Today, the OUYA devs have confirmed that the system will be released to the public on June 4, with the previously set price of $99.99. Thank goodness of kept promises. If you're wondering why you remember a March date, that'd be the special ones sent out to Kickstarter backers.
Anyway, some interesting things to point out about this Android-powered cube-console is the format it'll use. No discs here, just download-to-play games. Furthermore, developers are boasting that all games will be free to try before you buy. What sorts of games will the OUYA have? All kinds, apparently, from shooters to RPGs, platformers to race..rs.
Here's a quick rundown of the features to expect:
Console: Designed by Yves Behar, OUYA features a sleek, compact cube design that plugs into the TV. The days of waiting out long boot cycles are over, because OUYA wakes up instantly.
Controller: A gamer-envisioned and refined, intuitive wireless controller with fast, responsive buttons, triggers that FEEL like triggers, laser-precise analog sticks, a cross-style D-Pad, and even a touchpad.
Power: An on-board Nvidia Tegra 3 chipset delivers fast performance and amazing graphics for a truly, immersive game experience in 1080p HD.
Games: Games will be added daily to OUYA into the June launch and beyond. All games on OUYA will be downloadable and free-to-try. The system was designed as an open platform to enable all developers the freedom to create games and publish to the TV.
Apps: In addition to games, OUYA fans can access their favorite steaming video and music apps including content directly from Twitch.tv, Flixster, Plex, XBMC, Crunchyroll, iHeartRadio and many others.
Additionally, the OUYA will launch with a Twitch.tv app, which was incidentally headed for Xbox 360 as well, but wound up delayed. The industry will certainly be watching this one with a keen eye, especially now that we sit on the advent of the next generation in gaming. Will the OUYA be a worthy contendor for any of the Big Three's consoles? We'll see.