By Alexandra Burlacu | Aug 10, 2012 09:25 AM EDT
Last month, Los Angeles-based OUYA emerged with a Kickstarter campaign seeking crowdsourced funds to develop a sub-$100 Android-based video game console offering free-to-play titles. The initial goal was to raise $950,000 in funding in 30 days, but the project had surpassed $1 million by the end of day one. Now, the successful Kickstarter campaign has reached its end, and 63,416 people backed the new home console, pledging a combined total of $8,596,475 to the project.
On Wednesday, Aug. 8, the design group working on OUYA confirmed that the system will support four controllers. Moreover, Namco Bandai said it is in "active discussions" with OUYA to "bring some of the world's biggest gaming properties to the exciting new open gaming platform." Square Enix also promised support, and Final Fantasy III will be one of the launch titles. Meanwhile, OnLive support means users can choose from a massive library of games, regardless of third-party developers' support.
The $99 Android-powered box is open to any developer for hacking, which means anyone can play with the hardware and develop any kind of Android application for a television.
Less than 40 hours ahead of the big finale, the company said on Tuesday, Aug. 7, that XMBC will provide a media player for OUYA.
"We've heard many of you buzzing about a potential OUYA-XMBC partnership since Day One of launch. (Something of a match made in open source heaven!) Now, with a few hours left in our drive, we're delivering," OUYA said at the time. Meanwhile, XMBC said talks with OUYA are "young, but...ongoing and positive."
In addition to XMBC, the company has also reached a deal with TuneIn.
"With over 70,000 stations and two million on-demand programs, TuneIn offers unmatched variety for listeners across 230 countries and territories," touted OUYA. The company has also announced in recent weeks that it has formed partnerships with iHeartRadio and Vevo.
Now that the KickStarter campaign has ended at over 900% of its initial goal, OUYA will move from KickStarter to its new home at ouya.tv. Developer editions are expected to ship in Dec. 2012, while a market release is pegged for March 2013.
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