Ouya's Hardware Will Be Updated Every Single Year

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Ouya's CEO Julie Uhrman has announced that the company's console will buck the trend of most gaming devices, which are infrequently updated, instead offering a new version of the hardware every single year.

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Talking to Engadget she explained that the company's strategy "is very much similar to the mobile strategy. There will be a new OUYA every year. There will be an OUYA 2 and an OUYA 3." That's probably a sensible move, given that the guts of the console are based on mobile processors: the first release will be powered by a Tegra 3 chip, for instance, so perhaps we can expect the second iteration to be powered by Tegra 4. "We'll take advantage of faster, better processors, take advantage of prices falling. So if we can get more than 8GB of Flash in our box, we will," Uhrman explained.

She also pointed out that, with users frequently updating, Ouya will use a game purchasing model not unlike Steam's. All games will, apparently, be backward compatible, and tied to the gamer—not the device. Sounds sensible. Ouya will be available from big box retailers and Amazon, as of June, for $100. [Engdaget]

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Denver is too damn high

So on day one you get a wonderful new box.

Someone else, Half way through the year ... buy or wait for next year's release?

And developers... are you writing for this console or the next one? Because you don't even know what the next one has.

And games work on this console.. but work even better on the new one? How?

It's ridiculous -hardware is not getting that much faster. You get more cores in the processor but that's VERY difficult to code for -especially in a game where timing is everything.

And it's wasteful.