The $99 Ouya Android video game console went for sale today. Founded by former IGN executive, Julie Uhrman, the Ouya console gained national attention for hitting around $8.6 million in crowd-sourced funding across 63,000 backers from Kickstarter. This was followed up by a $15 million venture round funding from Kleiner Perkins and several others. There are currently 150 games available for the Ouya. Every game is free to try, according to Uhrman.
“The consoles are still incredibly expensive,” stated Ouya CEO Julie Uhrman. “The business model hasn’t changed. We offer something very different. We really carved out our own space.” Some of the games that will be available at launch include BombSquad and Final Fantasy III.
Ouya’s price is dramatically different than other consoles. The prices range at between $250 and $500 for other consoles. Unfortunately, the Ouya does not have as much graphics power as the Xbox One or the Sony PlayStation 4. Ouya has an HDMI input for high-definition TVs and a controller that is similar to a PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360. Games that are priced on the Ouya cost around $2 or $3.
There are already indications of how the Ouya is performing in terms of sales. The Ouya has already sold out on Amazon.com in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. Amazon.com was selling the device for $99. Target and Best Buy still had inventory of the console on-hand. GameStop also listed that the Ouya console was also listed as “currently unavailable.”