New Ouya model will be released every year - Gematsu
New Ouya model will be released every year
posted on 02.07.13 at 06:41 AM EST by (@salromano)
New models to have better processors, etc.

Ouya, the upcoming Android-based TV console, will not be a one-time release. According to Ouya CEO Julie Uhrman, there will be a new system every year.

“Our strategy is very much similar to the mobile strategy,” Uhrman told Engadget at DICE Summit. “There will be a new Ouya every year. There will be an OUya 2 and an Ouya 3.

“We’ll take advantage of faster, better processors, take advantage of prices falling. So if we can get more than 8GB of Flash in our box, we will,” she said.

Uhrman assures, however, that all Ouya titles will be backwards compatible.

“The games will be tied to you, the gamer,” she said, rather than the games being tied to your hardware.

The first Ouya will arrive next month for those who backed the project when it was on Kickstarter, in April for those who pre-ordered it on the official website, and in June at retailers.

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  • Shadow

    I don’t see this turning out too well…

  • One of the major appeals of the Ouya was that it allowed a standard and open way for smaller developers to get into the home console scene. The standardisation is really the whole appeal of consoles; it standardises PC architecture so developers know exactly what the game will be like when it’s deployed.

    With this news the “standard” is most likely going to be non-existent in a year or so with different specifications needing to be catered to; increasing work load. Of course increasing flash memory and RAM is fine as it requires little to no change in development. CPUs and GPUs on the other hand require a lot as people will be expecting games to use the increased capabilities.

    A bad move I’d say.

    • KurisuMakise

      It can be a bad move but it depends on how they handle the SDK, there are some pros consumer side wise though. Since they’d be able to take advantage of the falling prices, add in extra goodies, etc. Though I’m not sure every year is necessary myself. Maybe every two years but either way if the games will remain backwards compatible, then it’s possible to probably target the lowest spec and upgrade your own games accordingly.

  • In other words, Ouya will be following what iPhone/iPad does, aka “Apple cycle”?

    • YangTerlupakan

      You right, and is save to say for save our money and wait for ouya 3!!!

  • Well, there goes all the interest I ever had for the Ouya. £99.99 with a new one every year. No thank you. This is exactly why I dislike smart phones; they become out of date so quickly.

  • … Fail! after all does people who helped out with the kickstarter … that is mess up you sold them a has been model. How are devs suppose to sell people games if they wont be able to run them with their version and are forced to upgrade to play newer games… wtf. I never did trust kickstarter and the Ouya was cool because it was going to be cheap and supported and all we were going to pay was $100. FAIL FAIL FAIL!!

  • If the games are going to be backwards compatible, then either they’re going to run poorly on older models, or there will be no incentive to upgrade to the latest one.

    • Michael Garling

      I think what was meant was that all Ouya games can be played on the newer models, ie. it won’t be like with the PS3 not being able to play PS2 titles, or the Wii U not being able to play GCN, etc.

  • drproton

    I don’t really see a cause for alarm. So there might be a handful of games that don’t run on the first generation hardware in a year or two?

    Regardless, the $100 sku was a good price and we won’t see any fractionation of the userbase for a while. Many of the games will be multiplatform apart from Ouya anyway, meaning they will support multiple hardware configurations.

    If I have to spend another $100 in two years to play an interesting game on the latest hardware, so be it. At least my controllers will still work and all of my software can be transferred over directly.

  • howardmoonish

    Horrible idea, but at least they are upfront about it.

    • Txtsword

      Doesn’t “being upfront about it” end after already getting all that kickstarter money?

  • ShinAsura

    I can see why they’re doing it but it’s not consumer friendly

  • I just want one for emulators

  • Ever year release is just too hard for the buyers.. you can imagine if we must change our console every year just to play the new game