Ouya has been the talk of the gaming industry for the past few weeks. The Kickstarter project has already raised $5,551,703 and they still have twelve days left. I would say they did pretty well considering they only wanted $950,000.
Today comes even better news, OnLive has announced their cloud gaming service would be available on Ouya. Meaning you will be able to stream hundreds of different games through Ouya on launch day.
UK boss of OnLive Bruce Grove had this to say:
“When OnLive first heard about OUYA, we were excited to see console gaming becoming more available and open. Like OUYA, we came to gaming with a new vision for making top-quality gaming accessible to more people, and we continue to look for ways to expand on that vision.
“OUYA is rethinking the console business, making waves by using standard technology to make gaming for your living room accessible, affordable and more innovative than ever. In OnLive’s case, we pioneered a groundbreaking, cloud-based system that instantly delivers games to any device on demand.”
In addition, Ouya gave us an updated look at their new controller design. However, they do state that the design is still a work in progress. Here os their official statement on the controller:
“Please note that the design is still in progress–but we couldn’t hold out any longer. We needed you to know that the controller has two handles. You can hold it in both hands.
“P.S. We’re still deciding on the buttons. For now, we’ve stuck with the colored circles as placeholders. But don’t fret, we won’t leave out colorblind gamers.”
I know a lot of people are really excited about the possibility of Ouya, but I still am approaching this cautiously. I actually might buy one but I don’t know if the system will revolutionize the console business like some people are hoping it will. It is definitely a step in the right direction but I don’t know how mainstream the system will be.
In other words, I worry about it not reaching the mainstream audience, meaning Ouya will have a cap on the number of people it can actually reach. But what do you think, will Ouya become a smash hit selling millions of systems, or will Ouya only find a very niche audience?