Submitted by -Mezzo- 918d ago | opinion piece

Ouya Launches June 4th: Can The $99 Video Game Console Capture The Casuals?

Forbes - That’s one of a number of problems the soon-to-launch Android console faces.

Another is the fact that most people play Android-based games on mobile devices, and making the leap to the couch isn’t going to be easy. (Android, Ouya, Tech)

MultiConsoleGamer  +   918d ago
Ugh.... Forbes.


Ouya is a niche player, but it's an important niche player. Android boxes are exploding all over Asia. And it's an important development platform for smaller indie devs. It will give them a stage to show of their work and a market to sell their wares.
ABizzel1  +   918d ago
Price is their greatest strength. But even then I don't know, because it's basically a tablet that hooks up to your HDTV, and it's already going to be outdated hardware by mobile standards once it launches with Tegra 4 already being announced, and soon to be released. But $99 is a sweet price to test your kids for their first game console.

Ouya seems like a simple development kit for game makers to test their Android games out on too see if they'll transition to consoles as well. They would be better off selling Ouya to colleges and universities with game development programs.

For $99 each that's a quick way and affordable way to get dev kits into a classroom.

Overall I think Ouya missed that boat for getting millions of sales. THey should have thought of this and launched back in 2010 - 2011 before next-gen consoles started seeing the light of day. Now the hype is too great for PS4 and soon Nextbox for Ouya to do anything with the core gaming audience, and Wii U should be coming into it's own this year as well with big games coming at E3.

Ouya has not chance of getting the core audience now even with that price, because everyone is saving their money for proven hardware and support of the Big 3.
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kreate  +   917d ago
Ill pick one up
PopRocks359  +   918d ago
I could have sworn this was more so a console for modders and developers than actual video gamer consumers. Not sure how a console that markets itself with emulators will do, but this market is pretty unpredictable.
abzdine  +   918d ago
With PS4 being attractive to indie developers, i dont see the use of this Ouya. I prefer to invest in a used Gamecube or N64 for no money instead.
I am certainly not gonna spend 99 bucks to play angry birds on my 55inch 3DTV. And Android games it's the touch screen that makes them "enjoyable".

If some people are looking forward to this console, please reply to my post and say why cause i might not understand what this console is about.
HaMM4R  +   918d ago
How the hell is the PS4 attractive to indie devs?
Yodagamer  +   918d ago
Well sony has cut down it's policies and Made it's architecture of a pc variety. So it's more attractive than most consoles, especially if it's market base gets huge.
HaMM4R  +   917d ago
Its all well and good saying that they have cut down its policies, and has a PC like architecture. But it will still cost an arm and a leg for them to publish to the console, a cost of which most indie devs can't afford
BuffMordecai  +   917d ago
The only use I could see this being useful for is emulation.
clintagious650  +   918d ago
For that price u never know. That is really cheap. Anything can happen.
Bigpappy  +   918d ago
Great price, But... ,. They need a killer at to introduce it with. $99 is a crap-load of money if there is nothing you want to play on it. I really don't see this going anywhere, unless they either have a serious killer app, or people all of a sudden give up smart phone and tablet gaming to use a controller.
Sharius  +   918d ago
i feel that those guys who develope this console have no ambition at all, they just want to have some share from console market, but since they can't direct against either microsoft or sony so they chose the casual market and hope it will make a lucky win like Wii, if not, well this is a cheap console and i don't think that hurt them much
NastyLeftHook0  +   918d ago
lets be honest, this thing does not have a chance in hell.
specialguest  +   918d ago
Ouya has competition now by the name of Gamestick. Gamestick was also conceived through a kickstarter and it looks more attractive in certain aspects like being more portable. I don't think this will be the only direct Ouya competitor. I think there's a Chinese USB powered version that has beefier specs. Then you have your up coming powerful smartphones like the gs4 launching with an optional real attachable controller accessory. Too many options now. I don't expect Ouya will do well.
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kevnb  +   918d ago
Young children will love it.
andjudunno  +   918d ago
I'd get it just cause its a hundred bucks... little time killer before the real consoles come out
Yodagamer  +   918d ago
I'll probably pick it up when it gets a custom rom that supports google play. That is such a missing feature imo.

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