Ouya Game Console Coming With Jelly Bean

 

  • Open source
  • Android-based
  • Coming in December?

The Rubik's Cube-sized Android gaming console Ouya will now ship with Jelly Bean instead of the intitially reported  Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

 

  • Open source
  • Android-based
  • Coming in December?

The Rubik's Cube-sized Android gaming console Ouya will now ship with Jelly Bean instead of the intitially reported  Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Ouya CEO Julie Uhrman also revealed that its CAD models are finished and they’ve received their first wave of Printed Circuit Boards and that the Ouya is now officially in the Engineering Verification Testing phase. 

Moreover, it seems that the upcoming Android-based gaming console that will also be open source will also be coming earlier than expected. It was initially slated for at around March 2013. But now it is reportedly landing as early as December.

However, this December release time could be for development units only, with public retail units coming in early 2013.

“Last week was a huge milestone for us, we received our first development run of PCBs (Printed Circuit Boards) for the console … the first boards came to life without any hitches, and we're now fine tuning software and hardware performance for graphics, wireless, and user experience!” says the Ouya Team.

Ouya is built similarly to standard Android games, with differences in terms of aspects of the input, display, payment process, and settings and software.

The Ouya Development Kit includes a controller similar to the standard gamepad, with a touchbad (but no touch screen) and no back, menu, or volume buttons, though it does come with a soft keyboard for text input.

One of the great things about this new console is that it works against the paid app model, leaving all games free to download, though still open to in-app premium content. 

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