The $99 OUYA Android gaming console is an attractive alternative to traditional systems due to its affordable price-point and flexibility. The downside of such a product is that it’s not as powerful as current dedicated units, like Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Sony’s PlayStation 3, which are seven years older than the OUYA. That’s why it’s good to hear that the OUYA will be on a yearly release schedule, similar to that of smartphones and tablets, which will allow those willing to upgrade to keep up with industry standards in regards to gaming on the Android platform. “As it relates to iterating the console and refreshes, our strategy is very much similar to the mobile strategy. There will be a new Ouya every year,” said Julie Uhrman, Ouya CEO. “There will be an Ouya 2 and an Ouya 3. We’ll take advantage of faster, better processors, take advantage of prices falling. So if we can get more than 8GB of Flash in our box, we will. In doing so, (we’ll) make sure that all games are backwards compatible.”
The OUYA 1 will launch this June at Best Buy, Target, Amazon and Gamestop. It features an Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core 1.7GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Speaking on those specs, Uhrman claims the original OUYA will be the “best Tegra 3 device on the market” since it doesn’t have to balance power and battery life like smartphones or tablets. A second-generation OUYA, which should arrive in 2014, could see specs along the lines of a Tegra 4 CPU (like Project Shield), 2 to 4 GB of RAM, 32 to 64 GB of flash storage and Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie or higher.