The Ouya kickstarter campaign has already exceeded the expectations of many, despite only starting up just a week ago. At the moment, Ouya has received over $5 million dollars worth of supporter backing and has another three weeks left to bring in even more funds. The momentous enthusiasm for the new Android-based console has been equally met with a fair amount of criticism and scepticism from many in the games industry, but it has a staunch supporter in at least one Australian games development studio.
Ouya aims to counter the movement away from console gaming and bring the gamers back to the TV by providing a cheap, open, and even hackable console platform. Games developers, especially those who are independent, will be enticed by the low barrier of entry and ease of games distribution that Ouya promises, which is a stark contrast to the huge amounts of funds required for a SDK to develop on the traditional games console to produce packaged products that have a limited shelf life at retail.
Digital Distribution is one of the big reasons why Morgan Jaffit, from Brisbane's Defiant Development, is onboard with Ouya. He's has put down a list with another five great reasons why he's so enthusiastic about Ouya which also serves as a way to counter some of the criticisms thrown at the idea of an open Android console. The most striking in the list is Jaffit's thoughts on Ouya's success, and why it doesn't need to take on the console giants of Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo to succeed. From Jaffit's blog post...
(Morgan) We don't see Ouya as a replacement for the current set of consoles, but as a new device. A device that's easy for developers to get onto, and offers users the potential to do new and exciting things with their hardware. It can (and will) live alongside the current consoles - but it doesn't have to beat them to make a huge difference.
Jaffit has expressed his studio's intentions on supporting the new console, and seeing as they've had experience on the Android platform, they'll have absolutely no problems easing in.
So what say you? Will Ouya mark the new era of gaming, or will it fail spectacularly in living up to its potential?