Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Ouya launches in retail, sells out quickly at Amazon.com and GameStop

As promised, though slightly later than its original retail launch date, the Ouya Android-based game console hit retail shelves on June 25.

It promptly sold out at Amazon.com and GameStop. At the time of this writing, it's still available at other online stores, including Best Buy and Target, but you can bet it's going to disappear rapidly.

The device ships with an NVIDIA Tegra 3 chipset, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal flash storage (expandable via a USB). It also has Ethernet, wi-fi, Bluetooth, and HDMI out up to 1080p. The device even includes a built-in software development kit.

Users can load standard Android games, but there are some OUYA-only exclusives.

According to Ouya, it already has over 170 downloadable games, as well as streaming apps, including iHeartRadio, Plex, and XBMC. Ouya CEO and co-founder Julie Uhrman said in a statement Tuesday:
It's incredible to think that a little under a year ago Ouya was just an idea -- we wanted to do something completely new in console gaming: build a $99 game console, with no discs to buy, open to all developers, and affordable to all gamers. Today, Ouya is real.
The Ouya console comes with one controller. Additional controllers are $49.99 each.

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