Ouya is a $99 Android Game Console That is ‘Built to be Hacked’

According to a report from The Verge, Android is looking to invade the living room with a $99 console called the Ouya.

Featuring respected names like One Laptop Per Child designer Yves Behar, former Xbox gaming boss Ed Fries and Muffi Ghadali, one of the men responsible for Amazon’s Kindle, backing it, the Ouya seems like it’ll be something akin to Google TV but with a slightly bigger focus on gaming.

The box is supposedly extremely developer friendly with hardware that has been “built to be hacked,” wherein every customer that buys an Ouya will be getting a built-in, straight-from-the-box developer’s kit.

This is a feature that will definitely peak the interests of the independent game development community—an area of growing strength in Canada due to strong indie development initiatives in Toronto and Montreal.

Ignoring the impact this might have on the indie games community though, is there really room for another home console in Canadian homes? According to statistics from the Entertainment Software Association of Canada 47% of households own at least one of the three major video game consoles on the market (Playstation 3, Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360).

The Ouya’s estimated price point would suggest that picking one up to accompany these other consoles wouldn’t be that steep of an investment, however, with a new video game console cycle just around the corner (Nintendo’s new Wii U is supposedly launching in time for the holidays), gamers may decide to go with the more established brands instead of trying out the new kid on the block.