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Yves Behar designing Android console

Yves Behar designing Android console

Wed 04 Jul 2012 8:55am GMT / 4:55am EDT / 1:55am PDT
Hardware

"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.

11 Comments

Looks like consoles as a market are just heating up!

Posted:A year ago

#1

Thomas Dolby
Project Manager / Lead Programmer

318 253 0.8
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

Posted:A year ago

#2

Brian Smith
Artist

193 77 0.4
Stick a rubber keyboard on it and I'm in... Seriously though, looking forward to finding out more about this. Sounds interesting.

Posted:A year ago

#3

Tameem Antoniades
Creative Director & Co-founder

197 164 0.8
free to play or free-to-play?

Posted:A year ago

#4

Peter Dwyer
Games Designer/Developer

458 254 0.6
Er hang on why would I develop for it for free?

I hate adver-gaming.

Posted:A year ago

#5

Greg Wilcox
Creator, Destroy All Fanboys!

1,993 902 0.5
+10, Peter.

Posted:A year ago

#6

Andrew Goodchild
Studying development

1,199 317 0.3
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.

Posted:A year ago

#7

Adam Yau
Game Programmer

24 10 0.4
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?

Posted:A year ago

#8
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

Posted:A year ago

#9

Barrie Tingle
Live Producer

337 102 0.3
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.

Posted:A year ago

#10

Andrew Goodchild
Studying development

1,199 317 0.3
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.

Posted:A year ago

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