AN ANDROID BASED games console is doing some business on Kickstarter this week, and is slowly working its way up to the $1m in investment its creators need.
Gaming system Ouya is Android based and lets users play games on their televisions. It hopes to take the success of casual gaming enjoyed on smartphones to home gaming and computing, and if it gets the investment it needs it could disrupt the established home gaming market.
The system will cost $100 and Ouya will offer an app store like experience where games and gaming will be almost free, says the Kickstarter information.
"Ouya is a new game console for the TV, powered by Android. We've packed this little box full of power. Developers will have access to Ouya's open design so they can produce their games for the living room, taking advantage of everything the TV has to offer," says the information.
"Best of all, Ouya's world-class controller, console, and interface come in one beautiful, inexpensive package. All the games on it will be free, at least to try."
What's good about this is that it opens up game development to a much wider set of developers. Where before developers would have to build software with a particular console or consoles in mind, now they can just tinker on one using Android.
"Developers can wave farewell to the roadblocks of bringing a console game to market. Anyone can make a game: every Ouya console is a dev kit. No need to purchase a license or an expensive SDK. It's built on Android, so developers already know how it works," it adds.
"That doesn't mean Ouya is an Android port. You can create the next big title in your bedroom - just like the good old days! Who needs pants!?"
Console specifications are already out, and they aren't bad. For your money you get a Tegra 3 quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal flash storage, HDMI, wireless connections, one USB port, a wireless controller and the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. µ