Hey, it's that OUYA console again. OUYA developers are happy to announce that everyone's favorite Rubik's cube-sized Android console will be available at a variety of retail stores starting this June. At the same price that many Kickstarter backers fronted for the curious device, only $99, even you can be part of the new Android-on-TV craze. Unless you're one of those Game Stick backers. Get out of here, Game Stick backers! We don't want your kind around OUYA!
In response to a Wall Street Journal question as to whether there's a negative outlook for gaming consoles currently, OUYA CEO Julie Ehrman replied:
"For the last year or two years all we’ve been hearing is that the consoles are dead. The reason is there isn’t new, innovative intellectual property. It’s expensive to develop on it. You’re seeing a major shift of games being developed on the television. Our viewpoint has always been that console gaming isn’t dead, the way we think about it hasn’t changed."
If you want to be part of the console revolution when OUYA comes to retail in June, you'll be joining in two months later than Kickstarter backers. Deliveries of OUYA hardware to backers will go out in April. Keep in mind next-gen consoles from Microsoft and Sony likely won't be coming out until around November. Check. And. Mate.
Meanwhile, us non-Kickstarter heathens can at least look forward to OUYA at places like Best Buy and Target starting June. The console and controller bundle will cost $99, with an extra controller costing another $50. With over 200 games in development for OUYA, $99 isn't so bad, right?
Note: Header image is the clear OUYA developer console that was sent to backers in December. The retail box will be white and silver.