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Ouya, the $99 Kickstarter-funded Android console, has released a new email update to its backers. The update introduces Muffi Ghadiali, a key member of the hardware design team, and announces an important change to the hardware design.
We've printed the full text of the email below. In his message to fans, Ghadiali reveals his long background in technology design, including time spent working on the Kindle Fire. He also says that -- in response to fan requests -- an Ethernet port is being added to the Ouya. However, he cautions not to expect many changes to the fundamental design of the console -- which he claims can easily be manufactured for under $99, despite what some online critics have said.
Project Update #3: Welcome Muffi!
So it’s time for us to reveal our secret weapon, someone who has been working with us tirelessly behind the scenes to bring OUYA to life, and today we’re pulling back the curtain.
Meet Muffi Ghadiali from our team, who is in charge of making the OUYA product, hardware and software.
Muffi joined OUYA from Lab126, a part of Amazon, where he worked on the Kindle line of products.
I thought it would be best if you heard directly from him, so he wrote to you...
I’m Muffi, and I want to tell you a little bit about what we’re working on at OUYA.
I came out of Lab126’s product team where I worked on the Kindle line -- hardware and software. I worked every day with engineering, product design, industrial design, operations, supply chain, and QA teams.
I joined OUYA because I saw--early on--the potential for an open technology to change how gaming works. Gamers are unique. They are sophisticated and they follow products from the first idea all the way to market. For a product guy like me, that's exciting. We're getting a lot of feedback, great support and lots of questions. Sometimes those are tough questions but they keep me at the top of my game. It's pretty cool that Kickstarter facilitates a direct dialogue with future users.
My job at OUYA is to ensure that we meet the needs of gamers and developers.
In short, I’m here to deliver OUYA.
I know from experience that this can be done:
So here’s what we’re doing now...
And we heard your feedback: yes, yes, we’ll add an Ethernet jack. We have a lot of consoles to make, so I wouldn’t expect too many more changes to the spec.
Please keep sending your comments. We are doing everything to deliver for you.
Again, thank you to the almost 40,000 of you (!!) who are backing OUYA -- we can’t wait to get it in your hands.
P.S. Muffi is also hiring some engineers to join our team. So if you know the Android OS well, and want to help us make OUYA, hit us up. (We bet you can figure out a way to get in touch with him...)
Related: Previous Ouya Update
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Not if stick in my pants, or happy to see $99 console.
Its probally the first.
It still looks like it could be a success. I am skeptical of the cost but then again I dont know what the exact price of materials would cost. You gotta remember alot of what they are puting into OUYA will be bought in bulk and manufactured in house, that alone could make for lower production costs. I just hope it doesnt turn into an over priced "plug'n'play".
At least he's got some experience with peripherals such as the Kindle...
Yeah we'll see. I doubt it's going to be any more than an afternote on the sales of the big console manufacturers and their AAA buddies.
Gamers are willing to pay more the $100 for a good consol. That price point makes me feel like I'm getting the processing power of a Gameboy. I love the idea but I need more power to convince me to pull out my credit card.
I personally am not too intrigued by this because I don't even own an Android/Iphone and don't ever play those games. They're taking a huge risk here, but in my honest opinion I doubt that this will be able to stand against the "big three". I'll give it the benefit of the doubt but I wouldn't be betting all my chips on this, sorry Ouya.
When I think about a console, I think in triple A games. When I think about OUYA, I think playing Angry Birds, Amazing Alex and mobile games on the TV. OUYA is simply putting your mobile games on the TV mapped to a controller.
I hope that some good games get released for this. Maybe, if they can manage to corral Minecraft and a bunch of other fun indie games, I'll buy this. I'm envisioning Bastion, Minecraft, Braid, Limbo, and Fez. But wait...I already have all of those. Sorry Ouya. I probably won't be buying you unless you can get some major support from good developers like Bioware or Bethseda.