Ouya Development Kit priced at $800

Posted by Trent Nouveau

Game developers looking to pre-order an Ouya Dev Kit for early delivery by January 2013 will have to shell out a cool $800 for the $99 console before it becomes officially available for the masses in March.  

The above-mentioned kit includes an Ouya console, two controllers and an ODK (SDK).

While $800 may seem a bit steep for the average game, it is important to remember that early Dev Kit systems are often in short supply and can run as high as $5,000-$10,000 for pro-gaming consoles manufactured by industry heavyweights. 

As TG Daily previously reported, Ouya recently confirmed that its console remains on track for a March release, having recently received its first development run of PCBs (Printed Circuit Boards) for the system. 

"We are now in what's referred to in the industry as the EVT (Engineering Verification Testing) phase. This is the heart (and we believe the soul) of the OUYA experience," said Julie Uhrman. "All the hard work in refining the design has paid off in spades — the first boards came to life without any hitches, and we're now fine tuning software and hardware performance for graphics, wireless, and user experience."

According to Uhrman, Ouya will be testing both the console and the controller during the EVT phase, all while continuing to verify the design and optimize unit speeds.

"We'll go through a couple more EVT build phases, as we weed out issues and refine the design for optimal performance and large-scale manufacturing, before we start cranking out OUYAs.

"We're set to complete this EVT phase on time, and we're in sync with our December target for developer kits. Since these dev kits are still in pre-production phase, we'll build a limited quantity. Each one will be a collector's item — unique in design, build and appearance. So, they'll look different from the consumer-ready units," she added. 

The Ouya console is powered by an Nvidia Tegra 3 chip paired with Android Jelly Bean (4.1-4.2) for the OS.  Additional specs include 8 GB internal flash memory, 1 GB RAM, HDMI (1080p), Nvidia ULP GeForce GPU, USB 2, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth LE 4.0, Ethernet port and a wireless controller.

It should be notd that the project managed to raise an impressive $8,596,474 on Kickstarter, with the full support of 63,416 backers.