Ouya, the $99 Android game console project, in entering its last week of fund raising on Kickstarter. The company raised $6M+ out of an original goal of $950,000 (it hit $5M 10 days ago). It is clear that support for the project has been overwhelming as the idea of an affordable Android game console is resonating with a lot of people (45802 backers at the time of publishing).
The limited edition of the Ouya game console is a brown, brushed-metal, version of the game console and controller. The color has been selected by Yves Behar, a man known for its many successes in technology design and who worked on the industrial design of Ouya. The special edition version requires a pledge of $140 (vs. $99 for the normal version), and can only be obtained during this week of Kickstarter funding.
If you are not familiar with Ouya, it is a game console that aims at changing the game development market dynamics in the same way that app stores have changed the landscape for smartphone, tablets and computer apps. With Ouya, anyone can create and submit a game into its marketplace, which makes it easier for Indie developers. Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 also feature Indie games, but Ouya wants to take this to the next level, and that includes a low $99 price for the hardware. Most Android games should be easy to adapt to Ouya, so there should be plenty of titles at launch – that’s in addition of PC games from Onlive. [official Ouya blog post]