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Android console Ouya goes on sale on Amazon, sells out

Latecomers must wait for three weeks
Tue Jun 25 2013, 12:45

THE ANDROID BASED Ouya games console has gone on sale on Amazon and almost immediately sold out.

We've checked both the US and UK Amazon webpages for the console, which Amazon lists as having been released today, 25 June.

Both websites are showing the games console as unavailable. "Order now and we'll deliver when available," says the webpage, while the webpage offers a three week wait.

We have asked Amazon for more information about its stock and sales, and are waiting for a response.

The Ouya reviews, some of which come from Kickstarter backers, make for uncomfortable reading.

A general feeling of disappointment is our takeaway, and punters are damp eyed at the lack of really good games on the console. However, many accept that the low price, a penny change from £100, might excuse some hardware failings.

"The build quality seems cheap compared to the PS3, Xbox, and even the Wii," said one user. "Unfortunately, for now, there aren't a lot of games available for the Ouya. I haven't seen any standouts among them. Moreover, more than a few seem a bit rough compared to what I expect for software that I buy," added another.

Another Android games console, the Gamestick was due to be released this month but has slipped to August.

The Gamestick developers said that they would use the time to refine the console and apologised to disappointed backers.

"We have [taken] the decision to push back the whole project by [one] month to ensure we can fit this process in. We appreciate that this will frustrate backers keen to get their hands on their device but we did not feel it was fair to bypass this step as it was a key pledge and the feedback will be really welcome," the Gamestick developers said.

"We now expect to ship product from China during early August and expect it to be with you by the middle of the month, prior to units launching in retail." µ


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