After a few months of funding on Kickstarter, the Android open platform console named Ouya, reached its last day pledging. Having received almost 10 times more than it asked, this little console has convinced a lot of players, and might be the future of what consoles are going to become in the generations to come.
With over 63’000 supporters and reaching a crazy 8,596,475 dollars in donations via 950’000 pledgers on Kickstarter, the campaign was more than a success. Ouya being the eighth project in the history of Kickstarter to exceed one million dollars and did it faster than everyone else, reaching their asked funding of one Million dollars in 8 hours and 22 minutes.
Most of you should know that the second best record, which is none other than Tim Schafer’s Double Fine Adventure, who reached the money asked in 17 hours. It is obviously a big moment for Julie Uhrman, the CEO of the company, and its team who celebrated with a blast and gave a big thank you to all its supporters.
According to the company, the final specifications of the Ouya console will include a Tegra3 quad-core processor, 8 GB of internal flash storage, 1 GB of RAM, Bluetooth 4.0 enabled, one USB 2.0 port, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Ethernet connection, and an HDMI port for up to 1080p HD. The best part, Ouya's controller, is a slick mix of a playstation 3 and Xbox 360 gamepad, with two analog sticks, eight action buttons, a main menu button, a D-pad and its fully wireless.
But beyond all these dollars, what does this mean for the console? On one hand it has amassed a much more successful start than expected, especially given the fact that their goal was a small console intended for independent game developers.
And now, that Ouya is supported, in one form or another, from big names like Square Enix, Namco Bandai, OnLive, XBMC, Vevo and some other big names in the indie scene such as Minecraft’s Notch or Journey’s Jenova Chen. This marks a big change in how future generation console will be, as this amount of backers proves that a little console can make, and gamers are looking for something fresh and open sourced, something they actually own, and can update, play with and mold into something greater.
We shall be following closely little Ouya, and for those that missed the chance to back this project you can still do so by pre-ordering the console on their website.