Android-powered Ouya game console headed to Amazon and Gamestop

Posted by Shane McGlaun

When the Ouya game consoles on Kickstarter first appeared, quite a number of us couldn't help but wonder when and where we would be able to purchase the consoles in the real world.

Well, the Wall Street Journal has confirmed the long-awaited $99 Android-powered console will be sold on Amazon.com, Gamestop and at least several other retailers, including Target and Best Buy.

As you may recall, specialized developer versions of the consoles sold for $800 just a few months ago. The Ouya is expected to be available at retail outlets in June of this year, although gamers interested in the system can pre-order consoles and controllers starting today. Ouya is also slated to sell a video game controller that includes a special pad section for touch input for about $50.

Ouya CEO Julie Uhrman told the Wall Street Journal that 68,000 consoles have been ordered thus far. Presumably, that number include units slated for retail outlets, along with those ordered during the Kickstarter campaign and other pre-order campaigns.

"The presale is going to be on dot com and we plan on rolling out in physical locations. March is the unveiling, when Kickstarter backers get their units and Ouya will be live for all our supporters. In April we will be delivering units from people purchasing, and June will be the official launch," Uhrman added.

As previously discussed on TG Daily, The Ouya console runs Android Jelly Bean (4.1-4.2) and is powered by an Nvidia Tegra 3 chip. 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 noted that Project Ouya project managed to raise an impressive $8,596,474 on Kickstarter, with the full support of 63,416 backers.