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Ouya announces MakerBot partnership for custom 3D printed console cases

The Ouya game console, set to begin shipping to early backers in the immediate future, comes in a sturdy black and white iteration. But gamers looking for something a little punchier can now build their own 3D console case.

Ouya has announced a partnership with 3D printer firm MakerBot whereby MakerBot owners can create personalised Ouya covers for the $99 (£65), Android-powered video game console.

Once your Ouya arrives, visit MakerBot's Thingiverse website to download the Ouya MakerBot 3D Printing Development Kit and get started. Want your Ouya to match the flaming paint job on your Corvette or blend in with your paisley wallpaper? The kit provides a 3D template and specs for printing console covers that can be customised with your favourite patterns or colours.

Before jumping into the project, though, keep in mind that the designs are optimised for printing on a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer.

"Ouya is one of the most exciting new developments in the gaming world, and MakerBot is thrilled to be a part of it," CEO Bre Pettis said in a statement. "The custom 3D printed console cases are also really cool."

Ouya made crowd-funding history last summer when the Los Angeles startup launched a Kickstarter campaign for an ultra-affordable machine to offer free-to-play titles, with the intention of taking on gaming giants Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo. Initially, Ouya requested $950,000 (£627,300) to get off of the ground. A month later, the project had earned a whopping $8.6 million ($5.6m) in donations.

Now, as the Ouya is set to begin shipping to its early backers, it has become a household name among gamers, and is taking further steps toward innovation with its new 3D cases.

Rumours are tipping the Ouya to cost £99 when it arrives in the UK shortly after landing in the US and Canada.

"Ouya is all about being open — from allowing any game developer to make games for the TV to being able to literally open the console with a standard screwdriver," Ouya CEO Julie Uhrman said in a statement. "It was a natural progression to extend our openness by partnering with MakerBot. What better way to bring Ouya's console to life than letting anyone print and modify it?"