The OUYA started off as a Kickstarter, presented as a feature-rich android powered game console for your TV. Yes, yes, there was a time, though temporarily, that people actually where EXCITED about playing android games on their TV. The Kickstarter was an unprecedented success at the time bringing in MUCH more than they asked for with it earning over $8 MILLION DOLLARS!!!!!!
Of course once this happened several odd changes happened at the company, previously announced deals ended, delays delays delays, nothing to show for months, you know, the usual scam that accidentally did to well type stuff.
BUT THEN, it finally launched. It didn't end up at all the promised retailers, and if I recall, Targets launch was delayed, but some people were able to bring the first OUYA consoles home with them. These people NOT being the backers of the Kickstarter. Yes, the BACKERS got the console AFTER retail. I knew people who waited over a month to get their OUYA. I saw on forums people saying it took two months before they got their OUYA so they had to buy one at the store to review it.
It failed spectacularly, PR kept using questionable software sales figures as console sales through vague press releases for awhile, but reality set in that this project was doomed, and it eventually died off. It was later brought by RAZER, which I believe was a mistake because I have yet to see anything come out of that deal.
But some people did enjoy the product that came out, while people are mostly negative on the controllers, many use it as a debug kit, as an emulation machine, or as a software creation platform. It did get some timed exclusive titles such as CRAZY FROG among others when it was new, but as of today I believe you can find all of its library on PC and mobile.
It did get a lot of gaming related projects and companies to consider crowdfunding and it was one of the major successes that put Kickstarter on the map. But it was made by a company that clearly was not intending to raise $8 million and had ruined their Image way before the console was released with false promises and fake press releases.
Edited by Spike Danton, Thu Sep 13, 2018 2:27 PM.