The world is currently in the smartphone revolution. iOS, Windows 8 and Android operating systems are battling it out to gain supremacy. Of the three operating systems, Android remains to be Open source. Because of this open nature, projects such as this can come into a realization.
The OUYA team realized a need, a need that far outweighed their expectations. Console gaming is not yet dead, just dormant. Now it is about to get disrupted.
With the Android powered OUYA, people can play their regular Android games on the big screen just like their consoles. It is just about the size of a Rubik’s Cube and it comes with a full sized controller that is comparable to console controllers today. The controller itself is armed with touchpads, buttons, and analog sticks, and possibly more in the future.
Because of the open nature of Android, and the immediate availability of Android Games in the market, there shouldn’t be any trouble for OUYA to find games that will run on the “console”. Devs won’t have to worry about creating games for new operating systems. They just have to port the games over to Jelly Bean and it will take care of both Console Gaming and Smartphone Gaming.
While the specs are pretty standard, with the abundance of pledges and backers, there is certainly room for improvement. The OUYA team announced a “stretch” incentive, which allows us to suggest added features to make the OUYA even more of a success in playing these Android Games. There are those who were quick to respond.
One thing I could suggest was to increase the memory capacity, which is currently just 8GB. Since games that will be optimized for the OUYA will need to play well on a large screen, it would make sense that downloaded game data for each of these android games might be a lot larger than its smartphone counterparts to accommodate larger textures so that it won’t look too pixelated on screen. Feel free to visit their Kickstart page to put in some awesome suggestions.
The success of such a project may be anyone’s guess right now, but the sheer amount of pledges they received is enough to say that people want this, and they are throwing money at it like crazy. Hopefully this will finally add another dimension to the growing gaming industry, and finally increase the amount of games being produced for the Android operating system.
Are you excited about this new development as well?
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