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Ouya moves into development phase, says dev kit will be available in December

Ouya - Kickstarter sensation and alleged gaming console of the future - has opened the pool to developers looking to dip their toe in new game-making waters.

In a blog post, Ouya's Raf Tormans addressed developers, offering a general overview of the system's capabilities before the expected 1 December release of the SDK and dev portal.

"Now, why would Ouya do such a thing?" Tormans posed in his message. "Because you're smart. And smart people don't need no stinkin' SDKs to develop amazing games. All you need is a shot bottle of whiskey and the below information," he wrote.

Based on Android's Jelly Bean operating system, Ouya is built similarly to standard Android games. But Tormans pointed to specific elements that are unique to the new company, including aspects of the input, display, payment process, and settings and software.

The Ouya Development Kit (ODK) includes a controller similar to the standard gamepad, with a touchbad (but no touch screen) and no back, menu, or volume buttons, though it does come with a soft keyboard for text input.

Meanwhile, developers should test games against 720p, 1080i, and 1080p, for widescreen aspect ratios, though titles will play in full screen, with no carrier or navigation bar, Tormans said.

Ouya works against the paid app model, leaving all games free to download, though still open to in-app premium content. Developers can also follow a model that provides users with a free demo before the paid experience begins, Tormans said.

Other settings and software permissions are detailed in the Ouya blog. More of the nitty-gritty, like icon sizes, listing requirements, and Ouya store policies, will be revealed in December.

In a separate blog post, Ouya founder Julie Uhrman assured backers and interested developers of the company's progress.

"We've been refining Ouya's hardware design (cosmetics, mechanicals, electricals, thermals, etc.)," she said. Most of the team's time has been spent in the design phase, before moving a couple of weeks ago into development.

Uhrman announced that the company's work is still in sync with their December target, when they will ship a limited number of developer kits - each one a collector's item, "unique in design, build and appearance," she said.