updated 07:57 am EDT, Tue June 25, 2013
OUYA meets retail target, disappoints hundred of early backers
Indy console OUYA has reached retail on time and has quickly sold out at Amazon UK. The Android-based game console, which first launched on Kickstarter to much fanfare, is also available at a number of other retailers including Best Buy, Target, Game (UK) and the OUYA online store. However, hundreds of early international backers have yet to receive their first-edition consoles despite promises that they would have them before the console hit retail stores.
"As we hit store shelves..., it is very important that I try my best to explain why your units are behind schedule from our commitment...," writes OUYA's Ken Stephens in an open letter to early Kickstarter backers sent yesterday. "Unfortunately, the vast majority of those who haven't yet received OUYA are international backers," Stephens adds. "It just takes a lot longer to ship to some countries...All of these units HAVE left Hong Kong," Stephens promises.
OUYA debuted on Kickstarter nearly twelve months ago. Early US backers were among the first to receive their orders following the commencement of shipping on March 28. In its correspondence with backers, OUYA places the entire blame for the delays on DHL, its carrier. One disgruntled international reader Electronista spoke to based in Australia said that his shipping information indicates his OUYA was shipped out of Hong Kong on the 11th of this month, but that he has still not received it.
The OUYA console is retailing for $100 and comes, which buys a diminutive Tegra 3-powered console and one game controller. A second controller will cost an additional $50. The console supports a wide range of Android games, and has also had a number of independent developers create titles specifically for the console. All told, there are 150 titles that are compatible with the console at launch, with all games free to try. It has debuted to mixed reviews, although OUYA blames performance issues with early systems on beta software.