Designed by Yves Béhar and funded via Kickstarter, the Android-powered OUYA game console is on its way to retail. Initially seeking a mere $950,000 USD in order for production to get underway, OUYA ultimately garnered nearly $9 million USD in pledged support from heavyweight backers like Square Enix, OnLive, Namco Bandai, iHeartRadio, XBMC, VEVO, Indies, Robotoki, Plex and many more. Founder and CEO Julie Uhrman and OUYA announced an “official” launch date of June 4, 2013 while Kickstarter backers will themselves receive units as early as this month – thus allowing for a beta test of sorts and subsequent tweaks to any potential issues prior to June’s widespread release. Clocking in at about the size of a Rubik’s Cube and boasting an NVIDIA Tegra 3 Quad-Core CPU with 1080p HD output and 1GB of RAM – not to mention a bevy of free, downloadable games – OUYA can be pre-ordered now via Amazon for just $99 USD.
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