We’ve been tracking the Ouya story for a while now. After successfully shipping product – as promised - to developers and working with them to iron out the creases, Ouya’s CEO Julie Uhrman has today announced that the Android based console will be retailed through US outlets Target, Best Buy and Gamestop, as well as through Amazon on the companies own website. Backers of the Kickstarter project will be able to get their hands on the console in March, whilst orders for non-Kickstarter backers will start in April via Amazon, then the retail version coming later in June.
Pricing will be $99.99 for the console and the controller, whilst an extra pad will set you back a further $49.99. The controller itself can be bought for a cheaper price online for just $30, although you have to pay $10 more for shipping. The steep controller pricing is largely down to the controllers touchpad according to Uhrman, who admits its a “premium price.”
When asked whether the Ouya peripherals would be able to support things like the Apple TV or possibly a Steam Box, Uhrman said the openness of the ecosystem allows things like the controllers and other accessories to be built to support add-ons that might allow connections to be made with bluetooth enabled devices.
Quotes sources from an interview with the Wall Street Journal.
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