Xbox co-creator reveals $99 Android gaming console

ouya3 Xbox co creator reveals $99 Android gaming console

One of the co-creators of Microsoft's Xbox is reportedly working on a $99 Android-powered game console that provides games for free.

One of the co-creators of Microsoft's Xbox is reportedly working on a $99 Android-powered game console that provides games for free.

 
Ed Fries, one of the people behind the original Xbox, and designer Yves Béhar, the man behind the design for the One Laptop per Child project, are developing what could become a potential fourth major console for the next generation of console gaming.
 
The project is called Ouya (or Oooh! Yah!, as the phonetics is obviously designed to convey) and the significantly lower price-tag could give all the current players a run for their money, even beating out Microsoft's recent $99 Xbox, which requires a two-year subscription to Xbox Live to get it at that price.
 
Even better for the cash-strapped among us, the games will reputedly be free, which will win over many of those who cannot afford the often extravagant prices of current console games. Of course, this point also raises questions about how developers will make profits and how high quality the games will be; chances are ads will be involved to make up the shortfall.
 
ouya1 Xbox co creator reveals $99 Android gaming console
 
The fact that the console will run on Android means it should theoretically be possible to play any existing Android games, though scaling them for a TV may be a problem. Presumably a separate Ouya Market will be employed for Ouya-compatible games, but undoubtedly someone will find a way to access the normal Android Market and its larger selection of titles.
 
Those excited about the project will have to wait a while, however, as it is currently only in the design stage, with a few concept images of the device, which looks like a slightly rounded cube (and thus reminiscent of Nintendo's GameCube, albeit without the bright colours), available.
 
Concept images of the interface show that it looks a little like Xbox Live. 
 
ouya2 Xbox co creator reveals $99 Android gaming console
 
As mobile games become a bigger part of the industry, the possibility of bringing these back to the traditional console arena is an interesting one, but the chances of it completely toppling the reign of the existing console giants is likely slim.
 
Source: Joystiq