The lights are on
As Ouya's official June 25th retail release nears, the company has secured $15 million in additional funding to "meet increased demand" among other things.
The money comes from the investment firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) with help from other sources, including Nvidia, and Ouya says that it will be used to help with the retail launch as well as support the Android gaming console's development community. Interestingly, not all the pre-release Kickstarter backers have gotten theirs yet.
The company also announced that KPCB general partner and former longtime Electronic Arts executive Bing Gordon will join Ouya's board of directors.
For more on the Ouya, check out Bertz's hands-on impressions with an early version of the system.
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I feel like there is a lot of great support for a not so great system :( It shows how much people want a new console
Surprising, considering it is still behind the curve as of now.
Uhh... ok? I don't really see why, though...
This thing seems really really stupid.
I wonder why not all the backers haven't got theirs.
I don't care how much funding this thing gets I won't be buying it. Between my PC and the upcoming PS4 I won't have the time nor money for another console.
I think this changes things for the Ouya. KPCB obviously expects something for their 15 million, so does this alter the direction for the console that originally started as this great thing for indy developers and fans of indy games? I think so a little, I don't know if this is a good thing or a bad thing for those original people that kickstarted this thing.
While I'm curious about this thing I don't think it's for me. As I understand it the Ouya plays mobile app games on your TV. I have both an iPhone and an iPad and even though I have a few games on both I've never played games on either one for longer than maybe a half hour. In my mind if I can't play a "real" game on my computer or Xbox I'd rather just read random Wikipedia articles instead of playing mobile games. I appreciate indy titles but there's very few even on PC's or Consoles that can hold my attention for any length of time. I grew up playing games on the Atari 2600 and Commodore 64 and to be honest a lot of indy titles sort of seem to emulate a lot of those games and I'm not really all that nostalgic to go back to those days.
Does the Ouya run more games than can be run mobily? Like, what's the point in buying this thing when i can play the same games on my phone while pooping?