2013 could be the year of the indie gaming console systems.
Ouya, the Android-based console announced and funded last year at crowdsourcing website Kickstarter, has materialized and the people behind it (Boxer8) have already shipped 1,200 developer units to its backers last December. The console, as it is, is still a huge work in progress i.e. it's not yet ready for gaming, lots of form factors are yet to be finalized e.g. the console itself and the controllers are made of translucent plastic.
The Ouya console is still pretty raw at this point, and lots of things can still happen e.g. funds may run out, game makers might now show up, etc. Then again, the shipping of developed units is proof enough that stuff will happen.
Meanwhile on the Kickstarter scene, another platformer called GameStick joins the fray. PlayJam, makers of the GameStick console, launched their KickStarter today and is hoping for the same warm reception the Ouya console has received.
The GameStick, a thumbdrive looking object designed to fit into a TV's HDMI slots for quick gameplay, is akin to your CD-R King quickplay console in concept; plug and play as they say. At 2" in length, is it's own computer. It's designated to run on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, sport a 1GHz Amlogic 8726-MX dual-core processor, 1GB of memory, and 8GB of internal storage. The console itself fits into a slot in its controller.
|Mark 1 prototype of the GameStick console|
The GameStick is expected to be released on April this year.