Somehow this slipped through the news cycle, maybe because…it’s not going to be very good? I’m skeptical of anything Kinect-based anyway (and now WiiU based) but the fact that this didn’t make seemingly any waves at SDCC and that the trailer just kind of snuck out says to me this is quasi-shovelware. Either way, I’ll have to wait and see as I have neither a 360 nor do I plan on buying a Wii U. We here at Modern Borefare are sadly idea rich but cas$h poor. Maybe click on the ad at the bottom of this post, help us out?
After the jump, actual gameplay footage of both Avengers: Battle for Earth and Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d You Steal Our Garbage?
A $99 Android based, hackable video game console. Is this the future of gaming or is this the next OnLive? The goal is admirable: to disrupt home console gaming, which let’s face it, could probably use it. But, is this just mobile apps blown up for the TV? It initially seems that way but it also seems ridiculous to limit what this device could be to what it will be initially.
Ultimately, this feels like it will be successful. It’s already beaten it’s funding goal on KickStarter. The desire to merge the app game creation space with what is still the center of the living room in the television is a tremendous opportunity and with such a low barrier to entry; how could this not take off? I could see it moving in a similar fashion to the Xbox Kinect hacker movement, but even more so with a $99 price point as the entry.
Speaking of removing barriers to entry, the OUYA has even fewer than just the low price. Every console is a dev kit! No licenses. No SDKs. For programmers & developers who have Android experience, they can jump right in.
The interface (shown in the intro video on the Kickstarter page which WordPress will not let me embed for some reason) looks like a cross between an AppleTV and Netflix, though maybe to you it looks like Roku or Boxee. It’s tiles that flip around! Everyone uses flippy tiles!
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
So, what do you think? Answer the poll or leave comments! Maybe this is the future; instead of consoles and cable boxes we just collect sub-$100 set top boxes, stack ’em all up and use which one is applicable to our interest at that moment.