OUYA is a big deal, folks — the $8 million Kickstarter project that made the Android-based gaming console a reality tell us that much. But if you didn’t believe OUYA was treading major waters before, you will now: the project has received $15 million in new funding from venture capitalists and NVIDIA. That’s quite big for a relatively new startup, but it doesn’t hurt that OUYA had the crowd-sourced backing of hundreds of thousands of people who pledged early dollars through Kickstarter.
The OUYA gaming console can’t hold a candle to today’s top gaming consoles in terms of hardware, but for the price this thing will launch for — around the low $100s — you couldn’t ask for much more. Tegra 3 is a very powerful piece of hardware in the right hands. While not all of the 12,000 developers who have registered to make games for OUYA will produce classic gems, we can’t imagine a few of the titles in the works won’t give big time games a run for their money.
We’re already seeing OUYA exclusives announced left and right, and major titles from the Google Play Store are already being ported with haste. We’ve already detailed a few of the early OUYA titles, and it’s clear to see why folks are so excited for its arrival. OUYA’s already in the hands of those who got in on the early bird Kickstarter backing train, but we probably won’t know the full extent of the console’s potential until it launches online and in retail this summer.