Remember hearing about that console that has an open system for developers? The one that lets hackers modify it as they please? Well, it went on Kickstarter today with an ambitious goal of $950,000, and by 11:21 p.m. raised nearly double that—$1,866,372.
This has a lot of significance for gaming. The Android-based OUYA will link up to the TV like any regular console, but it will let developers access it as they please. In other words, developers won’t have to buy uber-expensive SDKs to bring their games to consoles, and will let developers who have been locked on mobile and PC games bring their games to the ole TV.
All the games will be free, also. At least to try… you’ll still have to buy some of them eventually.
According to the Kickstarter page, “Developers can wave farewell to the roadblocks of bringing a console game to market. Anyone can make a game: every OUYA console is a dev kit. No need to purchase a license or an expensive SDK. It’s built on Android, so developers already know how it works.”
It adds that it isn’t just an Android port either. This has potential to make AAA games, and as the developers note, “OUYA could change AAA game development, too. Forget about licensing fees, retail fees, and publishing fees.”
The specs are as follows:
- Tegra3 quad-core processor
- 1GB RAM
- 8GB of internal flash storage
- HDMI connection to the TV, with support for up to 1080p HD
- WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
- Bluetooth LE 4.0
- USB 2.0 (one)
- Wireless controller with standard controls (two analog sticks, d-pad, eight action buttons, a system button), a touchpad
- Android 4.0
We’ll probably see plenty added to this list though, given that the system is open for hackers to tinker with. They state, “Have at it: It’s easy to root (and rooting won’t void your warranty). Everything opens with standard screws. Hardware hackers can create their own peripherals, and connect via USB or Bluetooth. You want our hardware design? Let us know. We might just give it to you. Surprise us!”
The OUYA console will sell for around $99 and ships March 2013.