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Old 07-10-2012, 05:17 PM   #1
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Question OUYA - The hacker-friendly console

On a lighter note, I'm surprised you nerds don't seem to have discussed this little box around here.
In addition to running Android applications, OUYA is going to carry a ton of games that you can play for free. Developers, by default, have to make part of their games free to play.

We caught up with Julie Uhrman, CEO of OUYA, to find out just what's happening with the device. Here's what we found out:

It's built on Android, so it won't just be a gaming console. OUYA is starting with games, because that's typically been a good selling point like for the Xbox 360.

You can crack open the hardware. OUYA encourages its developers to add new hardware and mess around with it, and they're considering releasing the hardware design specifications.

It looks great, and it's only $99. The design is done by Yves Behar, a designer picked by PayPal and Jawbone to produce great-looking products. It's about the cost of an Xbox 360 console on contract, but it's completely open.
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Hm, I like the open source Idea.. but for some reason I don't see this becoming big. Sounds like a pipe dream. I'd love to be proved wrong though, because I'd buy one at $99 assuming there are some decent titles out for it.
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Yeah, it's a sad commentary, but there have been many open-source gaming systems over the years, and none of them have ever gained anything resembling mass-acceptance.

One thing I noticed from the link posted:
OUYA encourages its developers to add new hardware and mess around with it, and they're considering releasing the hardware design specifications.
That pretty much guarantees that people will have incompatibility problems, stability issues, and so on.
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Yeah, it's a sad commentary, but there have been many open-source gaming systems over the years, and none of them have ever gained anything resembling mass-acceptance.

One thing I noticed from the link posted:
OUYA encourages its developers to add new hardware and mess around with it, and they're considering releasing the hardware design specifications.
That pretty much guarantees that people will have incompatibility problems, stability issues, and so on.
Joe, you missed that it'll be nuclear powered... new micro nuke furnaces....
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