The home console market is currently dominated by Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo. However, a new Kickstarter project, OUYA, is looking to change the traditional console gaming model, by opening up game development to anyone who wants to try.
OUYA is an Android powered console that is being advertised as being completely open to developers. Any game made for OUYA would have to have at least some free aspect to it, while allowing developers to, for example, charge for full game unlocks or extra in game items. OUYA also claims that every console will be a dev kit, allowing anyone to create a game for the platform. People will also be allowed to mod the system however they wish.
The full list of specs for the OUYA console claims it will have:
- Tegra3 quad-core processor
- 1GB RAM
- 8GB of internal flash storage
- 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
- Android 4.0
The actual Kickstarter is looking for $950,000 and has a month to make that target. It’ll be interesting to see how OUYA, should licensing and funding be met, will be received by the industry and whether this will mark a new stage in the home console market.