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Backers commit $2.3m to OUYA Android Console in one day

Android-based gaming console OUYA has managed to reach more than $2.3 million pledged from nearly 18,600 backers in less than one day with more than 28 days to go, using the funding platform Kickstarter.

In an update (opens in new tab) published a few hours ago, Julie from OUYA wrote that the team was "blown away by your support" and proved that "consoles aren't dead" before adding that the biggest thing for them to do is to stretch their goals and see what they can do if they raised more money.They have also put up a survey asking their followers to name which games they'd like to see first.

Given that the platfom will be Android-based, it is likely that porting existing games to OUYA can be done faster than on other platforms. More than 1,000 consoles have already been pre-ordered for $95 with the cost of adding a second controller bumping up the price by $30 and non-US shipment adding another $20.

(opens in new tab)The console is essentially a Google Nexus 7 tablet without a display. There's a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of onboard storage, an HDMI port, Wi-Fi, USB 2.0, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, Bluetooth LE 4.0, a wireless controller and more, but no sign of a microSD card slot yet.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.