With a successful crowd funding round of more than $8 million, Ouya is one of the most successful projects that the site has ever seen. Less than a year ago, the Kickstarter project was announced, offering users the idea of an Android-powered gaming console for under a hundred US dollars. Clearly, there’s room in the market for such as device, given the thousands of preorders that the company has received.
Inside of the box is a Tegra 3 quad-core, ARM-based SoC with custom NVIDIA graphics. Ouya promises that it’ll be the best Tegra 3 device on the market since, unlike a phone or tablet, the device will be plugged in – which obviates any sort of concerns over power draw.
At launch, over 100 games will be available for users to download and buy. Many of these have been written explicitly for the nascent console, but more than a few are Ouya-oriented ports of popular Android titles. In a surprising move, Square-Enix has made its popular Final Fantasy III title available as well.
Users will get 8GB of built-in Flash, though more memory can be added via USB. The system ships with one controller at its $99 price point; additional wireless models will cost $49. If you have a PS3 controller lying around, you can actually sync up to the Ouya with it; wired Xbox360 controllers are also compatible, though wireless ones are not.
Ouya has partnered with Best Buy, Target, and Amazon.com to sell the device at retail; all four companies are currently taking pre-orders. Users who backed the Kickstarter project at a high enough level are starting to receive their units now, while those who missed out can start picking them up as of June 4th.
Interested? Head over to Ouya.tv to order one for yourself.