Android-based Ouya game console shipping soon

Early birds get their hands on Ouya after December 28.

(Credit: Ouya)

Let the gamers, Android nuts, and open-source geeks rejoice — the Ouya is shipping on time!

Well, at least the developers’ consoles are, that is. Ouya first garnered attention by raising more than $8.5 million on Kickstarter this summer to create an inexpensive, open-source, Android-based game system.

Early supporters of the crowdfunding campaign got first dibs on a finished Ouya for as little as $95, but those aren’t scheduled to ship until March. However, the hundreds of folks who ponied up $699 or more for a first-run, rooted developers’ system with early SDK access get to experience Christmas twice in the same week when their consoles ship on December 28.

If creators of the Ouya do fulfill their original commitment to ship the dev kits in December, they’ll deserve kudos. Plenty of other Kickstarter-funded projects have run into snags meeting original timelines and commitments — the Pebble watch is now months… [Read more]

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