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Ouya partners with Double Fine and Verse game studios ahead of launch

Ouya, the crowd-funded game console maker, has announced a couple of new partners for the company's first-generation system due out in June, including Double Fine Productions, creators of the upcoming title Reds.

One of Kickstarter's most famous and successful stories, the company and console emerged from its funding rounds on the site last year with $8.6 million (£5.5m) in cash.

Earlier this week, Ouya announced a deal with Amazon to start listing pre-order availability of the console, which will be made generally available to US consumers in June, with the UK market presumably to follow. Speaking at the D.I.C.E. Summit, Ouya founder and CEO Julie Uhrman revealed some of the content that will be developed for the Android-based platform.

In addition to Reds, Double Fine Productions and its founder Tim Schafer are working bringing The Cave to the Ouya, Uhrman said. Verse, the game studio run by Words With Friends creator Paul Bettner, are also "currently in development on two unannounced titles for Ouya," the company said in a press release.

"Ouya and Verse are nothing less than 'The Return Of Console Gaming.' The last big wave was mobile— Words With Friends is the most played game across all mobile platforms ... [a]nd yet I believe we're about to see another disruption even bigger than this last," Bettner said in a statement.

"Gamers want the App Store in their living room. Ouya will be the first to deliver it, and it's going to change everything. Again."

Following its successful Kickstarter campaign and a developer recruitment drive, Ouya began shipping its first dev consoles in late-December to investors who'd coughed up $600 (£380) or more. An early review for the clear-plastic console from one developer was mostly positive, though the dev did note that the barebones early version was "not ready for gamers."

Kickstarter investors will get their Ouyas in March, a few months before the general public, the company said earlier this week.

The Ouya is $99.99 (£64), a price that gets you the console itself, a clear-plastic controller, and cables. Extra controllers are also available for $49.99 (£32), also on pre-order.

Interested parties in the UK are reminded that devices sent to Britain will be subject to extra costs in the region of £30 for shipping and import taxes - the Ouya is tipped to retail for £100 in the UK, though an exact release is still up in the air.

Uhrman provided further details about the launch in an interview with the Wall Street Journal.

Ouya is now processing more than 68,000 orders for the console, Uhrman told the newspaper.

The final console is expected to include TwitchTV and access to OnLive streaming video out of the box. The Ouya team also seeks to build an exclusive apps and games store for the console, which is intentionally being built to make it easily rootable and hackable at both the hardware and software levels.