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OUYA game console to be sold at all major retailers this June

Staff Reporter

Published: Thursday, February 7, 2013

Updated: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 00:02

Ouya Game Console

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Ouya, the Android app-based gaming console

OUYA, the android app-based gaming console that is sweeping the gaming world by storm, will be available in all major retailers such as Amazon, Target and Best Buy in June.


The Rubik’s Cube sized console will be priced at $99.


Students at Sam Houston State University are divided about the announcement.


 “Android mobile gaming on a console is awesome,” freshman student Samira Williams said. “It’s totally legit.”


Another student doesn’t like it because it is not his kind of game.


“I wouldn’t like the OUYA for myself. I’m pretty picky when it comes to games,” freshman student Kristopher Beverly said. “I think it’d be better for those who are really into indie games.”
The console came to fruition from Kickstarter.com, a crowd-sourced funding website. The OUYA project raised $8.6 million last August. According to Wired.com, OUYA sold over 68,000 through it’s Kickstarter campaign alone. The company is continuing to offer pre-orders through their website Ouya.tv.


Gaming developer DoubleFine announced today that they, along with the Words With Friends creator, have partnered with OUYA. They won’t have to purchase expensive software to create their projects; they can do it straight from the console.


As for the question of OUYA’s potential success, Williams is very positive about it.


“I definitely think it will because the portable convenience gives it an edge”, Williams said.


Beverly, however, feels cautiously optimistic.


“I think it will to an extent”, Beverly said. “But I don’t know if indie games will pick up enough popularity for it to succeed in the long run”.

 

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