One of the more interesting Android stories this year has been the OUYA, a console that’s like none before it and a charming success story of how integral Kickstarter can be for a new company. For a long time now, we’ve been hearing positive things about the OUYA and the retail launch of the console is creeping ever closer. Now though, the console has been hit with a slight delay hitting store shelves. The console was due to launch at retail come June 4th, but this has now been pushed back to June 25th, due to some issues with the controller. CEO of OUYA, Julie Uhrman says that “We’ve had incredibly positive reactions from our retail partners” and that the slight delay will help them get more units on shelves.
As well as this, the change in release date has been made to ensure that regular consumers don’t come across button sticking issues that backers have been experiencing. This issue has been fixed by producing the controller with larger button holes. There’s no telling whether or not OUYA will be offering replacement controllers to backers but, we’d certainly like to hope so.
It’s not all bad news for the OUYA though, as they’ve recently gotten a further $15 Million in funding. Kleiner Perkins Caulfield and Byers is just one of the companies getting in on the action, which has brought their employee, Bing Gordon, who is also an Exec at EA to sit on the board at OUYA. What’s funny about this is the statement that Gordon made:
“OUYA’s open source platform creates a new world of opportunity for established and emerging independent game creators and gamers alike”
That doesn’t sound right coming from an Exec who works for a company that locks users into Origin on the PC and tries their very best to nickel and dime their customers with micro-transactions on top of pretty much every game they sell now. We digress.
One thing’s easily said about the OUYA, it’s refreshing to see something come from a Kickstarter campaign with a goal that’s going to be achieved in a competent manner with a clear business vision on top of things. With the new XBOX and PS4 coming soon, our living rooms are going to get a lot more exciting, and the competition to control it a lot more fierce. I’m a PC Gamer at heart so I don’t think I’ll be buying another high-end console but, the OUYA at just 99 bucks? I might buy two.