Ouya release date in June: Android Game console to challenge Microsoft Xbox 720

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    This is an exciting time for game lovers. Ouya release date is set for June. The Android game console will challenge Microsoft Xbox 720

    Does OUYA ring any bell? No? Then let me inform you that this unusual sounding name is of a new gaming console. So what’s new? It’s based on Android, and will get refreshed every year.

    Ouya is a fresh new gaming device taking advantage of the Android platform. The $99 gaming console will give a new lease of life to gaming consoles especially at a time when the sales of Microsoft and Sony have shown a slump in their reports. Microsoft is expected to update its Xbox device this year, while Sony still hasn’t confirmed reports about PlayStation’s future. Ouya’price point is another factor which makes both gamers and developers sit up and take notice.

    Ouya founder and CEO Julie Uhrman, has said that the company will bring out an updated device every year. The company started off as a Kickstarter project and is now ready for commercial sales from June this year. Ouya’s current generation of devices is based on Nvidia Tegra 3 chipset and there are plans already for a Tegra 4 update. “Our plan is to have a yearly refresh of Ouya where we leverage the best-performing chips and take advantage of falling component prices to create the best experience we can at the $99 price point,” Uhrman said. She also said that they would try to bring the cost even further down, if possible.

    Ouya runs without directly from plugged power and has no power saving battery required. All the four Tegra processors can run continuously at 1.6 GHz. The console will have 8 GB internal flash storage but the USB port in the device will allow the attachment of an external drive.

    The company has talks going on with content service providers such as Google, Netflix, Hulu and Amzon but there are no concrete plans as of yet.  Uhrman has said that the Ouya app store will be sorted on the basis of engagement rather than sales.  The company will be looking for television exclusive games which may be available on other platforms.

    The Ouya gaming console is a fresh new idea riding on the boom of Android. The challengers to the new gaming platform include tech giants such as Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo.  It will be interesting to see whether this gaming device is able to reignite the spark of interest in console-gaming, and maybe teach a lessons or two in paving the future of games development.