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    Default OUYA Android-Based Game Console Starts Shipping

    Phoronix: OUYA Android-Based Game Console Starts Shipping

    The Kickstarter-backed company to produce OUYA, an original game console built around Google's Android Linux-based operating system, is beginning to ship their developer consoles and SDK...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTI2MzM

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    Agree with the article. Consoles have to be cutting edge else the risk being the bottom self sales item.

    Ouya also doesn't break any boundaries. There are already plenty of set top boxes running ARM/Android that can take joysticks. It's important though that they set standards that buyer and developers can rely on, as in all the same joystick configurations and items supplied. The reason behind this is developers willl mainly target the mass install base standard so it should be high and solid to start with.

    I'm also very critical of these crowd funding projects. I fear many are siphoning monies off for high salary positions or cash for buddy equipment.

    Maybe they should beg Steam to add gaming option to their existing Stream client for Android and have it work well with Ouya.

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    The lady behind the project does come across as someone with a passion and history for gamers, so I wish them well.

    The Ouya may promote Android to further bite into Microsoft's share of the market which can only be a good thing.

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    I'm hoping for the best at this point. I've got one console and 2 controllers which should get shipped with the rest of the consoles for users. If nothing else, I'll hopefully get a MythTV/XBMC front-end with a Super-NES emulator. At the best, I'll have a gaming console to hook up to the spare TV my wife and I are hoping to purchase.

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    I hope it succeeds, because I was hoping for something like this ever since Google announced Google TV 2 years ago. I'd really like to see more Android-base consoles.

    That being said, I feel the same way about it not having a modern 2013 A15/OpenGL ES 3.0-based SoC when it arrives next year. I mean, it will be hard enough to become successful as it is - not having anything that exciting in terms of game performance and graphics is really disappointing. I mean Tegra 3 can barely support 1080p resolutions for crying out loud.

    If I were them, I'd also release an OUYA+ or OUYA 2.0 this fall, with a high-end Exynos 5 Quad or Tegra 4 chip.

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    A correction to the article: Valve has NOT confirmed any Steam or Linux based console at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by e8hffff View Post
    Agree with the article. Consoles have to be cutting edge else the risk being the bottom self sales item.
    The Nintendo Wii would like to have a word with you.
    The problem I see with an Android based console is that Android games tend to suck. Better games can be developed, true, but that means the existing ecosystem won't be used to boost sales.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bug77 View Post
    The Nintendo Wii would like to have a word with you.
    The problem I see with an Android based console is that Android games tend to suck. Better games can be developed, true, but that means the existing ecosystem won't be used to boost sales.
    Yeah funny, but Nintendo Wii has a new controller concept that every one had to have and try. They also had classics to rest on, as in Mario, Zelda, etc. Pity they couldn't supply RPG's and much of the other games were lousy.
    Last edited by e8hffff; 12-29-2012 at 12:04 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by e8hffff View Post
    Agree with the article. Consoles have to be cutting edge else the risk being the bottom self sales item.
    This is wrong. Wii was the worst of the three consoles launched in the 2006-2008 timeframe.

    PS3 was the strongest, then XBOX360 and then Wii.

    Today Wii has the largest market of the three!!!

    WII - 98 million sold
    XBOX360 73 million sold
    PS3 - 71 million sold

    or the totals

    1 Nintendo DS (DS) 153.88
    2 PlayStation 2 (PS2) 153.68
    3 Game Boy (GB) 118.69
    4 PlayStation (PS) 104.25
    5 Wii (Wii) 98.32
    6 Game Boy Advance (GBA) 81.51
    7 PlayStation Portable (PSP) 75.55
    8 Xbox 360 (X360) 73.02
    9 PlayStation 3 (PS3) 71.03
    10 Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) 61.91

    (All from http://www.vgchartz.com/analysis/platform_totals/ )

    It is very hard to judge what makes it. I didn't believe in Wii, but I was wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabriah View Post
    It is very hard to judge what makes it. I didn't believe in Wii, but I was wrong.
    I think it is a good guess to say it was due to the innovative controller and the low price in comparison.
    Also they have some strong franchises with Mario and Zelda.

    OUYA is lacking all that. Even the price isn't that low IMHO.
    Last edited by entropy; 12-28-2012 at 03:31 PM.

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