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Ouya delays Android games console due to cash injection

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Thu May 09 2013, 15:45
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THE ANDROID BASED GAMES CONSOLE called Ouya is going to be a bit delayed.

This is good news though, as it is being delayed because the console developers have more cash to spend on it, $15m more to be precise.

Ouya already raised around $7m on Kickstarter, and now, when it should be taking its last steps towards completion, it has had almost twice as much more injected into it by lovely venture capitalists.

We were expecting the console in early June, but that has slid back to 25 June. The time and money will in part be used to solve an issue with sticky buttons, something that usually only happens once consumers have taken some hardware home with them.

The money comes from venture capital firms and other companies including Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB), Nvidia, Shasta Ventures, and Occam Partners. KPCB's general partner Bing Gordon will join the Ouya board of directors as a result.

"We want Ouya to be here for a long time to come," said Julie Uhrman, Ouya founder and CEO.

"The message is clear: people want Ouya. We first heard this from Kickstarter backers who provided more than $8 million to help us build Ouya, then from over 12,000 developers who have registered to make an Ouya game, next from retailers who are carrying Ouya online and soon on store shelves, and now from top pioneering investors."

Gordon is in charge of digital investments at KPCB and is a veteran of the games industry, having started at Electronic Arts in 1982.

"Ouya's open source platform creates a new world of opportunity for established and emerging independent game creators and gamers alike," he said.

"There are some types of games that can only be experienced on a TV, and Ouya is squarely focused on bringing back the living room gaming experience. Ouya will allow game developers to unleash their most creative ideas and satisfy gamers craving a new kind of experience."

Ouya consoles should start arriving in living rooms on 25 June. If you want one, you are going to have to come up with around £100, plus another £50 if you want two controllers. µ

 

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