OUYA gaming console to use Nexus 7 hardware, costs $99

A small San Francisco-based firm has gone to Kickstarter to raise nearly $1 million in one month to build a video game console that will target the Sony PlayStation 3, the Xbox 360 and the Nintendo Wii and hopefully bring with it some radically new ideas.

The specifications of the console have already been published. Like the Nexus 7, it will be powered by an Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor with one 1GB RAM, 8GB flash storage and Wi-Fi.

In addition there's an HDMI connector, Bluetooth LE 4.0, one USB 2.0 Port and a wireless controller with a touchpad and standard controls. OUYA will be powered by Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and will be easy to root (without voiding your warrranty) while the founders have made it clear that they want hackers to tinker with the hardware and the software.

Developers could be lured by the fact that they won't need to buy a licence or an expensive SDK and the fact that it is already built on Android means that it's not a "terra incognita".

Interestingly, OUYA only demands one condition from developers, the fact that some gameplay has to be free, which reminds us of the golden age of shareware on the PC, nearly 20 years ago. More than 550 backers have already signed for OUYA with 29 days to go. Two backers have even invested a massive $10,000.

Source : Kickstarter