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Ouya console available for pre-order in US

Kickstarter success story Ouya will officially go live in June, and the Android-based console is now available for pre-order in the US via Amazon, GameStop, and other retailers.

Eager gamers Stateside can reserve their console now, for $99.99 (£64) via Target and Best Buy, as well as Amazon and GameStop. An extra controller is also available for $49.99 (£32).

Ouya CEO Julie Uhrman provided details about the launch in a Tuesday interview with the Wall Street Journal. Kickstarter backers will be the first to receive the console, sometime in March. "In April we will be delivering units from people purchasing, and June will be the official launch," she said.

Ouya raised $8.6 million on crowd-funding site Kickstarter last year, and is now processing more than 68,000 orders for the console, Uhrman told the Journal.

Developers already got a first look at the Ouya in late December, when Boxer8 shipped its first 1,200 units and opened an online portal for developers creating games and apps for the console. Those who contributed $699 or more to the Kickstarter campaign received an Ouya devs package, one dev console, two dev controllers with batteries, and an HDMI cable, a Micro-USB cable, and a power adapter.

Uhrman was hesitant to disclose specific numbers regarding developers working on Ouya, but said "we feel we'll have a large suite of titles and titles from developers that are exclusive to Ouya." Final Fantasy 3 has already been announced for the system; for more, see the slideshow above.

Despite poor video game sales in the last few months of 2012, Uhrman remains positive that her new console can surpass the negative outlook.

"For the last year or two years all we've been hearing is that the consoles are dead," she told the Journal. "Our viewpoint has always been that console gaming isn't dead, the way we think about it hasn't changed."