OUYA Launches New Streaming Game Service

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OUYA, is a microconsole  running its own version of the Android Operating Sysytem, developed by Ouya Inc. Julie Uhrman founded the project in 2012. She brought in designer Yves Behar  to collaborate on the design of the project, and Muffi Ghadiali as product manager to put together the engineering team. Development was funded via Kickstarter , raising $8.5 million and becoming the website’s second-highest-earning project in its history.

It is not, as one might think at first glance, to OUYA Everywhere, that is, the solution being tested to bring the interface and console games ” & Tegra powered Android “on other devices. This new streaming service, developed by Playcast Media , resembles in many ways to Onlive or that developing in house Sony PlayStation Now .

For the moment, by Playcast, it will be impossible OUYA play LEGO Batman 2 (among other things also on OnLive) and Splinter Cell: Conviction . The application to access these games will be made ​​available in beta in these days. It seems that the company behind Playcast has already made ​​arrangements with large software houses such as  EA , Ubisoft , Konami , Warner Bros , 2K , Namco Bandai , Square Enix , Capcom , Codemasters , Disney and SEGA ,  to bring other games in the coming weeks.

The Ouya is a 75-millimetre (2.95-inch) cube designed to use with a TV as the display via an HDMI connection. It ships with a single wireless controller, but it can also support multiple controllers. Games are available via digital distribution, or can be side loaded. 

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The Ouya controller is a typical game pad with dual analogue sticks, a directional pad, 4 face buttons (labeled O, U, Y and A) and pairs of back bumpers and triggers. It also includes a single-touch touch pad in the center of the controller. The Ouya controller also has magnetically attached face plates which enclose the 2 AA batteries, one on each side of the removable plates.

Alternate controllers may be used with the console (including those from the Xbox 360, Play Station3 and Wii)  but only for compatible games

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