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Ouya: A New Console For Under $100

Update: It only took eight hours, but the project reached its Kickstarter pledge goal of $950,000.

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A new startup is looking to battle Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo in the living room with a brand-new console with an inexpensive price point.

Ouya, built on a custom-based Android operating system targeted to launch early next year, is open to any developer looking to publish a game. The developers also set pricing; the one catch is that every game must have a free portion available, whether through a demo or free-to-play model. The console also supports other Android apps, such as TwitchTV, which comes included.

Though some private funding has been secured already, the company has set up a Kickstarter page asking for an additional $950,000. You can visit Ouya's page right here.

So far, no games have been confirmed, but a number of notable developers are already praising the device, such as Mojang, the developer behind Minecraft, Brian Fargo of inXile Entertainment, and Jenova Chen of thatgamecompany.

Below are the current hardware specs.

Console 

Tegra 3 -- Quad-core processor 

1 GB LPDDR2 RAM 

8 GB on-board flash 

HDMI connection to the TV at 1080p HD 

WiFi 802.11bgn

Bluetooth LE 4.0 

Enclosure opens with standard screws

Controller 

Wireless controller with 2.4Ghz RF 

Standard game controls (two analog sticks, d-pad, eight action buttons, a system button) 

Touchpad, for porting mobile games more easily 

2x AA batteries 

Enclosure opens with standard screws

OS and software

Android 4.0 

Custom TV UI

Integrated custom game store -- find and download games (and other apps)

Includes SDK for game development 

Ability to root device without voiding warranty

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