Thousands Of Developers Want To Make Games For The Ouya

Let's say you're someone who put up their hard-earned money to back the Ouya. You already believe in the hack-friendly Android-based game console enough to help it become one of Kickstarter's biggest success stories. But you might be wondering just how many developers are going to be making games for the thing.

Well, in an update about new executive hires they've made, Ouya just announced that they've been contacted by more than 1000 developers interested in getting their work onto the console. 800 developers already contributed to the console's crowdfunding campaign to access development kits and this new info means that almost 2000 game-makers could be funnelling their ideas into the new console.

The company also says that they're talking with more than 50 international distributors to make the hardware available around the world once the console is out of production.

So, it seems that Ouya will be an independently created console with a potentially massive launch library -- filled with maybe even more indie titles than the Wii U. And one that could potentially jump over the weird cultural hurdles that, say, the Xbox 360 has faced in Japan. We'll see just how much Ouya changes the game when the console arrives.


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    Has the proof reader quit or something? Just about every article I read on here lately is messed up with issues. Seriously guys if you need a new proof reader I am in the market for a part-time home based job (single full-time dad) so EmIl 3

      Sorry my HTC touch screen is dodgy. Send me an email and I will proof read your articles, on my PC lol

        LOL, self proof-read fail!

          Editing messages on this site on a mobile is impossible. All I have is two short lines of text to see at a time and I find it greatly difficult to scroll through text and get to the right place. Half the time when I try I end up bumping the submit button and the other half the page glitches and starts jumping everywhere when I type anything.

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        Just a tip: If you want a job as a proofreader, proofread your own comments first.

    The Ouya folks keep making huge promises and claims and yet never seem to have much tangible backup for it. Saying you've got 1000's of developers clamouring to get in isn't much unless you can say who. Most developers thoughts on the system that have been made public usually involve doubt and caution.

    I dunno, I don't way to see this fail but so far it's been almost all hype and nothing else.

      Yeah half of their 'developers' are probably just uni students who bought the easy to access dev kit.

    Dev kits will be sent in Dec 2012 and the console comes out March 2013. Is that enough time to create good games?

      Being Android based I'd probably give a conditional yes. You could develop for a random (high-specced) Android Tablet, and then test on the Ouya and make the necessary changes come December.

      I still wouldn't be expecting too much though in the fancy graphics department though. Given its under 2 years of development with no way to test the performance on real hardware we're probably looking more at Torchlight than Borderlands 2.

      Yes and no. No, to AAA. No to purpose built. Yes to ports, especially if there's already an android version of it. So it can have a decent launch library, but it won't be huge. Potential is there, but that's a cautious optimistic view.

    "thousands" would indicate a minimum of two thousand.

      *edit* reading fail, my bad. I won't be getting the proofreading job either.

    These guys sure know how to talk big. We'll so though, wont we.

      That's me continuing the proofreading theme... Cough cough.

      I meant, We'll see though wont we.

        I think you actually meant: We'll see though, won't we?

          Nope! Getting words right is important, but apostrophes and commas that don't affect meaning? Not necessary.

            Well then that's not really proofreading...

    So many nay sayers. For $99 I'm happy just to play the Android games I already have available to me with a proper controller and on a large screen. Sure, I could plug my transformer prime in with my hdmi cable, but that's less elegant. Now, for $99 all I want to get out of it to be a success is a low powered plex client, which it will be.
    Add to this the fact that a lot of these developers are just Android devs who will port their already made Android games, and then the numbers seem a lot more realistic. Dead Trigger on Ouya? Hell yeah! I got my email today, so I've now chosen my user name, and have my console and second controller confirmed :D
    PS all you proof readers... Wrote this on my transformer prime lol. Cbf with capitalisation for every word that needed it ;)

    Given the history of things like this, I imagine the real number at the end will be hundreds. It's one of those things you can never really know the numbers of until they're there.

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