$99 Android game console OUYA project hits KickStarter

If you needed another reason to love Android, how about a game console running your favorite OS for $99? Its creator Yves Behar along with his team of developers and designers are now looking for backers over at KickStarter. They need to gather over $950,000 in order to fund their project by August 9, 2012, taking pledges from $10 to $5,000 depending on what you can afford–$99 will get you a game console and controller.

The cool thing about OUYA is that the games offered will free-to-play, at least to an extent. Developers will be offering their products with free demos to attract gamers. These gamers will have the option to purchase a full-game upgrade, in-game perks and even to subscribe.

As far as specs are concerned, OUYA will feature:

  • Tegra3 quad-core processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB of internal flash storage
  • HDMI connection to the TV, with support for up to 1080p HD
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth LE 4.0
  • USB 2.0 (one)
  • Wireless controller with standard controls (two analog sticks, d-pad, eight action buttons, a system button), a touchpad
  • Android 4.0

And that’s not all, Boxer8 says that their console will come pre-loaded with Android SDK meaning that developers will be able to create games right out of the box.

For you video lovers, OUYA has partnered with game broadcasting service TwitchTV. Boxer8 hasn’t mentioned if they’ll get Netflix or Hulu but we wouldn’t be surprised if they do in the future.

Boxer8 has collected over $536,051 out of the $950,000 goal and they’re less than a month away from the end of the project. The OUYA console is set to ship in March of 2013. If you haven’t pledged yet, head to KickStarter. In the┬ámeanwhile, if you want to find out more, watch the video below.

via KickStarter