The $99 Ouya Games Console Just Hit $5 Million On Kickstarter

The $US99 Ouya console sure is popular. It’s already the highest funded project on Kickstarter but now it’s getting crazy, as this week it surpassed the $US5 million-mark in funding with 21 days still left on the clock.

As of right now, the Ouya project has 39,973 backers who have donated a whopping $US5,098,656. To put that in context, Ouya only wanted to raise $US950,000 in 30 days. It did that in just eight hours.

So far, 6 people has donated $US10,000 or more. It’s the highest reward tier and it gets the lucky 6 people their names and backer numbers engraved into the back of every single Ouya that ships in the first round (that’s a lot of engraving), as well as an invite to a private dinner with Ouya’s “inner circle” of game devs and designers.

By far the most popular option though is the $US99 option. 33,310 people have selected that one, and when the project is funded they’ll be getting their own Ouya console and controller before it ships to stores.

So much cash, but what is the Ouya? First of all, where have you been if you don’t know? Secondly, it’s a $US99 hackable gaming console powered by Android and designed by One Laptop Per Child designer, Yves Behar. It’s slated for release in March next year, but it’s not without issues.

Read the in-depth feature here about the potential problems posed by the $US99 Ouya.

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