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Uhrman: "There Will Be A New Ouya Every Year"

Jonathan Lester
Julie Uhrman, Ouya

Uhrman: "There Will Be A New Ouya Every Year"

"We'll Take Advantage Of Faster, Better Processors"

Interesting news from the Ouya team, who confirms that they plan to release a new console on an annual basis.

"Our strategy is very much similar to the mobile strategy," Ouya CEO Julie Uhrman announced to Engadget. "There will be a new Ouya every year. There will be an Ouya 2 and an Ouya 3.

"We'll take advantage of faster, better processors, take advantage of prices falling. So if we can get more than 8GB of Flash in our box, we will."

Before you reach for the comments, fellow backers, it's worth noting that early adopters won't be left out in the cold. Uhrman was quick to point out that "all games will be backwards compatible," and purchases will be tied to user accounts, leaving us free to upgrade down the line. Plus, remember, the Ouya is designed to be relatively easy to unscrew and tinker with yourself if you fancy taking matters into your own hands.

Over 1200 dev kits are currently in the hands of developers, many of whom have already pledged support to the Ouya including Double Fine, XMBC and others. The retail version should be shipped to backers in March, all being well.

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theslickmeister  Feb. 8, 2013 at 08:41

~le sigh~

This isn't good news, if their market goes anything like iOS development, which it will as devs are always trying to squeeze as much processing power out of the hardware as possible, then it won't be long before newer games won't be able to run on first gen OUYA and they start becoming obsolete forcing users to upgrade.

X10  Feb. 8, 2013 at 12:53

Yeah, this does not sound like a good thing overall for the consumer or the developer. A new machine a year is not long enough to push the boundaries of the capabilities of the unit.

Ah well.

JonLester  Feb. 8, 2013 at 18:17

We'll be talking about this in tomorrow's Game Buzz news podcast, but it's worth remembering that the Ouya is designed to be relatively easy to open, tinker with - in fact, it's designed to be 'hackable.' I daresay that immensely clever people with soldering irons and wrist clips will publish loads of YT videos showing how to upgrade for less than buying new!

Last edited by JonLester, Feb. 12, 2013 at 10:56
theslickmeister  Feb. 12, 2013 at 08:34

Jon, can you provide a link regarding the OUYA being upgradable? I can't seem to find anything - could it be possible you're confusing it with the Xi3/Piston? as that's designed to be very modular. Thanks.

JonLester  Feb. 12, 2013 at 11:00

@theslickmeister: Good question. The Ouya isn't exactly designed to be modular or upgradeable, per se (that was poor phrasing on my part in the comment above), but it is designed to be easy to tinker with. From the original pitch:

"Have at it: It's easy to root (and rooting won't void your warranty). Everything opens with standard screws. Hardware hackers can create their own peripherals, and connect via USB or Bluetooth. You want our hardware design? Let us know. We might just give it to you. Surprise us!"

Given that, I don't think it will be long before we start seeing all manner of interesting homebrewed ways to upgrade, casemod or plain mess with the Ouya - though much of this might be a bit scary for more mainstream gamers.



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