Take A Tour Of The Android Video Game Console That Wants To Destroy The Xbox


Photo: Ouya

Ouya is an Android-based video game system that raised $8.5 million last year on Kickstarter.It was a big deal.

The system is a tiny cube that lets developers write and publish downloadable games. 

While regular consumers will have to wait a little longer to get their hands on it, developers already have their Ouyas so that they can create the next generation of games optimised for the device.

One developer, Code Zombie Games, posted a video walkthrough of the Ouya on YouTube and gave everyone a closer look.

Here's the console itself – much smaller than others by comparison.

And here's a close view of the controller.

After the Ouya's bootup process...

...we arrive at the main screen. Note the disclaimer in the top right corner, explaining that this is a developer version and not the finished product.

Since the Ouya hasn't officially launched, the developer models shipped without any games included.

But they come with a web browser, which provides the means for developers to load their apps into the Ouya for testing purposes.

This is what you see when you fire up the web browser for the first time.

Let's head over to YouTube.

The browser handles video without any real issue.

Of course there are other settings for changing passwords and the like.

There are also options for your Wi-Fi and Bluetooth preferences.

The game plays in portrait mode, so it's not entirely optimised for your television, but it's responsive and runs perfectly well.

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