The fact that he didn't really get a solid answer despite asking some pretty good questions is interesting. Yves Behar did a good thing with his OLPC project, so I assume he's not in this as a scam, but... couldn't I hook up my pc to the tv and bring back that 'gaming' experience they talk about?
Also, here's a podcast (mashthosebuttons.com) I may have been involved in where they talk about the Ouya, among other things. Disclaimer: My name's not Eddie.
In summary, it seems the Ouya folks are making a lot of contradictory statements (e.g. "Minecraft will run on the Ouya, but we can't confirm that Minecraft will run on the Ouya").
The entire system hangs on the ability that you want to play ported Android games on a cheap system, with an unseen controller, on a television screen. While many developers are willing to provide quotes about how great the OUYA could be, so far no one is willing to put their money where their mouth is and announce projects for the hardware. No one involved in the project has experience launching products even close to the complexity of the OUYA, in terms of either gaming hardware, software, and services.
I'm distrustful of most everything on Kickstarter for similar reasons. So many of them are still in the concept phase when they're pitching their project, and there's too many disappointing stories about those projects never really coming to fruition (and people not always getting their money back - it's locked in when the campaign ends, not when the product is delivered.)
In this one in particular, you're giving the OUYA people your money for an indeterminate for maybe 5% off and a special icon? That doesn't seem like such a great deal.
Why the sweet hell would I buy something from an untried hardware developer when I already own a multitude of Android devices, roku, existing consoles, etc. We already have a gaming computer hooked directly into our TV, it's just a matter of buying a cord to have those "memories in the living room" for practically anyone who would buy this.
They are not offering me anything I don't already have access to.
People buy consoles to play console games; Madden, Call of Duty, basically stuff made by EA and Activision. These people make it sound like they're going to give small time developers a shot when they'd really just be putting them in direct competition with big studios, who can outmarket and outdevelop just by the sheer amount of games they can put out.
"Hey, wanna come over and play my cheap system? I Peggle, Angry Birds, and Puzzle Quest, a sweet NES emulator, and a synth board app!" Why would I wanna go play with someone else's phone?
"Laugh and the world laughs with you. Frown and the world laughs at you." -Me.
Not exactly a killer application, but an interesting development.
The controller kind of looks like the result of a one night stand between an XBox and PS3 controller. But I will say this, I think the console itself looks kind of cool - aesthetically speaking. I still doubt I'll buy one.
Go ahead and pick it up. I did, and I haven't looked back yet. The improved submission gameplay alone makes it worth the money. Now instead of just laying on a beatdown, I have the option to put on an actual catch-style matchup.