It seems that Android is starting to slowly extend its presence away from smartphones and tablets, but this is not a bad thing as a new Kickstarter project shows. Meet the OUYA: A New Kind of Video Game Console based on an open Android platform and running Android-based games on your TV. A portable, power efficient, nice looking, comfortable to use, hackers welcome and affordable to get… sounds promising right? And apparently the community likes the project considering the fact that the goal of the project of $950,000 USD has been reached in just a few hours and in day one of the project announcement it has more than two million dollars pledged, a clear sign that the gaming community really likes the project and what it offers.
But looking a bit more at the specifications of the OUYA we can find some interesting things, like the fact that the console will be powered by Nvidia’s Tegra 3 platform and use Android 4.0 as an operating system. We’ve heard Nvidia say that the Tegra 3 is capable of console quality graphics and now maybe we’ll actually see the first console that can prove it is not only the graphics, but the full console experience that can rival what Microsoft ans Sony are currently offering with their game consoles. Not to mention that such projects can also bring a lot more high-quality games to be available for Android platform.
– Tegra3 quad-core processor
– 1GB RAM
– 8GB of internal flash storage
– HDMI connection to the TV, with support for up to 1080p HD
– WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
– Bluetooth LE 4.0
– USB 2.0 (one)
– Wireless controller with standard controls (two analog sticks, d-pad, eight action buttons, a system button), a touchpad
– Android 4.0
What is more interesting in the fact that the OUYA will be based around the Tegra 3 is the fact that it will have support for stereoscopic 3D gaming as well as the platform from Nvidia does have built-in support for that when you connect it to an external 3D HDTV. I’ve recently written about using Tegra 3 with a 3D HDTV or 3D monitor over HDMI 1.4 to play games in stereoscopic 3D mode on a tablet and the good news is that the same experience should be achievable on the OUYA as well. So OUYA could really also turn out to be the first stereoscopic 3D-capable gaming console that will support stereo 3D from day one and with the very attractive price tag expected it could turn out to be a hit among stereoscopic 3D gamers as well. Hopefully also pushing the development of more games to support stereoscopic 3D on Android and Tegra 3 as the number of supported titles is still not that high. Another project that I expect a with interest is the Wikipad tablet that also will be based on Tegra 3, but since it will be a tablet it will also have a display, an autostereoscopic 3D-capable one. So things about stereoscopic 3D support on Android are definitely going to become more and more interesting…