POPULAR UPSTART Ouya, the open-to-all Android based games console project has ended its Kickstarter funding drive and expects to start shipping hardware as early as next April.
The Ouya system is a throwback to the golden, olden days of gaming, when anyone could develop a game for a computer system, and a reaction against the closed shops of the main players that keep indie game developers locked out.
So far things have gone well for the Android based games console proposition, and its fundraising period saw it easily beat its own targets and announce some content deals including an exclusive Final Fantasy release.
Now that the fundraising period is over the console is available for pre-order, and is expected to ship in April 2013.
It is quite keenly priced at around $120 or £75 for the console and one controller. Selecting the console and four controllers takes you up to $209, or £135. Those prices are for international orders. If you live in the US you will get to pay a bit less.
The Kickstarter listing for Ouya had a funding target of $950,000 to start development. When it closed last night Ouya had raised $8,596,475 from 63,416 backers. µ
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