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Yves Behar designing Android console

"Any developer will be able to publish games, claims the listing, and all games will be free-to-play"

The man behind the Jawbone Jambox and One Laptop Per Child has joined forces with a number of industry names to create a $99 hackable game console called Ouya.

"Any developer will be able to publish games, claims the listing, and all games will be free to play."

The device will come with development tools and will connect with televisions, and is designed to be modified and used by Android developers to publish games. The Verge spotted the product online, while Kotaku hinted that there was more to come.

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"Sources close to the project tell me there are even more surprises to what is an altogether out-of-left field new entrant into the home video game console wars."

Microsoft's ex vice-president of game publishing Ed Fries is also involved with the project, and IGN's Julie Uhrman is CEO.

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Looks like consoles as a market are just heating up!
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Thomas Dolby Project Manager / Lead Programmer, Ai Solve4 years ago
Definitely an interesting new development, at a low price point it actually sounds like it could have some success, perhaps not quite to the levels of iOS and Android phones with the specialised hardware and limited console/set top box appeal, and sounds like it will suffer the same market problems as Android as well if it has no entry standards.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Thomas Dolby on 4th July 2012 12:47pm

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Brian Smith Artist 4 years ago
Stick a rubber keyboard on it and I'm in... Seriously though, looking forward to finding out more about this. Sounds interesting.
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Tameem Antoniades Creative Director & Co-founder, Ninja Theory Ltd4 years ago
free to play or free-to-play?
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Peter Dwyer Games Designer/Developer 4 years ago
Er hang on why would I develop for it for free?

I hate adver-gaming.
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 4 years ago
+10, Peter.
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Andrew Goodchild Studying development, Train2Game4 years ago
There are other open platform consoles and handhelds, that no one has heard of, because the platform holder doesn't have a marketing budget that they can hope to recoup. This may be a great piece of kit, it could become a cult thing for hobbyists, but probably won't make a splash beyond a certain minority demographic.
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Adam Yau Game Programmer 4 years ago
I assume this thing will need a controller or some sort... to play free to play games with adverts... on a TV...lol
Doesn't seem to make sense at all, will it surprise us later?
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I certainly hope there isnt free to adver games. These are the bane of pure gaming! I'm certainly happy to pay all the monies up front for un adulaterated enjoyment
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Barrie Tingle Live Producer, Maxis4 years ago
I'm surprised it took this long but surprised they are going the freemium/free to play route.

I mean, build a store front like Google Play since it is Android based and allow people to sell their games just like they would on mobile.
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Andrew Goodchild Studying development, Train2Game4 years ago
It's more interesting now the free to play has been clarified to mean there must be some free offering, such as xbla trial modes, not that all games are freemium, although obviously some will be.
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