Looking for a cool holiday gift for the gamer who collects everything under the sun? How about a limited edition OUYA Android console for $129.99 USD? Sure, the PlayStation 4 just hit North American shores, and the Xbox One is gearing up to invade retail shelves in this week. But this cheaply-priced console already has more than 500 free-to-try games that everyone in the family can play.
Just last week, the OUYA team said that Chain Gang Chase, a unique couch co-op game for OUYA, hit its funding goal on Kickstarter, and OUYA's $1 million Free The Games Fund will match the final Kickstarter pledge sum, which is $11,662 USD. The game challenges players to steer an escaped chain gang toward train tracks and ultimately freedom.
"The game's developer (and original OUYA backer), Joe Pietruch, is a professor with the School of Interactive Games and Media at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)," reads a company email. "Joe built the current prototype over a 25-day sprint in June of 2013, and will be able to finish with Kickstarter pledges and OUYA's matching funds, part of which will go to students working on the game as a project toward their degree!"
Earlier this month, the OUYA team also said that the console surpassed 500 games in its DISCOVER storefront. "From sure-fire party starters such as Towerfall and You Don't Know Jack to quirky, unique fare such as The Amazing Frog and Potatoman Seeks the Troof!, there are games for nearly every type of gamer on OUYA, with new games going live almost daily," reads the OUYA announcement.
The new Limited Edition version packs twice the internal storage than the regular $99.99 model, offering 16 GB of storage. This version is also completely white, ditching the brushed aluminum and black colors. Other than that, the console uses the same Tegra 3 chip, provides one USB 2.0 port, one microUSB 2.0 port, Ethernet, Bluetooth, Wireless N connectivity, HDMI output, and the same controller, only in white.
The thing to keep in mind is that OUYA is a closed system, meaning whatever you purchase on Google Play will not carry over to the console without side-loading. That said, it's possible to bring games over to the device, but they won't be optimized for the OUYA controller. Still, Android games are typically so cheap, gamers will likely not care about purchasing their favorites again.
To pre-purchase the console now, head here.