The Android-based game console that has attracted so much attention will not look anything like your standard console.
That is to say, it won’t be a big and bulky box that takes up space in your living room. Instead, as lead hardware designer Yves Behar said in a Kotaku interview, it will be much smaller.
“Our console is quite small, around the size of a Rubik’s cube, and so it will easily fit anywhere in a room, or be easy to throw in a backpack,” he said.
The Ouya – which boasts a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage – was first tipped off earlier this month when listings from AngelList.com referenced the device.
Since then, it has been made official and gained viral attention since it was added to Kickstarter to earn development funds from people wanting to get in on the ground floor.
There are tens of thousands of investors in the Ouya project on Kickstarter.
Most investors have plunked down at least $99, at which point the company says it will provide a console and a controller.
Streaming video game devices appear to be the big thing these days. Onlive is as popular as ever, and is poised to get a large boost when it fully integrates with Google TV.
And Sony just acquired Gaikai, the other key player in the “Netflix for video games” market.
Of course, Android isn’t exactly the biggest name in the world of gaming, or even in the world of mobile gaming. So it certainly will be a test to make Ouya a success.