Many people feel the games industry needs a good kick in the teeth. It’s too reliant on big budget games controlled by a small number of big-name publishers which release their titles in dribs and drabs through the year. Perhaps Ouya is the answer.
Ouya is a new games console due to be released at the beginning of 2013. It’s currently nothing more than a Kickstarter project, but with 28,000 backers pledging $3.5 million in just 48 hours the chances are this will come to fruition.
The essence of Ouya is to disrupt the games industry, offering an Android-powered home games console for less than $100. The games available to play on it will have more in common with mobile titles such as Angry Birds and PSN/Xbox Live titles such as Journey and Bastion.
In terms of hardware Ouya cannot compete with any of the current-gen consoles, but that isn’t the intention. This offers a new way of developing, selling, and consuming games, cutting out the middlemen that some feel are ruining the hobby we all love.
With that in mind I wish the people behind Ouya all the luck in the world.