Ouya Gaming Console Seen in Videos Around the Web
Although it is far from the first inexpensive gaming console and open source-based gaming platform to test the market, the Android-based Ouya gaming console continues to generate major buzz. Ouya is billed as "a new kind of video game console" and first became famous for drawing major crowdsourced funding on Kickstarter. Among partners for the Ouya team, VEVO has agreed to put music videos on OUYA, XBMC is adding a streaming media app, and TuneIn and iHeartRadio are adding music.
While there has been a lot of buzz surrounding Ouya, there haven't been a lot of views of it in the wild. In the past few days, though, several sites around the web have begun to show photographic- and video-based shots of Ouya. They're coming from the approximately 1,200 developers who have early consoles, and here are more details.
In addition to informing us that "the revolution will be televised," the Ouya site notes that the console is not ready for gamers at large. However, on December 28, the site did note that 1,200 consoles went out to developers. As PCMag.com notes, there are already several videos over at Android Community showing a developer's unboxing and boot-up of the console. You can get a close look at the console and the Developer Kit for Ouya in these videos.
There is room in 2013 for some success for open source gaming. One of the most interesting Linux gaming efforts is going at Desura, which we wrote about here. It offers paid games, but offers them in bundles that create a lot of value. There is no reason that Ouya can't attract developers interested in new value-oriented models for games.
Ouya is already remarkable for the amount of backing and buzz that it has generated. If the project backers can also attract developers, it should be a big open source story this year.