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Ouya Gets Pushed Back, but Should We Care?
If you’re a lover of the indie sector of gaming at all, then the Ouya is probably a console you’ve paid at least a little bit of attention to. The concept of it is simple: create a home machine that is 100% open for hackers to exploit. Spurred on by scenes such as the one we have right here, Ouya CEO Julie Uhrman and here team were able to raise about nine million dollars from Kickstarter alone. However, since then, it hasn’t exactly been smooth sailing for the company. Early shipment development units for the Ouya have been handed some pretty harsh reviews, and shipments have been horribly delayed. So should we be worried that the street release date is now three weeks later than projected?
My thought is probably not. The reality of the matter is that Ouya is a brand new company that has a very surprising and passionate level of demand. It’s something that the entity as a whole simply couldn’t prepare for. When you launch a brand new anything, there are going to be some growing pains associated with pushing it out to the public, so I would personally be giving these guys a little bit of a break before saying they don’t know how to service their customers. In fact, I’ve heard plenty of stories where company officials have contacted users to allay their shipment concerns. It’s not fun to have to wait for any product, but when it comes to something as different as the Ouya is, what we’re seeing now is a very natural business response. What I can only hope is that they make this extra time worth it for all of us by putting out a solid final product.
Speaking of innovative consoles, the Wii U is having some growing pains of its own. Check out the sad truth on the next page!