Android – one of the best things to happen this 21st century has gone beyond from being just a mobile operating system. Its versatility has paved the way for its implementation on various gadgets and devices, and it now being used to power almost every technological innovation. From home appliances to satellites, Android powers it all.
And it has not spared the gaming realm either. That is why it has been used by OUYA Inc, a startup that is coming up with a console that promises to redefine gaming. Read on to learn more.
OUYA – The Android powered gaming console
OUYA is an upcoming gaming device that runs on a customized version of the popular Android OS. Funded by Kickstarter, the console managed to draw in more than $8m for its funding to become one of the highest earning project of all times. Reports claim that the console is being developed keeping in mind the increasing trend of tablet and smartphone gaming. One of the primary intentions of the gaming console is to restore the concept of gaming through television.
The console is speculated to come with a cube shaped device that connects to the television and the wireless controllers. Players will be able to play their preferred games on TV, just like they can with PS3 or Xbox 360, but the only difference will be that the interface will be of Android’s.
The device will run on a quad-core ARM Cortex A9 processor at 1.7GHz, sport a Random Access Memory of 1GB, a graphical unit powered by NVIDIA and Android Jelly Bean 4.1 OS. Apart from this, the device will support High definition gaming with a maximum resolution of up to 1080p and sport an internal storage memory of 8GB. On the connectivity front, the device will have an Ethernet port, Wireless connectivity, Bluetooth 4.0, a USB 2.0 and a micro USB port.
Recent leaks and speculations reveal that the controllers of OUYA share much similarity with those of Xbox and PS3. The images show the controllers in ivory, sporting a couple of analog sticks, the conventional PS3 like buttons and a direction pad. Furthermore, the device is also likely to sport a touchpad to support games that are based on touch gestures.
Pricing & Availability
Recent updates claim that the crowd-sourced console will be available for purchases from this June. The console is priced at around $100 with an inclusion of a single controller. If users wish to buy a secondary controller, they have to shell out another $50.
Games for OUYA:
Though pricing, features and specification form the core components of the success of any gaming console, it is the selection of gaming titles under its library that further decides its reach. This is evident from the successes of big time consoles like the PS3 and Xbox 360, and the not so successful Nintendo Wii U. And in this case, there has been a lot of speculations stating that a number of popular game developers like Indie, Namco Bandai, Square Enix are coming up with a gaming title that are compatible with the Android based console.
Even the cloud based gaming service provider OnLive has reportedly affirmed that it will be introducing a set of OUYA compatible games very soon.
Another aspect is that the games which will be available for this console will be free, just like Android apps on Google Play. Users can play them and if they like it make in-game purchases and upgrades for further access to the game.
As far as competition and rivalry are concerned, we can affirm that the console is not alone. This is because NVIDIA, one of the major manufacturers of graphical units has come up its own version of Android based handheld, soon to debut this year.
That’s not it! The console will even face competition from Razer edge – the transformable gaming tablet/pc, alongside the existing PS3 and Xbox 360. So it will be interesting to see if the most awaited console of the year has in it to emerge as the best gaming consoles of the year. Let’s wait and watch!
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