Hey OUYAs,

Feast your eyes on this…

Our office OUYA – the latest prototype we’ve been putting through the paces every day (and most nights) as we jam toward shipping you our product.

Take a moment to reflect, and then keep reading. We have a lot to fill you in on.

HARDWARE

To the hundreds of developers who backed us through Kickstarter to get their hands on our advance dev consoles: Mark your calendars! On December 28, they leave the factory and should arrive within a couple of days (we’ve heard that Turkey and Russia might take a bit longer). Yes, we are shipping these to you on time, as promised.

The dev consoles are an early version of the OUYA console and controller designed for developers to test their games on OUYA. Our Kickstarter developers are the first to get a crack at ‘em! We’re psyched to have you on board, and we can’t wait to see what pours from your brain!

Of course, when the final consoles ship, EVERY OUYA will be a dev console. We told you that already. What we didn’t tell you was that the advance dev consoles you ordered are pretty special – you’ll know what I mean when you open yours. They’re rare drops. :P

The dev consoles aren’t cheap for us to make. And we heard from many of you during the Kickstarter campaign that you simply couldn’t afford one. We wish we could just give them away, and we decided for a few of you – we’d do just that! But you have to work for ‘em…check out our Dev Console Giveaway for more details.

SOFTWARE

Our eyes have been glued to our computer screens building out the OUYA Development Kit (ODK) – tools that do everything from making sure the controller can talk to the game to ensuring that game developers will have the proper tools to get paid.

This early version of the ODK is being tested now. When the dev consoles ship to gamemakers, all developers—even those who may not have their hands on a dev console—will be able to access a web portal where they can download the ODK, get help on our forums, and eventually upload games to OUYA.

While jamming on the ODK, we’ve also had a team focused on the user interface. This involves optimizing Android Jelly Bean to play games on a big screen and spending time understanding the best ways gamers can search for and discover new games. It’s still in development, but it looks great, and the advance dev consoles include a sneak peek…

MEET JULESKANE

That’s me – or how you’ll know me on OUYA anyway!

“That’s great for Julie, but what about my username?”

You’ll have your answer soon enough! By December 25, we’ll email each of you a link to activate your account. For those of you who responded to our survey about preferred usernames, you’ll be able to confirm your choice. For the handful of popular names that had conflicts, we broke the tie(s) by honoring whomever backed OUYA first on Kickstarter. And, if any of you didn’t respond—or didn’t get your preferred username—you can choose a name when December 25 rolls around. Happy Holidays! :)

As we get closer to launch, we’ll be in touch about things like double-checking your shipping address in case you’ve been on the move. But for now, at least one of you can rest easy knowing that you are the only “TurboPianoCat” on OUYA – beating out at least a dozen wannabe TPCs!

Until then!

JulesKane

P.S. Many of you have continued to support us by nominating OUYA for Crunchies Awards in the categories of “Best New Startup” and “Best Hardware Startup” – thank you! If any of the rest of you would like to join in on the action, you can nominate OUYA at http://crunchies2012.techcrunch.com/nominate/

 

Julie

Julie

The Head Honcho

  • Andy Macey

    Great news, thanks for the update. Soo excited for this, now stop reading this and get back to work!

  • Jotta

    Great Job!!!

  • http://www.SignedAdam.webs.com SignedAdam

    Great to see more Progress! can’t wait to get my OUYA

  • http://superouya.de Daniel Baer

    Sounds great. Although I’m no developer, I’m happy that you’re in time with development, so that we may enjoy the OUYA next march. :)

  • Chris Crosbie

    I can not wait to try it!!!!!!

  • http://www.rallypointinteractive.com AndyL

    Do you have a illustration of the final controller layout?

  • Prashanth

    Looks absolutely amazing!

    Can’t wait to get my hands on one not these!
    Would have backed it if I knew about the kick starter website!!
    Anyways keep up the good work and release it already haha.

  • mar100

    Hey Guys, this is great news!

    I am hoping that there will be a new video of the console, i see in the picture?

    I am counting the days when i can get my hands on this android console!
    Can’t wait….

  • Bruce Grier

    Your dev console’s Dec. 28th debut is being commented on by the Slashdot nerds…
    http://hardware.slashdot.org/story/12/12/01/000215/ouya-consoles-will-start-shipping-on-december-28th

  • James Pratt

    Hello, I’m a student who is majoring in software development and was wondering how can I get an OUYA to develop for? Is that something that can be done or no? Thank you for taking the time to read this and if you have any info it would be greatly appreciated.

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    • Richard Hunter

      dear ouya team i just preordered my system and i cant wait to play the system one thing i hope is the team put together a solid online experience for these cause thats what it comes to down the line is the multiplayer perspective thats a huge win for my i can put down my cod and halo days if the ouya team had great FPS with great multiplayer gaming (by the way offensive combat is awesome !!!) hope everything goes well:)

  • Ultimate Life

    dude, i freaking want this so bad im getting it wen it comes out and i hope in the future wen im starting my carrer (which will be in like 8 years) that u guys will make another console for me 2 use to make sell my games because im just a 13 year old who has many ideas but no idea how to make it real yet! im sure ill learn a few thing along the next year or so but i cant really start a bussiness without a collage education. great work so far though and i cant WAIT till march!

    • http://twitter.com/bendingoutward bendingoutward

      Dude, there is absolutely no reason to wait, whether you can make a collage or not. If you need help getting started, ask for help (for example, hit me up on Twitter). Otherwise, this looks solid from a cursory glance: http://www.coreservlets.com/android-tutorial/

  • steven

    I have develop a remote controllor for android system,which can be integrated into any android platform. so you can enjoy all the current android games ,such as “Need for Speed”、“Pro Evolution Soccer 2012″、”NBA 2K13″ 。and also you can use it to play all the game simulators。
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  • Adrian

    I’m so excited about this. i know it will be a success and we will all get what we wanted. I’ve always thought about something like this but never really, like, thought too much about it. It is possible and y’all are doing a great job on this. Hope to see another update on this soon.

  • argo

    i can`t wait to get an ouya

  • jake

    i can not wait to have full android play store on tv will be awsome just an idea here but yall should consider a way to sync a tablet to ouya and do the duel screen thing you know like wii u excepy it would be ouya witha tablet as second screen just think first duel screen competitor agenst wii u gamepad should help sells people could get app and sync screens. things like screen sharing and things like that would be neat to. just let me know if you like my idea [email protected]

  • T3KN0GH057

    I have a single concern about this console which is a deal-maker breaker for me. And i’d like an answer from the hardware/system software developers. I absolutely HATE systems being tied to the internet. For example. with the xbox360 i can’t even download the Optional Media Update package without being connected to X-Box live, will your store allow free content (or even purchased content) to be transfered to the system via usb device (especially system software) because believe it or not i don’t want to EVER connect my OUYA to the internet for any given reason (as well as not ever wanting to connect my XBOX360 or PS3, but they make it -excuse my french- “fucking mandatory”) and for a gamer who doesn’t give two shits about online gaming and think depending on an EVER-CHANGING internet to store and maintain software that I PAY for is a flawed and grevious idea (i’m personally a physical format software type of person, i like to be able to reload my games/software from a backup source, in the case that i need to re-initialize my system software, or in the case that my system is obsolete – as even ouya will eventualy become, i still have software that i paid for) ….

    So i like to know what your policy in this respect is and how will your “online stores” handle intentionally internet-crippled systems. Because the only thing i plan to use the network for at all is streaming media from my Media Server to XBMC.

    • Xargos

      If you hate having systems tied to the Internet so much, I would question why you would want an Android based system for which the games are intended to be bought through an online market. Using the Internet for distribution is one of the main points since it keeps costs lower. It doesn’t mean that you need to do any online gaming.

      There are two reasons that I can see for not wanting to have the system connected to the Internet. One is paranoia, and the other is a desire to be able to pirate apps without risk of being caught.

      • T3KN0GH057

        No, try this on for size.

        I don’t have a internet connection constantly on. I don’t want to have to connect to the internet each time i want to play my ALREADY purchased game. Piracy usually removes online checks so that negates your piracy theory. And as for paranoia, it’s a healthy thing in this day and age when it takes very little info to ruin a person [look at how PSN got hacked and 100’s of thousands of credit card info was attained] but not the issue either.

        Also eventually the ouya will become obsolete, and i may still want to play it (as i do with all my old systems) so if i have to connect to a network that no longer exists in order to use it, its just trash. And i’m a system collector…

        I hate the new consumer model that’s starting to be pushed that you don’t actually own things you purchase anymore and refuse to support it.

        Besides all that I believe my question was specifically addressed to the ouya team, not some random joe.

  • Lemuel Simon

    Finally!
    A ‘real’ next generation console is entering the ring!
    And now that its $99 bucks and open-sourced, I’m totally ditching Wii U, Playstation and Xbox.
    Two questions though, can I use a USB Multiport on this for keyboards/mouse and can it support 4 players at the same time like the Wii?

  • Steve

    Somebody has to make a youtube video of their dev kit unboxing.. PLEASE!!

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    Can I open up a controller, switch the left joystick and left arrow pad, and put it back together? Or will you offer alternate controller pads in the future, such as the Wii U and PS3 configurations? No offense, I just don’t care for the X-Box setup.

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    Meanwhile, as a veteran player (actually since Atari had the idea to launch its first console), my word goes exactly: OUYA!

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