OUYA development consoles shipping December 28th, prototype gets pictured for the first time

The OUYA storm is beginning to brew, folks, as the latest Kickstarter update from the project has reached our inbox. Those who’ve pledged were notified that development kits will be sent out starting December 28th for all the developers who want to start creating great games tailored for the Android Jelly Bean-powered gaming cube.

This also marks the first time we’ve ever seen an actual OUYA unit in the wild, prototype or otherwise. While this doesn’t mean much for everyday users in the immediate future, it is important in the long run as developers will have ample time to create, port and optimize the very content that you’ll be sinking your teeth into once the OUYA is available for sale later next year.

The overall package will be a smallish console in roughly the same skin that has been marketed all this time, though we imagine some things could change by the time it hits full-on production . The software is called the OUYA Development Kit — or ODK, for short — and will be accessible through a web-based developer portal shortly after the kits ship. This will give developers the tools needed to create seamless gaming experiences with the OUYA controller, upload games to the OUYA store and ultimately start raking in the dough.

Unfortuntely — as you know — not everyone was able to get their hands on an OUYA development console through the Kickstarter funding period. OUYA says not to worry, though, as you’ll still have access to the software tools as soon as they’re ready, and production OUYA units will be development kits in and of themselves. Some of you may get lucky and win a development console in OUYA’s official giveaway, though, so be sure to read up on how you can participate in that juicy opportunity.

OUYA says those who paid extra to have the hardware early can expect some extra cherries on top of this sweet cake, too. No further details were given, but we can only imagine that developers will receive many thanks for their early support in a very cool way.

Alongside all this good news, OUYA took the opportunity to update folks on the situation regarding early access to usernames. Long story short, you will have ample time to get your request in come December 25th if you haven’t already, and tiebreakers will be handled using chronological order — first come, first serve.

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.

We’re quite excited about this, and while the Android gaming experience we’ve been longing for is just under a year away we can practically feel the project inching forward in our veins with each waking moment and update. Stay tuned to Phandroid as we’ll continue to bring you all there is to know about the OUYA as we make the trek on this interesting path.

[via GameFans]

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  • warcaster

    I hope there will be another version with a high-end Tegra 4 chip by next fall. Unified shaders, much higher performance GPU, 2 Ghz quad core Cortex A15, OpenGL ES 3.0, OpenCL – there’s just a ton of new goodies for games that will be available in these next-gen chips. Real shame that OUYA didn’t wait for them.

    • Andrew torres

      Thats the one thing that’s bothered me in regards to this Android Console. Why didn’t OUYA and Nvidia future proof this device with the Tegra 4 or develop a Unique Chip all together. It’s already being outdated like a smartphone on an every 6 month basis. I’m still down to get this thing and root it tho.

      • scoter man1

        I doubt they had enough money to do that.

      • robjackson81

        For $99 it’s kind of hard to argue the choice. And considering how long it takes to develop a first generation console, you’re never going to release something that’s on the cutting edge until you’ve set a standard and mastered the logistics. NVIDIA’s current chips are pretty great and I don’t see this causing any performance issues. Not to mention, I’m sure if OUYA is successful – which they already have been prior to launch – we’ll see OUYA 2 or OUYA 360 or Super OUYA or OUYAA or whatever – and they’ll continue to iterate and improve.

    • HellG

      I have a GTX 670….but i have to say Nvidia is full of crap! if you see the amount of hype they had last year on the Tegra 3? oh boy they made it sound like something made by aliens! so dont trust their coming chip that much i will go for new Qualcomm/Exynos Chip over tegra hype anyday

    • http://twitter.com/Emosnd Esmond Yeo

      this console should just stick to indie games, like those with simple 2d graphics but with good gameplay.

      if you wanna buy high end games, get an xbox/ps3. games for those platforms have a bigger budget too so they’ll have better graphics/storyline/cinematics. (though the games will cost 10 times more)

      • J Dub

        $200 for the console and $60 a game? There are some pretty decent looking games in the Play Store for a few bucks each.

  • supremekizzle

    I tipped this! Where is my cred?

    • No_Nickname90

      It says GameFans. I’m confused. If you gave them the tip then why does it say Gamefans? Did they get the information from Gamefans? Or did you show them the website?

      • robjackson81

        Just to be clear, Phandroid is an Elite Developer Backer of OUYA so we receive all Kickstarter communications. GameFans committed the highest backer level and will have their name engraved on the first run consoles. Appreciate your tip, supremekizzle, but chances are they saw it and wrote it up before we saw your tip!

  • Montisaquadeis

    I am not to worried someones going to come along and snatch up the handful of user names that I use as they are pretty unique to me and not something generic like loverboy27 or anything of that nature.

  • JulianZHuang

    i backed one and now im worried about the hardware since android get out dated really fast.

  • J Dub

    If the big names in streaming get on this then I may have to pick one up. Netflix, Hulu+, Amazon Prime, etc. etc. This could be big trouble for Roku. A $100 all-in-one system with decent guts?

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