Ouya is a project for a minimalistic gaming console, which is based on Android and is (supposedly) far more appealing than a high-end tablet or smartphone, though it has similar specifications. The creators of the console are currently collecting fund via Kickstarter and, despite the fact that they only need $950 000, they have already received more than $4 million – people are genuinely exctied about this project. The idea behind it is actually quite brilliant – Ouya is going to be quite a powerful gaming machine – the specifications include a Tegra 3 processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage, as well as a USB 2.0 port, HDMI out, WiFi and Bluetooth connections and, of course, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
This though is not the best part – there are actually a couple of those: first, the price – at $99 this console, which is on par with the most powerful smartphones (which cost about $500 SIM-free) is going to be very affordable – something, people won’t even have to think about whether to buy or not. The other great thing about the Ouya is the fact, that it’s aimed at hackers – developed from scratch to be tinkered with. It uses only standard screws and rooting it doesn’t void your warranty (it’s actually encouraged) so you can do whatever you want with it both on a hardware software level. It’s expected to hit the market in March 2013. B. A.