Ouya console raises $3 million and counting

The Ouya $99 Android-powered gaming console has taken a huge step towards reality with the raising of nearly $3 million on Kickstarter in just over 24 hours.

The Ouya $99 Android-powered gaming console has taken a huge step towards reality with the raising of nearly $3 million on Kickstarter in just over 24 hours.

 
The console, which will run on Android 4.0, will make gaming incredibly affordable, not only because of its low initial price, but because the games will all be free (though we expect some kind of advertising or locked features to entice developers to make games for this platform).
 
The console will feature a Tegra3 quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal flash storage, Bluetooth, Wi-fi, HDMI, USB 2.0, and a wireless controller and touchpad. 
 
 Ouya console raises $3 million and counting
 
It will also be open to rooting, which won't void the warranty, and the team behind it say “hackers welcome,” inviting hardware hackers to create their own peripherals.
 
Supporters of the project have come out in force, pledging anywhere from $10 to $10,000, with rewards for pledges ranging from reserved usernames and a copy of the console to developer goodies and dinner with the creators. A whopping $2,925,677 has been pledged at the time of writing, and growing rapidly.
 
With the next-generation of consoles just around the corner and such significant support for Ouya, we could see some major new competition in the market that the big three, Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony, may find difficult to match.