Ouya, the Android-powered, crowdfunded indie console, arrives in stores today, but shipping snafus mean many backers have yet to receive their consoles, threatening to cast a cloud over a big day for the machine. It could be another two weeks before all backers have their consoles.
Backers, particularly those overseas, had already sensed trouble getting their Ouyas before launch, but with the console now available to the public, and funders still waiting on theirs, Ouya was compelled to address the matter in a backers-only message earlier today.
"I am pissed," founder Julie Uhrman wrote, "Some of you have not yet received your Ouya, and to you, I apologise." She goes on to say that the consoles were delivered to a distribution partner in May "and since then they have been in their custody. We paid for shipping, yet the deliveries remain incomplete."
Ouya backers are pissed, too, letting the company know about it on its Facebook page. "My early backed console from KS still has not arrived, point of fact," wrote one backer, from Canada. "It only just shipped late last week and I am now going to be waiting until July 10 till I get mine. I know another person who backed it after me who is still waiting also."
Uhrman says Ouya tripled the size of its customer service team to respond to backers' concerns. "I'm told that despite our best efforts, it may take another two weeks or more for some of these units to arrive," Uhrman wrote.
In the same message, Ken Stephens, the head of operations for Ouya, said "the vast majority of those who haven't yet received Ouya are international backers." rumours have sprouted regarding comprehensive delays or holds by some customs agencies, but Ouya has not said anything, officially, about such problems.
Kotaku reached out to Ouya representatives earlier this morning to ask for more detail on international delays and additional comment. Any the company makes will be updated here.
"All of these units have left Hong Kong," Stephens reminded, "and you have received your tracking email." Stephens estimated 15 to 17 days of transit time once the units left their partner in Hong Kong. Ouya is manufactured in mainland China.
Regular customers who are interested in getting an Ouya may be out of luck too. It and its controller are listed as out of stock on Amazon and at GameStop, although it appears to be in stock for ordering online at Best Buy.