By: Eddie Makuch
The $99 Android-powered Ouya console will launch June 4 in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, its developers have announced. The system began its life last July through a Kickstarter campaign thatraised $1 million in 24 hours and more than $8.5 million when it closed.
“Nine months ago, we shared an idea for an immersive, beautiful, and powerful game console that generated an outpouring of support from game developers, gamers, technology enthusiasts, and more,” Ouya CEO Julie Uhrman said in a statement.
According to Ouya, more than 8,000 developers are creating games for the platform, ranging from startups to established companies like Square Enix, Double Fine, Tripwire Interactive, and Airtight Games.
Ouya units are shipping to backers immediately, while units will be available for purchase in June at Amazon, Best Buy, GAME, GameStop, and Target, and through the Ouya online store. Additional controllers can be purchased for $50.
A new Ouya console will launch every year to take advantage of component price drops.
In addition, Ouya hired Thatgamecompany cofounder Kellee Santiago in February to lead developer relations. She may want to speak with Borderlands developer Gearbox Software CEO Randy Pitchford, who said last week that he is cautious about the system.