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OUYA Officially Begins Shipping to Early Backers, 104 Games Already Published

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That’s right, the OUYA has official begun shipping to early backers from Kickstarter, just as they said it would. Should you have forked out the cash to be amongst the initial group, get to checking your email for shipping info and instructions for operating the little guy once it arrives. The rollout of devices will happen over the next several weeks. For the rest of you who jumped on the bandwagon after OUYA became an internet sensation, you’ll have to wait a bit longer. 

Once your new OUYA arrives, the first boot will include an update that shouldn’t take long, but will depend on your internet connection. After updating, the OUYA team wants to remind you that you’ll need a credit/debit card to download games, even though all are free to try. Your card will only be charged if you decide to buy a game.

So far, there are 104 published games on OUYA, but that’s nothing in the grand scheme of things. Their press note tonight mentioned that 8,000 developers have already created accounts with hopes of launching their apps to the Android-based console.

During this initial backer “exclusive preview” period, you’ll see plenty of changes as OUYA works to add new features, refine the user interface, and continue to build out software. With the retail launch set for June 4, you will have a full two months to see OUYA turn from Kickstarter dream project to retail player.

Who backed it? And if so, have you received your shipping info yet?

Via:  OUYA

  • http://twitter.com/Nolfinkol Nol

    It seems a lot of people on the OUYA Kickstarter page comments are thrown off, as am I, about this whole credit card thing. That was the last thing I expected from the OUYA team. What I did expect was being able to just hop on, try some free games and free demos and if I liked my first game enough I’d buy the full version. At that point I’d hope there was the option to choose whether I want my CC info saved or not.

    With OUYA being a start-up with no reputation for security under their belt, how can anyone be comfortable with letting them store your CC info? If a company as large as Sony can be hacked and compromised, how can a start-up company like OUYA protect my information? It’s just a bit unexpected as all.

  • Sean Wood

    I’m glad they’re doing this this way… with the backer’s units going out this far in advance it’ll surely be hacked and have access to the play store by the time they hit store shelves… I’d hate to have to buy shadowgun, or any other game i’ve already shelled out for, all over again.

    • bagheadinc

      If by hacked you mean rooted, that’s already been done. In fact, the makers provide both rooting instructions and stock images to restore back to an unrooted state. The dev consoles that were sent out at the end of last year/beginning of this year were pre-rooted.

      • Sean Wood

        Yeah.. I was aware of they’d rooted it.. but root doesn’t necessarily mean access to the Play Store. With the new licensing model Google moved to you can’t just side load a paid game and expect it to work. Some Dev is going to have to bake in the Play store and G-Services Framework to get access to all the Google goodness that I’d want.

  • EvanTheGamer

    Absolutely cannot wait to receive mine! But sadly I have yet to receive an e-mail with tracking information. I wonder if they are shipping based on Kickstarter backer # or when people actually filled out the Kickstarter survey.

    Guess I’ll see soon enough. I live near Los Angeles so when they do ship it, I should get mine within a day or two. But unfortunately it all depends on when they actually ship it, which could, according to Julie, take several weeks to ship and they are shipping 60k+ OUYAs. Hmm…

    Time will only tell now.

    • http://twitter.com/wynalazca Andrew Webber

      Someone on twitter who did receive their shipping info said they’re shipping straight from the factory in Hong Kong. Probably means a few days to a week wait.

  • bagheadinc

    Who here has actually received their shipping info yet? Seems like everybody in the Kickstarter messages is still waiting. Same for the reddit group.

    • EvanTheGamer

      Not I, but hopefully soon.

  • mustbepbs

    DOA.

    • r0lct

      As if it’ll ruin your day if they are people actually excited for the product you show up with the same comment. Keep fishing for the likes.

      Hopefully you were able to extract the full pleasure from trolling this post. Hopefully your keyboard is still clean.

      • EvanTheGamer

        He’s just an idiotic POS troll who wants to ruin everyone elses excitement for [insert whatever here].

        Hopefully he’ll just go back to his Cave of Doom and never return here again. But that’s just wishful thinking.

        • mustbepbs

          DOA.

          • EvanTheGamer

            DOA.

          • mustbepbs

            NO, YOU’RE THE DOA!

          • EvanTheGamer

            NO, YOU! hahaha

        • mustbepbs

          I don’t understand why you think I’m a troll. Can you not take a joke? Did I insult your family?

          • EvanTheGamer

            FINE! FINE! FINE!

            lol

            You’re right. It’s a free freakin’ Country for crying out bloody loud(at least it is right now anyways) and people are entitled to an opinion. I just take offense sometimes. I am really looking forward to the OUYA personally and want it to be a HUGE SUCCESS(see what I did there?) and hate when people talk smack dagnabbit!

          • mustbepbs

            Well I’m sorry. I won’t talk smack about it any more.

          • EvanTheGamer

            Do as you will, no worries young padawan.

    • EvanTheGamer

      Your comment is DOA.

    • OrangeAttack

      Some men, just want to watch the world burn..

      • EvanTheGamer

        I just want to watch the world burn. And so does Bender from Futurama. He’s always down for a good world burnin’!

  • bogy25

    I am a backer and waiting for shipping info but I did receive an email alerting me what to do when my unit arrives. What I am not sure of is if this unit will come with free games or not? It stated I need to enter my credit card for game purchases which is cool but won’t there be plenty of free games too? Also, is this thing wireless or do I really have to run an Ethernet cord to it?

    • r0lct

      It’s got both WiFi and an Ethernet port.

      As for the credit card I would imagine you only need that for paid games. However sometimes companies require it as a form of age verification for games with a content rating for 16+.

      • Adam75

        The email I got from the Kickstarter update stated that a credit card WOULD be required on the account. From the update: “You’ll need a credit/debit card to download games. All games are still free to try. Your card will only be charged if you buy content you love.”

        • r0lct

          Smart move on their part (though a pain I know to some). Making it part of the setup processes will likely mean more game sales. I would assume waiting for people to enter it when they are in “gaming mode”, especially if trying to get a quick game in won’t bother entering in their cc info and move onto something free.

  • CheeseMcGee

    Waiting for my email… impatiently.

  • anon

    I only preordered. and i forgot to order a second controller :/

  • steve g

    I can wait all up until it arrives to my house, after that. ITS ON!!

  • r0lct

    Can’t wait! Now I just need to dig up a third monitor for my work desk to “test it out”. :)

    • Guest

      Some men, just want to watch the world burn..