Originally Posted by rushless
Ouya has better hardware for $20 more than the Gamestick and probably 25% the price of Shield, so seems set in a good place for this segment of devices. Catch is, is there enough marketshare for this segment of devices?
Got the email notice today - Kickstarter Ouyas start shipping March 28. As to 8 pages of mostly-uninformed debate for the last 8 months.. (sorry):
I bought an Ouya because I believe this is the best gaming you'll get for $100. No phone or tablet can come close to the 'proper' home-console experience without controllers and a big-screen TV; likewise no existing game console offers 'good-enough' gaming for $99 without the network and proprietary baggage of their manufacturers. You don't need a PS4 to play Angry Birds or Pocket Planes, or even *still* many best-in-class PC games that have been on the market for 5 years or more like Counterstrike, Team Fortress 2 or any RTS and most RPGs that still have THOUSANDS of players every week. Just take a quick look at Steam today - how many 'indie' games on Steam could EASILY be run on the Ouya? How about every virtual console game for all of the previous-gen consoles? The Tegra3 may not be bleeding-edge to you, but it's still 5 years
more advanced than any previous console! Do you have any idea how long the development cycle for the major consoles is? And yet here's the $99 Ouya which has gone from prototype to retail in 8 months
with mostly off-the-shelf ARM hardware.
The Ouya is the perfect niche between the 'real' console makers - who've forgotten what console games were once upon a time (how many developers does it take to screw in a PS4 polygon lightbulb?) and the phones and tablets which just fundamentally don't have a large enough screen for the sit-down or multi-player experience. The real key to the Ouya is MARKETING it to the public. Getting it out in retail markets so people actually know it exists, that they don't have to pay the Sony tax just to play $5 online games.
My only complaint so far? For a 'hackable' console, I do think they should have added a little more open-ended hardware; ie: more than one USB port or at least USB 3.0 for future bandwidth.