Review: Ouya brings indie games to your TV

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Posted on June 27, 2013
This photo provided by Ouya shows an Ouya, the Android-based video game console that aims to challenge the dominance of the Xboxes, Nintendos and PlayStations of the world. The console goes on sale Tuesday, June 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Ouya)

This photo provided by Ouya shows an Ouya, the Android-based video game console that aims to challenge the dominance of the Xboxes, Nintendos and PlayStations of the world. The console goes on sale Tuesday, June 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Ouya)

The ongoing explosion in independently developed, low-budget video games has been a boon for players who travel. Whether I’m on the road with an iPad, an Android smartphone or a laptop, I know there’s a huge library of games to play.

When I get home, though, I want to play on a bigger screen. That’s where the Ouya comes in. It promises to deliver the best in inexpensive indie gaming on a high-resolution screen, through a small device that runs the Android operating system designed for phones and tablets.

Ouya costs just $100—a few hundred dollars less than what you’d pay for a major game console. Thousands of gamers and game developers got Ouyas over the past few months after contributing at least $95 to Ouya’s creators through the group-fundraising site Kickstarter. The device went on sale more broadly on Tuesday.

Ouya runs Google’s Android system and is built around Nvidia’s Tegra 3 processor, used mostly in smartphones and other mobile devices. That should make it easy to port over the thousands of games already made for Android phones and tablets, but for now you’re limited to software specifically designed for Ouya. Nearly 180 games are available so far through Ouya’s online store, with many more expected.

Read more at: Phys.org



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