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Pre-order your Ouya now: console leaves Kickstarter with late surge, exclusive Final Fantasy deal & April 2013 launch target

One of Kickstarter's biggest success stories, the Ouya video game console, has officially concluded its fundraising drive today, having amassed over $8.5 million (£5.4m) in donations in just a month.

The Android-based project collected pledges from over 63,000 backers since it launched back in July with the relatively modest aim of raising just under $1 million on the US crowd-funding portal, an ambition it far exceeded in its first 24 hours of existence.

It looks like support for the gaming hardware experienced a similar late surge, as only yesterday we reported that Ouya's run on the popular US crowd-funding portal was nearing an end with "more than $7 million in the bank" - hardly peanuts, but still less impressive than the final total.

Ouya certainly signed off from Kickstarter in style, announcing that an exclusive retro Final Fantasy release will help herald the console's arrival next year thanks to support from industry stalwart Square Enix. Partnerships with the likes of OnLive, Vevo, and XBMC were also announced towards the end of the project's stint on the site.

At present, the Ouya is looking like arriving in April 2013 and, excitingly for fans of the open source games console, pre-orders are now being accepted via its slick new home, ouya.tv.

The international pre-order package, featuring one console, a controller, and inclusive shipping, is set at $119, or about £75 based on today's exchange rate.

In addition to running version 4.0 of Google's Android OS, dubbed Ice Cream Sandwich, the console is notable for its minuscule build - it will probably resemble a Rubik's cube in size (see image, top) - and for offering free-to-play games.

Despite the massive support it has enjoyed, not everyone is convinced the Ouya will translate its Kickstarter triumph into a sexy, successful product: as Sascha Segan points out, the project now faces an uphill battle negotiating with component makers and assemblers to make the console a reality.

Kickstarter is looking to launch in the UK this autumn, according to an earlier Twitter post from the website.