OUYA Debuts as First New Console of 2013

by on June 25, 2013

After one of the most successful Kickstarter campaigns in the site’s history, OUYA is finally available for purchase at retailers today. The $99.99 console operates on an Android-based OS and is advertised as a truly open console format. OUYA also might be the smallest console ever built with a comparible size to a Rubix’s cube. While many of the titles are available on other download services, there promises to be exclusives as well. Look for our thoughts on the new console and let us know what you think?

People said it was impossible: Taking on the big boys in an industry that chewed up the competition. The video game market was considered impenetrable. It was expensive, closed, and built for three. That was just the way it was and nobody thought it could be any different. Nobody wondered how.

But you — and tens of thousands like you — wanted something new. You — the game players and the game creators — you knew that things could be different. In backing OUYA, you proved that there were people out there who wanted a change.

The path we chose hasn’t been easy. Our development process was unprecedented in its transparency. We solicited your opinions and heard your feedback on Reddit, on Twitter and in email. We brought everyone along for the ride making both our victories and our missteps public. Because — we believe this process is what makes OUYA better.

OUYA is built with gamers, for gamers. We do it together.

And the games… what you game creators have done is amazing! Inventive. Different. FUN. Not the same old games by the same old folks adding +1 to the version number and slapping on a price tag of $60 or more. OUYA Devs are making it happen. From raucous couch-gaming romps like Hidden in Plain Sight and You Don’t Know Jack; oddball racing games like Rush Bros andFlashout; shouting-match PvP games like BombSquad and the “killer app” candidate TowerFall; and action-packed adventures in the forms of RPG beat-em-up ChronoBlade and soon-to-come coop, iso-shooter Killing Floor: Calamity — you’ve delivered a game lineup that rocks.

So, launch is upon us. And I can’t let us launch without acknowledging the role YOU played.