As the Ouya grows older, we will probably see much of the indie sphere take a liking to it. Mojang, the guys behind Minecraft, have already said that they may see all of their games become ported to the Ouya if there is a demand for it. If the Ouya eventually supports services like Steam, it may even become a substitute for at-home computer gaming.
In addition, the greatest advances for the Ouya probably won't come from mainstream or even indie game developers, but from hackers. Ouya has absolutely no regulations against hacking the system. You can root it for free and run pretty much any program you want on it. With this world of possibilities opened up, we pave the way for hackers to create new firmware, new cross-console compatibility, new mods of other games, and more. Heck, the best usage of the Ouya probably hasn't even been dreamed up yet. Someone might even start making Kinect games for the Ouya because the platform is so open.
But, will the Ouya be successful? That's a tricky question to answer for sure. The biggest thing the console has going for it is its $99 price tag. That's an impulse buy for some people. However, what it doesn't have yet is a killer app. There is no game making people say "Oh man, I really want to buy an Ouya!" The console has some huge publishers like Square Enix and NAMCO Bandai behind it, but the only big-name game that we have had announced for the little cube is Final Fantasy III, a game that came out in the NES era. Not exactly the big blockbuster everyone is waiting for.
Right now, the future of the Ouya is uncertain, but one thing is sure: The Ouya has a lot of potential. The biggest hurdles the device needs to get around are weak tech and lack of third-party support. However, If they can find a way to get something exclusive and system-selling (think Halo, God of War, or even Mario) on their system, then they will be in good shape. Either way, 8.6 million dollars isn't a passing fad. Developers and fans alike want the Ouya to become a reality, and that alone may inject life into it.
Angelo M. D'Argenio
Date: August 15, 2012
*The views expressed within this article are solely the opinion of the author and do not express the views held by Cheat Code Central. This week's is also purely a work of fiction*