Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Google Android powers Boxer8's Ouya, PlayJam's GameStick and Nvidia's Project Shield
“The rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated”
Smartphones and Tablets are killing off everything as prognosticated in my Geezam blog article entitled “How the Apple iPad killed Ultrabooks, Printing and the Mouse as the World Rediscovers Tablets”, with Android leading the Charge. Folks, this is basically the power of Open Source on Display as Open Source is finally getting its day in the sun.
It’s only fitting that the same thing that heralding the death of these products is fuelling it gradual resurrection from near Dead as in the case of Video Game Consoles as predicted in my Geezam blog article entitled “Console Gaming’s Downfall – Future is up in the Clouds”. I’m of course referring to the Open Source Open Architecture Google Android powered Video Gaming Console Ouya.
Designed by American Game Console Developer Boxer8, they launched their on Kickstarter Campaign for US$900,000 on July 2012 with a simple idea: Bring back Gaming Consoles from near Death to a HDMI capable TV set near you as at a price everyone can afford noted in the article “Game Console Ouya to bring Gaming back to the TV”, published July 10, 2012 6:43 AM PDT by Donna Tam, CNET News.
Smartphones began with Google Android, who stole Apple iPhone’s Thunder. So it’s quite fitting that Gaming Consoles are seeing something of a low cost revival via the development of a US$99 Open Source Gaming Console Ouya by Gaming veteran and Boxer8 Founder Julie Uhrman.
Her Kickstarter campaign to raise funds already had achieved its lofty goal of US$900,000 in less than one day, hitting the stratospheric heights of US$2.5 million on the July 10th 2012 as stated in “Open-source Ouya Gaming platform killing it on Kickstarter”, published July 10, 2012 11:06 PM PDT by Eric Mack, CNET News.
By August 2012, they’d stopped their campaign after achieving a phenomenal US$8.5 million dollars, a strong indication of the level of support an interest in the idea of an Open Source Gaming Console as stated in the article “Ouya Console ends Kickstarter campaign $8.5 million richer”, published August 9, 2012 8:24 AM PDT by Rich Brown, CNET News.
Her company’s business model, curiously enough, is a lot like Apple's App Developer model, with a 70/30 split between Game Developers and Boxer8, the builders of the Open Source Ouya Console. Games are based on the Freemium model as described in my Geezam blog article entitled “Smartphones and Apps – Freemium Games are No. 1”, with ability to try games first before buying them at prices significantly lower than currently is available in the Gaming World.
But more interestingly is the Open Source and Open Architecture part of the Ouya Game Console's design; it built to be modified, both in terms of using Open Source Google Android, which means it's capable of playing Games from the Google Play App Store straight out of the box and then fact that it's easy to physically open up and modify.
Boxer8 Founder Julie Uhrman and her team have now released their US$699 Ouya Dev Console package for those who funded their development from a very successful Kickstarter campaign as noted in “Ouya game Consoles now on their way to Developers”, published December 28, 2012 9:10 AM PST by Lance Whitney, CNET News
1. An official welcome letter
2. Translucent Ouya Gaming Console
3. 2 translucent controllers with batteries
4. Power adapter
5. HDMI cable
6. Micro-USB cable
The Fully developed Ouya Gaming Console, which reminds me of a much smaller version of the Nintendo GameCube, can be ordered from Ouya Purchase page for US$99, with US$30 for an extra Controller.
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The same resurrecting power of Google Android seems poised to breathe life back not only into Console Gaming but also handheld Gaming, also dying at the hands of the Mobile Computing Revolution, also as predicted in my Geezam blog article entitled “Nintendo and Sony vs Smartphones and Tablets: Post – Portable Gaming Era”.
This as Nvidia’s announced Project Shield at CES 2013 earlier in the First week of January 2013, their first foray into the world of Handheld Gaming World powered by a Quad-Core Tegra 4 Chipset as noted in Kelroy’s Geezam blog article entitled “Nvidia shows off “Project Shield” mobile Gaming Console
“Nvidia announces own 'Shield' Gaming device at CESCNET NewsNvidia’s Shield stole CES, but we aren’t sold yetDigitalTrends
Samsung comes to mind as an example of a company that used Google Android to power itself to meteoric success as noted in the stats from analysts Gartner in “Samsung outdoes Apple 2-to-1 in smartphones; Nokia falters”, published October 26, 2012 5:45 AM PDT by Don Reisinger, CNET News and IDC in “Smartphone sales up 47 percent as Android increases its lead”, published November 14, 2012 3:21 AM PST by Zack Whittaker, CNET News
Now of course Samsung is making yet another foray by partnering with Intel and rebuilding the MeeGo Project into its own Open Source smartphone and Tablet OS named Tizen as stated in my blog article entitled “Samsung's Tizen, Firefox OS and Ubuntu OS to unseat Google Android by 2015 - How Linux and HTML 5 are Oz the Great and Powerful for Open Source”.
Open Source and HTML5 friendly Firefox OS and Ubuntu OS are also vying for the hearts and minds of smartphone users, Mobile Handset makers and Telecom Operators, albeit they have to speed up their development cycles and have device ready before year end supported by major low-cost handset makers, such as Huawei. All in a bid for a slice of the App Economy Pie owned by Apple App Store and Google Play App Store and the rapidly growing Mobile Computing market globally.
The same thing is now happening in the Console and Portable Gaming world funded by Kickstarter. The Stand Up Guys (2012) are making Open Source and Open Architecture a $ellebrity (2012) by Kickstarting the design of Console and Portable Gaming systems that are Wireless and Portable. And based on the response on Kickstarter to both of these Projects, it’s exactly what the Gaming Developer and Gaming Community wanted all along.
Apple, where are you with regards to the Development of a USB Stick Computer that’s portable and can play high-end Video Games?