The open-source console dream is about to become a reality. The Android based Kickstarter-funded Ouya console is set for release in the US this June. It's curretnly available for pre-order on Amazon, GameStop, Target and Best Buy. As was originally promised, the Ouya console is priced at a very reasonable $99 (around £64), although punters can stump up an additional $49.99 (around £32) for an extra controller.
In an interview with Wall Street Journal, Ouya CEO Julie Uhrman said that the company was in talk with retailers. No deals have been signed off on as yet, but it's likely that supply in retail is to be demand-driven. She also mentioned that investors who backed the console's Kickstarter campaign will received their Ouya consoles as early as March this year.
"The presale is going to be on dot com and we plan on rolling out in physical locations," Uhrman told the Wall Street Journal. "March is the unveiling, when Kickstarter backers get their units and Ouya will be live for all our supporters. In April we will be delivering units from people purchasing, and June will be the official launch."
Ouya is one of the unqualified success stories on the crowd-funding site Kickstarter, raising a whopping $8.5 million (around £5.5m). It's now busy processing around 68,000 pre-orders for the console. There's no word yet on when Ouya will be made available in the UK.