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Ouya Starts Shipping To Backers On March 28th

Jonathan Lester
Julie Uhrman, Kim Swift, Ouya

Ouya Starts Shipping To Backers On March 28th

Kim Swift To Debut "Funky, Unique" Exclusive

It won't be long until the first commercial Ouya consoles start wending their way to Kickstarter backers, several months ahead of the commercial launch.

Ouya CEO Julie Uhrman confirmed the news in the latest backer update. "OUYAs will begin shipping to Kickstarter backers on March 28," reads the missive. "That’s right. Parts are in the factory and assembly lines are buzzing. We’ll gradually ramp up production as we make sure things are working. (Our full launch is still set for June, which is when OUYA will be available in stores!)"

"Meanwhile, tens of thousands of yu [sic] will receive your OUYA, and you’ll get to start playing right away. You will also get to watch OUYA evolve over the coming weeks and months. We’ll continue to add new features, refine our user experience, and bring on more games. As always, we appreciate your feedback (and apply it), so keep it coming."

Uhrman also confirmed that Portal co-designer Kim Swift, of recent Quantum Conundrum fame, is working on an exclusive title to debut on the system.

"“We truly feel that this platform will give us the freedom to fully realize the funky, unique game we have in mind," Swift writes. "Though the title will definitely appeal to core gamers in terms of skill and difficulty, it really has a completely unexpected, imaginative slant that's totally at home on this console. Expect an official announcement soon!"

Not long now, fellow backers. We'll naturally let you know when our consoles turn up and will deliver our take on the hardware as soon as we can.

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