Ouya console "around size of Rubik's cube"

Ouya designer aims at portability for new device

The new Android-powered Ouya console will not be as big as Xbox 360 or PS3; rather, it will be quite small, designer Yves Béhar has said. He's noted that the device won't measure more than a few inches wide. Many put the new console at about the size of a Rubik's Cube, which measures 2.2 inches.

With the smaller form factor Béhar still has considerations to make, as the console is expected to run a rather meaty NVidia Tegra 3 quad-core ARM processor as well as 1GB of memory and another 8GB of flash storage. That kind of power is going to generate a lot of heat that has to be allowed to exit the console.

"Our console is quite small, around the size of a Rubik's cube, and so it will easily fit anywhere in a room, or be easy to throw in a backpack," said Béhar during a live Q&A posted to Kotaku.

"We intend to give the Tegra chipset room to breathe, as obviously it does get warm. Airflow is important here."

The console is still being developed, with no final word on just what the device will look like. All we have so far is the rendered image posted to the project's Kickstarter, which may or may not be completely reflective of the final design. The console has now generated well over $5.4 million in funding from over 42,000 people.

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Adam Campbell Game Manager, Azoomee6 years ago
Sealing the deal with every word...

I really want the success of this platform, for my own personal wants and for wider industry implications.
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Dave Herod Senior Programmer, Codemasters6 years ago
How much air flow does the Tegra need? Isn't this all the same hardware that'll be in Microsoft Surface anyway? It's one more reason why I don't see any point in the Ouya at all. Why bother with this when I could just plug a tablet of similar power into a TV and get the same experience?
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Adam Campbell Game Manager, Azoomee6 years ago

The way I look at it is maybe so but at what cost?

I doubt there is any product with the same specs and capabilities at that price. Plus a controller with a potentially innovative design and touch mechanics.

I think the most important thing is the whole package the company may be able to provide though. Even if it isn't quite what it was hoping to be, you'll have a powerful, fully customisable and hackable box - with no warranty issues :p
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Dave Herod Senior Programmer, Codemasters6 years ago
Well, there might not be one at that price yet, but then the Ouya isn't out yet. The Nexus 7 is already bringing tablets down to a more affordable price. I can't imagine it'd be too long before a cheap tablet outperforms it.
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Hugo Dubs Interactive Designer 6 years ago
Isn't the difference in the open development/distribution process?
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