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The Ouya release date is now set for March 28.
The Android-powered gaming console raised over 8 million dollars on Kickstarter and now the developers are ready to reward their investors by allowing them to own their own Ouya.
Even though investors will be able to get the hands on the console this month, the official retail release is still scheduled for June. Ouya posted the March 28 ship date on its Kickstarter page and also stated that it plans to add new features and more games before the retail launch.
"Meanwhile, tens of thousands of you will receive your OUYA, and you'll get to start playing right away," wrote the company. "You will also get to watch OUYA evolve over the coming weeks and months. We'll continue to add new features, refine our user experience, and bring on more games."
These new games include one developed by Portal developer Kim Swift, an action RPG called ChronoBlade, The Ball from Tripwire Interactive, and a puzzle game from Minority Media.
Ouya is shaped like a glass cube and it runs Android OS, allowing Android customers to stream their purchased games directly to their televisions.
The console was created by video game industry veteran Julie Uhrman in 2012. She saw an opportunity to open up the last closed gaming platform for Android users and seized it by working on the concept of Ouya
Along with her team of game developers, Uhrman was able to bring this concept to life and Ouya quickly became one of the most successful Kickstarter projects of all time.
The Ouya plugs directly into a TV and is open to any developer who wishes to publish a game for the console. The device is powerful enough to play games in high-definition as it runs a Tegra3 chipset.
Other Android apps can also be supported on OUYA, including the TwitchTV, which provides live-streaming for games. Ouya has also been built for rooting as this will not void the console's warranty. The system will cost $99 at launch.