Ouya, the much anticipated Android game console that took off on Kickstarter, moves closer to launch. Early backers are already receiving their boxes — word to Ouya: I am still waiting. Now the company announces a new round of funding and an official launch date next month.
Company CEO Julie Uhrman tells us the console maker is “thrilled to share that OUYA has raised $15 million in funding from new investors. This is a really important step towards being around for the long haul”.
The company has also pushed the console release date back. Originally scheduled for June 4, Ouya now announces an official launch date of June 25. Uhrman also tells us “this change in ship date does not affect backer shipments. We’re still on track to have units shipped to our early backers – from both Kickstarter and OUYA.tv preorders before the end of May”.
I expect I shall receive my console soon — I pre-ordered very early on, the day that pre-orders opened, in fact. Stay tuned for a full review when I finally receive my device.
Ouya was the darling of the tech news cycle not long ago as they rocketed up the KickStarter charts to (likely) record donations (no real records seem to exist). If you aren’t familiar, Ouya is a proposed gaming console that will be based on the Android operating system, and is expected to launch in early 2013. The box has been highly anticipated and netted $8.5 million in donations after looking to solicit only $950,000.
After the KickStarter funding round closed, the console became available for pre-order to those who didn’t donate, but wanted to receive an early edition of the product. This is where I bought in. I ordered a device, expected to ship sometime around next April, and threw in a second controller because, after all, what fun would it be if I couldn’t play against my wife, daughter or son? The price was reasonable – only $139. I was also assured that I wouldn’t be charged until the thing actually shipped, which is generally standard practice.
Ouya, as it turns out, claims they were misled by PayPal and customers placing a pre-order were actually charged immediately for the console. While they are issuing apologies, and offers for refunds (which will cancel your order), there really isn’t much else they can do. An inquiry sent to the company was met with following prompt reply:
Unfortunately, we were misled by our PayPal representative (the main reason we’re no longer working with PayPal).
We understand it’s not cool and, believe us, that’s not how we wanted it to go either.
If you’re not comfortable, we can process a cancelation for you. Just let us know.
If you are interested in pre-ordering (even after knowing this) or simply want more information about the new gaming console, then head over to ouya.tv.