The makers of the Ouya game console are trying to lure buyers with a special edition that costs more but doubles the storage.
Now available for preorder, the Ouya limited edition costs $129, up from the usual price of $100. For that extra $29, the storage capacity jumps to 16GB from 8GB. The new edition also is white, whereas the standard model comes in black.
The limited edition is available only in North America. Ouya promises that buyers will receive it in time for the holidays if ordered before December 8.
The Android-based Ouya comes as a small cube that … Read more
Ever since Ouya launched its Free the Games Fund, gamers and developers have wondered whether some people were taking short cuts to get funding for their projects -- namely getting friends and family to donate a high amount of money to meet the project minimum on Kickstarter.
It may be because of this speculation that the gaming company announced Wednesday it was changing the rules of the fund. Now, the project minimum has been lowered to $10,000, but projects must have at least 100 backers for every $10,000 raised.
"You need to play by the spirit of … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Weekend movie review: "I am Street Fighter," a documentary for the franchise's 25th anniversary.
- Weekend visit to the privacy store at the New Museum.
- Sony unveils PlayStation Vita TV.
- The next video-game movie lurches to life in the form of New Line's "Rampage."
Ouya, the open-source console maker that became a smash hit on Kickstarter, was forced to apologize over the weekend to some of its most important backers.
In an e-mail sent to Kickstarter supporters, noted on Sunday by Mashable, Ouya CEO Julie Uhrman said that "it wasn't OK that some of you -- our most loyal supporters -- didn't get your Ouya until after it was on store shelves." Uhrman was referencing her company's promise that those who supported the console on Kickstarter last year would receive the console before it hit store shelves in June. … Read more
Ouya is aiming to lure in game developers by giving them cash for Kickstarter-funded projects.
Unveiled on Thursday, the new Ouya Free the Games Fund will match up to $1 million for pledges made for Ouya-targeted games launched via Kickstarter. More than 20,000 registered Ouya game creators and other developers could gain access to matching funds -- from $50,000 up to $250,000 -- for games launched on the fundraising Web site starting next month
To qualify for the matching funds, developers must agree to the following requirements:Game projects must launch on Kickstarter on or after August … Read more
Also this week, Facebook confirmed that it's testing out chat rooms, but what that means for you and me is anyone's guess.
Would you be into a game console from Google? Are you going to "a/s/l" all over those Facebook chat rooms? Let me know in the comments!
If you’ve come here wondering whether you should buy the Ouya, let me answer that straight away: no, you shouldn’t. At least not yet.
Instead, let the hacker-types, tinkerers, and the extreme hard-core gamers be the guinea pigs for the Android-based console, because it currently needs all the testing it can get.
With any luck over the next six months, the Ouya's software library will grow to a much more compelling state, bugs will get fixed, the interface will have much-needed features added, and native nongaming content will be released. Harder to address will be the cheap … Read more
There's always an element of gambling when it comes to crowdfunding projects. You hand over your money, sometimes on just a wing and a prayer and a prototype, and hope your reward gets delivered as promised, when promised. It doesn't always work out.
Many backers of the Ouya gaming device on Kickstarter got their Android consoles on time, before they reached retail. Some backers didn't. There are an unknown number of unhappy early adopters with no hardware in their possession and vague answers as to what happened.… Read more