The highly anticipated OUYA Kickstarter project that raised $8.5 million through its campaign back in August has begin shipping gaming consoles to developers who backed the project while it was seeking investments. Currently, the OUYA console units are only being dispatched to developers while the regular buyers will get their devices in March or April of 2013.

For those of you who don’t know this already, OUYA is an open source gaming console which runs Google’s Android platform (see video below for more details). It comes with handheld controllers and can be connected with a television or monitor to have console-like gaming action. Many developers have already announced they’ll support OUYA in their games.

Moreover, earlier this month the company also announced that 10 more titles would become available for OUYA. The ten games include Fist of Awesome, MechKnight Chronicles, Syder Arcade, KidElectro, Space Runner, Legend of Dungeon, iMech Online, DustyRevenge, HolyShield! and Starbound.

The developer kits, dispatched on December 28 as promised, will allow developers to code games and applications for this Android-powered gaming console. This is a smart move by OUYA as many games and apps will become available for the device when it is launched in 2013. The developer kits consist of one console and two controllers.

In addition to sending out units to developers OUYA has also launched the dev portal for developers.

OUYA is a unique project and it’s described by many as a game changer. The release of such gaming consoles will not only help in making games on Android platform better but they also open doors for Android to be used in whole lot of different devices along with smartphones and tablets.

Varun Raj
Varun loves to play with new technology as his bread and butter. He has been advising telecom, media and entertainment companies for more than over 4 years. He currently works at a large consulting organization in Silicon Valley amidst all the action. He has been following Android since it first launched and loves to play around with it in his free time.
  • abir

    wow no comments? Well done to the OUYA team hope they find commercial success when it is released to the public

  • Tezert

    Is there going to be ability, to sync google account to ouya ? ‘cuz as i know, it work on android, and i reaaally doubt that games that you must pay for, are going to be available for free. BTW. if it works on Tegra 3, why there is fan ? Every device working on this processor, have no problem without any cooling, it’s some super mega over clocked version, or they are extremly stupid?

    • Kevin Lupo

      Did you not watch the video at all. They clearly state they included the fan on the processor for those hardware hackers that really want to amp up the device’s performance and get the biggest bang out of it. Which is greatly appreciated that they thought ahead.

      Plus extra cooling never hurts…ever.

      • Edward Feldman

        I think it is a really shitty unit being that there are many boxes out there that steam roll the OUYA like the Q2 from Exoon with the Samsung Cortex-A9 Exynos 4412 1.6GHZ (Quad Core) Chipset, 16GB HD, 2G of RAM,
        and running Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) with XBMC pre configured installed. the hardware on this unit blows this one away and I hear they are working on a unit that is going to change the industry all together. I dont think the OUYA is going to do well at all.