Ouya launch delayed as the game system gains funding

5:15 PM, May 10, 2013   |    comments
The game controller for the Ouya console, launching this June. (Photo: Ouya)
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As USA Today's Brett Molina writes, "For fans of the new Ouya game console, there's good news and bad news."

First, the bad news:  The launch of the low-cost Android-based gaming system has been delayed by three weeks.  That means that those looking to get their hands on the $99.99 console will have to wait until June 25 to have their chance.  That said, those who supported the project on Kickstarter have already begun receiving their units.

Now for the good news:  The whole reason for the delay is to satisfactorily meet consumer demand so that the company can "have enough units on retail shelves when we launch," says founder and CEO Julie Uhrman.

There is also Ouya news of another variety.  It appears that the projected success of the low-cost gaming unit has gained the attention of a number of venture capitalists.  Ouya announced on Friday that it has received $15 million in new funding from firms Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, the Mayfield Fund, and Shasta Ventures.  GPU manufacturer NVIDIA has also chipped in some money.

The Ouya console itself is roughly 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.  Its 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.

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