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With $3m Ouya’s problems are just starting

With $3m Ouya’s problems are just starting

Kickstarter has its latest king, and the Ouya Android console has found itself at the eye of a perfect storm of geek-appeal. Satisfying the retro lusts of console gamers with the open-source idealism of Android aficionados, all wrapped up in a minimal casing the designer cred of which should satisfy all but the most staunch of minimalists, Ouya has unsurprisingly blasted past the $3m mark and, with 28 days left to run, could well become the next poster-child of crowdsourced funding. Make no mistake, though; if previous Kickstarter heroes like Twine and Pebble thought they had problems, Ouya faces a nightmare along with all that cash.

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Ouya aims to rekindle consoles with Android Kickstarter

Ouya aims to rekindle consoles with Android Kickstarter

Console startup Ouya has launched its much-anticipated Kickstarter round, promising free-to-play gaming on a minimalistic and open-source Android box hoping to steal players from phones and tablets. Billed as "a new kind of video game console" and targeting $950,000 through the crowdfunding site, Ouya uses Google's Android OS with a custom controller designed, like the main unit itself, by Yves Behar, and has a target price of just $99.

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Ouya Android device will be a $99 game streaming box

Ouya Android device will be a $99 game streaming box

At least one group of people thinks that Android is a solid platform for video games. There is a new device in development that uses Google's mobile OS specifically for game playback on a TV, and it carries the code name "Ouya." It doesn't appear to have an official license from Google yet, and it's unclear if the developers intend to go that route.

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