The game controller for the Ouya console, launching this June. (Photo: Ouya)
The home video game console business will officially add one more contender this summer.
The Ouya console, which will support an open, Android-based operating system, will be available this June at retailers including Amazon, Best Buy, Gamestop and Target.
Originally reported by the Wall Street Journal, the Ouya is open for pre-orders on each retailer's website. The console with Bluetooth controller will sell for $100, while additional game controllers cost $50.
The console is the size of a Rubik's cube, and features an Nvidia Tegra3 quad-core processor, 8 GB of flash storage and support for 1080p HD using a HDMI connection.
The controller is similar to those found on traditional video game consoles, sporting two analog sticks, a directional pad, four face buttons, two shoulder buttons and a pair of back triggers. It also has a touchpad for mouse- or touch-based controls.
The launch comes as the next wave of video game consoles from Microsoft and Sony are expected to arrive as soon as this year. Sony is hosting a PlayStation event Feb. 20, where it is expected they will announce the successor to the PlayStation 3. Microsoft, the makers of the Xbox 360, is also expected to unveil a new game console this year.
- by Brett Molina, USA TODAY