If you pledged $700 or more to the OUYA Kickstarter, then you'll be getting a dev console by the end of the month or early January. The developer revealed today their plans to ship the first units out December 28, promising arrival "within a couple days."
Now, for non-backers, the consoles are available for pre-order at $800 each. Although every OUYA console will be a dev console, these early units will be "pretty special," which supporters will discover when they receive their OUYAs. Worldwide release is expected for March 2013.
OUYA's Jules Kane posts on the official site:
The dev consoles are an early version of the OUYA console and controller designed for developers to test their games on OUYA. Our Kickstarter developers are the first to get a crack at ‘em! We’re psyched to have you on board, and we can’t wait to see what pours from your brain!
Of course, when the final consoles ship, EVERY OUYA will be a dev console. We told you that already. What we didn’t tell you was that the advance dev consoles you ordered are pretty special – you’ll know what I mean when you open yours. They’re rare drops. :P
For anyone who hasn't got a spare $700 or more laying around, the OUYA team is also holding a giveaway. The OUYA Dev Kit (ODK) will be available online as a free download for game developers as well.