Ouya’s latest Kickstarter update heralds new games, new controllers, and a new design.
Kickstarter supporters of the mysterious Android-powered Ouya console were treated to a big project update this morning. In an email sent out to backers, the developers behind the project announced that Ouya would utilize the streaming service OnLive.
According to OnLive, “When OnLive first heard about Ouya, we were excited to see console gaming becoming more available and open. Like Ouya, we came to gaming with a new vision for making top-quality gaming accessible to more people, and we continue to look for ways to expand on that vision.” The feeling was mutual: the email says that OnLive had been repeatedly requested as a feature by those who backed the console.
Using OnLive benefits Ouya in several ways, all of which should make supporters happy. With OnLive available at Ouya’s launch, that means there will be hundreds of games already available to play on demand. Additionally, gamers can use OnLive on their PCs, Macs, and other digital devices, “never leaving a game behind.” For those worried that the console wouldn’t have enough software to make it worth the Kickstarter cost, this should ease some concerns. Even if it takes some time for indie developers to make their titles available on Ouya, the fact that there will already be a library of streaming games, as well as demos for nearly all of them, makes the console much more appealing.
On top of that, the Ouya makers also revealed the latest designs for the console and controller, both of which are still works in progress. The email pointed out that the colored controller buttons were placeholders, and “we won’t leave out colorblind gamers.”
If this news sways you, it’s not too late to support Ouya on Kickstarter; the campaign, which currently stands at $5.5 million, is running until August 9.