Ouya available for pre-order

Ouya closes out Kickstarter and sets up site for pre-orders

Ouya's has closed out its Kickstarter funding campaign, and set up a site for pre-orders.

Gamers can now pre-order order Ouya's Android-based console at website the developer set up after its Kickstart campaign came to an end. At ouya.tv, US-based consumers can pre-order a console for $109 (around £70), while consumers outside North America will have to pay (about £76). Prices include shipping costs.

Ouya ended its Kickstarter campaign yesterday, raising a massive $8,596,178 (£5,483,862) for the console's development. The final amount raised obliterated Ouya's original target of $950.00, with the console surpassing it in just eight hours after the campaign originally launched. The task now facing the console's designers is to fulfil their promise to bring affordable gaming to TVs by producing an Android-based console that can be sold for just $99.

While Ouya has generated considerable support and hyperbole within the video games industry, it's also drawn criticism from industry analysts who are sceptical about whether the console can be launched by its planned release date of March 2013. Critics have also opined that while Ouya has drawn backing from publisher Square Enix, who have offered Final Fantasy III as a launch title, other publishers and developers will be put off the console because its open source OS makes it easy to hack.

The Ouya console is designed by award-winning designer, Yves Behar, and his firm Fuseproject. Its design specifications are as follows:

Tegra3 quad-core processor
1GB RAM
8GB of internal flash storage
HDMI connection to the TV, with support for up to 1080p HD
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth LE 4.0
USB 2.0 (one)
Wireless controller with standard controls (two analog sticks, d-pad, eight action buttons, a system button), a touchpad
Android 4.0
ETHERNET! (Announced by Muffi 7/18)