Android’s first gaming console – OUYA
Gaming consoles have been around since almost two decades now and most of us have spent hours playing them in the middle of our living rooms growing up . From the early Atari and Sega days to the more recent PlayStation and Xbox era, everybody enjoys playing them to the fullest. With the passage of time, more and more game developers have slowly started to shift their focus on to mobile gaming. These days even ( higher end) smartphones have become powerful gaming devices which support various 3D console titles like Shadow gun, Max Payne, Mass Effect etc.
With that in mind, there is a new Android powered gaming console developed called OUYA. This powerful little device consists of an Nvidia Tegra 3 Quad Core Processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB of internal storage, 1080p video support via HDMI, Bluetooth LE 4.0, USB 2.0, and WiFi 802.11 b/g/n. The device has a starting retail price of USD 99 only which is relatively quite cheap as compared to all the other gaming consoles out there. Obviously it cannot be compared with higher end machines like the PS3 or an Xbox 360 but it still manages to attract alot of enthusiasm from people around the world.
The OUYA gaming console comes with a traditional wireless controller with standard controls (two analog sticks, d-pad, eight action buttons, a system button), and a touchpad. As mentioned earlier, the device would be running on Android 4.0 ICS which means that like any other (open source) Android device, this device would be a treat of hackers as well who would like to modify their console however they want.
The possibilities are limitless, and conversations with potential partners are already underway. OUYA performs as a multimedia device performing wonders with games such as Chaos Online, StarCraft, or League of Legends. Other features include watching Twitch.TV on your OUYA.
So now the question which arises in everyone’s mind is that why do we need an Android console when our phones are mostly capable of doing all the same things? There is a certain quality to be expected when a device is designated for one purpose rather than designed to handle an abundance of tasks. Why do you think Google made the Nexus Q? It’s all Android but it was built specifically to act as a cloud jukebox. With OUYA we could expect the same dedication to design and detail to be applied to gaming on an Android device, and aside from convenience, it could provide the sort of experience we have yet to see from a smartphone or tablet, bridging the gap between console and mobile gaming once and for all.
- Tegra3 Quad-core processor
- 1GB RAM
- 8GB of internal flash storage
- HDMI connection to the TV, with support for up to 1080p HD
- WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
- Bluetooth LE 4.0
- USB 2.0 (one)
- Wireless controller with standard controls (two analog sticks, d-pad, eight action buttons, a system button), a touchpad
- Android 4.0
Video Source: IGN