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Amazon to sell Ouya games console

And some high street stores
Tue Feb 05 2013, 10:02

THE ANDROID BASED Ouya games console will have some big name retailers including Amazon lined up when it goes on sale.

The Ouya should start retailing this June. When it does it is going to appear on Amazon and in US stores including Best Buy.

The firm behind the console is expecting business to be brisk. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal CEO Julie Uhrman said that the Ouya has 68,000 backers from Kickstarter and has generated a real buzz.

"I think it's fair to say to get established players [...] excited about pre-selling Ouya speaks to the excitement in the marketplace," she said. "We've had 68,000 backers, we have more than that in pre-orders today."

The Ouya is likely to come flush with games. According to the company some of the seed money it raised through Kickstarter is going towards funding game titles, while its development kit is said to have been downloaded around 22,000 times.

The USB-stick sized Gamestick Android console appeared after the Ouya, and has stolen some of its thunder. While the Ouya costs $99 and comes with a box, like the Nintendo Gamecube, the Gamestick is just that, a stick and a thin controller. It is pocket sized and portable, where the Ouya is not.

The Ouya is being refined however, and in late January its controller got a redesign. We've had a play. It was fun, but the games were perhaps a bit lightweight.

The Gamestick raised $647,658 from a $100,000 goal when its Kickstarter session closed last week. It is expected to be released this spring. µ


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