www.ouya.tv/ouya-is-f-f-funded/


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1511.5.2013 18:32

Originally posted by Jemborg:
Originally posted by VGenscher:
I wish we could get a android on PCs , I would build a mini android next to my TV lol
lol? Get a 'PC-on-a-Stick' then:

dual core: http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/MK809II-Dual...=item1c3237d7e6

quad: http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Tronsmart-MK...=item27d2625b0d

air mouse and keyboard: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi...atchlink:top:en

You can thank me later :)


PS: What repair bills for a device under warranty? Even opening up the OUYA will not void warranty... just send the f*cker back dude.



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I was just about to say the same thing. I have an Imito mx1 hooked up to my tv and I love it.

1611.5.2013 23:51

Originally posted by Bryan3404:
Originally posted by Jemborg:
Originally posted by VGenscher:
I wish we could get a android on PCs , I would build a mini android next to my TV lol
lol? Get a 'PC-on-a-Stick' then:

dual core: http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/MK809II-Dual...=item1c3237d7e6

quad: http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Tronsmart-MK...=item27d2625b0d

air mouse and keyboard: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi...atchlink:top:en

You can thank me later :)


PS: What repair bills for a device under warranty? Even opening up the OUYA will not void warranty... just send the f*cker back dude.



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I was just about to say the same thing. I have an Imito mx1 hooked up to my tv and I love it.
What's the other name for them.... 'something TV' or 'TV something", anybody know??

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1712.5.2013 4:50

Originally posted by Jemborg:
Originally posted by VGenscher:
I wish we could get a android on PCs , I would build a mini android next to my TV lol
lol? Get a 'PC-on-a-Stick' then:

dual core: http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/MK809II-Dual...=item1c3237d7e6

quad: http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Tronsmart-MK...=item27d2625b0d

air mouse and keyboard: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi...atchlink:top:en

You can thank me later :)


PS: What repair bills for a device under warranty? Even opening up the OUYA will not void warranty... just send the f*cker back dude.



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It would not be as fast as pc components, imagine android gaming on pc hardware

1812.5.2013 5:05

Originally posted by VGenscher:
...imagine android gaming on pc hardware
Like proper AAA titles?
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 12 May 2013 @ 5:46

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1912.5.2013 10:21

Originally posted by Jemborg:
Originally posted by VGenscher:
...imagine android gaming on pc hardware
Like proper AAA titles?
No as in top performance with out having to buy a high end card, 60fps for all on the cheap.

2012.5.2013 23:53

Originally posted by VGenscher:
Originally posted by Jemborg:
Originally posted by VGenscher:
...imagine android gaming on pc hardware
Like proper AAA titles?
No as in top performance with out having to buy a high end card, 60fps for all on the cheap.
I thought maybe you were talking about a paradigm shift where Android takes over from Windows as the dominant PC desktop OS. You were just simply talking about playing existing Android games on a PC right?



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2113.5.2013 4:12

Originally posted by Jemborg:
Originally posted by VGenscher:
Originally posted by Jemborg:
Originally posted by VGenscher:
...imagine android gaming on pc hardware
Like proper AAA titles?
No as in top performance with out having to buy a high end card, 60fps for all on the cheap.
I thought maybe you were talking about a paradigm shift where Android takes over from Windows as the dominant PC desktop OS. You were just simply talking about playing existing Android games on a PC right?



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It would be nice to do both really XD

2213.5.2013 4:23

Originally posted by VGenscher:
Originally posted by Jemborg:
Originally posted by VGenscher:
Originally posted by Jemborg:
Originally posted by VGenscher:
...imagine android gaming on pc hardware
Like proper AAA titles?
No as in top performance with out having to buy a high end card, 60fps for all on the cheap.
I thought maybe you were talking about a paradigm shift where Android takes over from Windows as the dominant PC desktop OS. You were just simply talking about playing existing Android games on a PC right?



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It would be nice to do both really XD

Indeed.

Its a lot easier being righteous than right.


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2313.5.2013 8:02

Originally posted by Jemborg:
Originally posted by VGenscher:
Originally posted by Jemborg:
Originally posted by VGenscher:
...imagine android gaming on pc hardware
Like proper AAA titles?
No as in top performance with out having to buy a high end card, 60fps for all on the cheap.
I thought maybe you were talking about a paradigm shift where Android takes over from Windows as the dominant PC desktop OS. You were just simply talking about playing existing Android games on a PC right?



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I read something about running Android under Windows. I think this was it
http://thenextweb.com/apps/2013/01/25/w...ely-on-your-pc/

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2414.5.2013 1:23

Originally posted by bobiroc:
Originally posted by Jemborg:
Originally posted by VGenscher:
Originally posted by Jemborg:
Originally posted by VGenscher:
...imagine android gaming on pc hardware
Like proper AAA titles?
No as in top performance with out having to buy a high end card, 60fps for all on the cheap.
I thought maybe you were talking about a paradigm shift where Android takes over from Windows as the dominant PC desktop OS. You were just simply talking about playing existing Android games on a PC right?



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I read something about running Android under Windows. I think this was it
http://thenextweb.com/apps/2013/01/25/w...ely-on-your-pc/
I didn't get the impression it was working very well Bob.

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2514.5.2013 8:44

Originally posted by Jemborg:
Originally posted by bobiroc:
Originally posted by Jemborg:
Originally posted by VGenscher:
Originally posted by Jemborg:
Originally posted by VGenscher:
...imagine android gaming on pc hardware
Like proper AAA titles?
No as in top performance with out having to buy a high end card, 60fps for all on the cheap.
I thought maybe you were talking about a paradigm shift where Android takes over from Windows as the dominant PC desktop OS. You were just simply talking about playing existing Android games on a PC right?



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I read something about running Android under Windows. I think this was it
http://thenextweb.com/apps/2013/01/25/w...ely-on-your-pc/
I didn't get the impression it was working very well Bob.
Oh? I haven't tried it and honestly did not read too much on it as I have little interest in running Android apps on my PCs

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