OUYA development consoles begin shipping today

To get the ball rolling on bringing great content for OUYA users, OUYA has started shipping development consoles to those who were in line for one. A thread was made at an OUYA fansite by a forum admin for people to report to once they have gotten their shipping email or have received the actual units.

One user has already reported a shipping email, and their console is expected to arrive sometime between December 30th and January 10th. We’re hearing that some might get lucky and start receiving the console as early as December 28th, but there’s been no confirmation as to whether or not that’ll actually happen. We will know by tomorrow, though, so just keep an eye on your inbox and your doorstep in the meantime.

The OUYA team recently announced several more titles and new partnerships with developers to help fill out the launch roster. Since OUYA will be based on Android 4.1 and higher there isn’t much legwork to be done to get these games up and running on the cubed console, but developers still have some work to do.

For starters, they have to make sure their code is optimized for the OUYA’s Tegra 3 chipset, make sure full controller support is achieved and get other various assets and have their loose ends tied up to make sure their games are sitting pretty in OUYA’s store.

More exciting than the games will be the open nature of OUYA. Since the hardware and software will invite tinkering and third-party development there’s a lot more to look forward to than just games.

We’ll have to wait and see what the development community ends up doing with the box, but we imagine that the times ahead are very exciting. If you’re a developer expecting a console shipment be sure to let us know when your estimated delivery date is, and don’t forget to discuss the OUYA and everything Android gaming over at AndroidForums.com.

Greetings,

We shipped your OUYA Developer Kit!

This is exciting news, so we thought we’d share it with you. 

Here are the details:

Your order was shipped via DHL Express Worldwide, and is estimated to arrive December 31, 2012 – January 10, 2013.

The following items were included in this shipment:

1 x SAMPLE Dev Kit: Console + 2x Controllers (90E2-0V10010)

This shipment was sent to:

“REMOVED ADDRESS”

Tracking Number REMOVED TRACKING NUMBER

You can track your package by clicking the link below:

http://www.dhl.com.hk/REMOVED_REST_OF_LINK

(Please allow 24-48 hours for tracking number to be recognized on the carrier website.)

Thank you for believing in OUYA!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/vanhouse David VanHouse

    Tegra3=WEAK =)

    • Michael Thompson

      Not as weak as that comment with no alternatives given.

      • jbo1018

        Qualcomm S4 Pro (APQ8064)

        • picaso86

          and you officially ruined this thread….

          • jbo1018

            LOL. How did I do that?

  • FortTech101

    Cool!

  • jimmy

    I don’t get the purpose of this. Why not just mirror games from my phone to my TV and use my PS controller?

    • jbo1018

      The Idea is: One, its already hooked up to your tv so no messing with cables. Two, the controllers are already paired so no messing with that. Finally third, (and most important) the games will be optimized for that processor and with that controller in mind. (no more button mapping, touch emulation crap, etc)

      • Michael Thompson

        Connecting an hdmi cable is the same on both devices, so that argument is out the window.

        • jbo1018

          The argument was that the HDMI cable “is already hooked up to the tv .” You don’t have to plug in the OUYA every time you go to use it then unplug when your done.

          • Michael Thompson

            Oh. Yeah.

            Don’t kill yourself plugging in an HDMI cable there, sport. :

          • jbo1018

            LOL ok SPORT I won’t. Because that was totally the point.

  • Eyad (formerly CTownOL)

    Is this really much different from any other Android device powered by Tegra3? Android is bound to have perfect 1080p support (which will help for devices that mirror to the TV as well). This is definitely not a bad product but I don’t see why publishers are going to release some games exclusively on the Amazon Appstore and now some games are going to be released exclusively on this device? All of these devices are essentially built using the same (or equivalently strong) parts…

  • Michael Thompson

    I wanted to get behind this so much, but my current tablet is such a monster when it comes to gaming/multimedia that I didn’t really see the point of a home-based Android gaming system tied to the TV.

    • refined gentleman

      More than one person playing? 70″ screen and awesome sound? get to use real controllers?

      • Michael Thompson

        Like the bluetooth controller paired to my tablet that has HDMI out and connect to TVs also?

        • edoggy

          Can you pair more than one bluethooth controller to the tablet for two person gaming?

    • http://www.facebook.com/GVizzle Gabor Visnovits

      I’m just not convinced yet on an Android powered gaming system for the TV. I’ll just have to wait to see whats offered as i’m not sold on it yet. My eyes right now are on Valve with the big picture idea and making games run in Linux.

  • RavenFox

    This device is to late and very now obsolete. The flash will wear off fast.