Ouya, the budget Android-powered gaming console that began life as just another Kickstarter project, has been given the go-ahead to ship in March, according to recent reports.
Despite the Ouya website sticking to its original April pre-order prediction, it is understood that enough stock has been produced for the device to be released into the wild ahead of schedule.
According to Pocket-lint, the Ouya will retail for £99 in the UK when it is released, and you’ll get a console and a controller for your money. In the US, it is lined up for an exclusive distribution deal with Amazon, though it has yet to be confirmed that the online retail giant has similar rights in Blighty.
The cube-shaped Ouya packs a quad-core Tegra 3 SoC and 1GB of RAM, making it roughly equivalent to the Microsoft Surface tablet in terms of power.
British consumers may be a tad peeved by the pricing, given that the console can be had Stateside for just $99 (£61.54). While it’s tempting to consider going the US-route and pre-ordering through the Ouya website, it’s important to remember that retail imports are subject to VAT.
In other words, the apparent £75 Ouya bargain – £60-odd for the hardware and international shipping charge of $20, or just shy of £12.50 – is subject to a further 20 per cent charge courtesy of Her Majesty’s tax goons, a further £15 levy. It’s a right song and dance to save the price of a pint.
At £99, it’s still an eminently affordable console, and one that promises to get even better. Pocket-lint’s mystery informant also spilled the beans on the next Ouya offering, which apparently will see the leftovers from the project’s $8.6 million (£5.3m) Kickstarter kitty go towards a Ouya compatible with the latest 3D TV technology..
All of which sounds very nice, but our biggest hope is that the second-generation Ouya gets a boost in the engine room – specifically, an upgrade to the Nvidia Tegra 4 chipset shown off at CES 2013, given how confidently it handled complex gaming graphics during its demonstration.Leave a comment on this article