The Kickstarter funded console known as the Ouya looks like it won’t be ready for its expected retail release on June 4th. The release date for the console has been pushed back three full weeks to June 25th.
For those unfamiliar with the Ouya, it is a new console that is based off the Android platform. It has a customized version of the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) operating system on board. It uses this operating system to make a console that plugs into your TV, complete with a controller instead of having to worry about touch screen or accelerometer based control.
Though Ouya will be running Android, it will likely be similar to the Kindle Fire where it will have many of its own unique features. It will not have access to the Google Play Store, but will have its own Ouya store. The system will only cost $99 when it is released.
Ouya is notable for being the second largest funded project on Kickstarter. It is truly an open source system, even allowing users to root the system without voiding the warranty. There is no separate development kit, but developers can work on games using the regular console.
There are a lot of good ideas coming out with the Ouya, but the initial impressions haven’t been that great so far. Though it has plenty of power to play the latest mobile games, it is far behind the current generation of consoles. It will likely find a market among the more casual of gamers.
The biggest issue so far with the console is the lack of quality in the controller. Both The Verge and Engadget had pretty negative complaints about the controller. From removable face plates that are more of a hassle for joystick movement than one would like, to noticeable severe lag between the controller and the game, the Ouya definitely seems like it isn’t quite ready for release yet.
If these initial reviews have had an impact, then we might see an improved version of the Ouya. If these problems aren’t fixed though, this cool project might be one worth skipping for at least the initial iteration.