Even though the reviews for it haven’t been the best, OUYA seems to keep riding their initial Kickstarter fame and sign 10,000 more game developers for the platform, with some big name game developers coming up soon, too.
Developers, especially Android developers, seem to really want to port their games to a console, so people can have a better gaming experience than what they get on a small touchscreen device, with software buttons.
One of the initial promises of OUYA was that it would free developers from the tyranny of the big consoles, like the PS3 and Xbox 360, which make it very hard for a new developer to be published in their stores. On the other hand, OUYA is the opposite. They are open to any indie developer interested in making a game for OUYA.
That so many developers are interested in developing their apps for a brand new console is obviously very encouraging for OUYA:
“It’s really awesome, especially at this early stage of the console still being in the preview period. The last month I’ve been so excited to just interact with the Ouya developers who are really people who signed on to the mission statement of Ouya early on and are the people who are just as excited as we are about the platform. It’s been great to hear and that the number continues to grow at such a rapid pace is very validating,” she remarked.
I still don’t think OUYA is as good as it could’ve been, especially in terms of hardware specs, and they still need to fix their software issues by the time it launches publicly in June, or they might actually lose a lot of sales, and possibly even tarnish their brand in the long term.
However, I do have high expectations of the next-generation OUYA 2 console, and I hope they get it right with the console next year in terms of hardware, and with what they’ve learned from the first OUYA, they can also improve the software for the next-gen OUYA 2.
A successful (millions of units per year) Android-based console like OUYA could have a huge impact on the quality of games on Android, and it could even propel Android into becoming the #1 gaming platform in a few years from now, helped by Android’s continuous rising numbers, too.