Nvidia's Tegra 4 Android-powered handheld gaming system called Project Shield has finally become a real thing instead of just a demo device seen at conferences and on video. Today the company has announced that pre-orders will begin on May 20th, 2013 with a shipping date happening sometime in late June 2013.
Today Ouya has received some additional funding to the tune of $15 million which should help the company get units built and shipped out much quicker in order to meet the demand for the Android-powered game console. However there is a bit of bad news that comes along with this additional funding.
The world of Android-powered game console has just gotten a little bigger today as BlueStacks has announced that they are getting into the console world with GamePop. What is interesting about GamePop isn't so much that it is an Android-powered game console, there seems to be a new one every couple of months, but its business model as it will be a monthly subscription service.
Alright maybe the insides aren't so gooey after all but the folks over at iFixIt have gotten a hold of an Ouya unit, fondling it lovingly, before tearing all of its guts out for everyone to view. The result is that the Ouya is actually quite repairable, at least according to the iFixIt guys.
Well isn't this a tad ironic. After our post yesterday about Ouya which sent many of you, our readers, into a frenzy due to a comment about the Wii U, it appears that Nintendo may be looking at the possibility of supporting smartphone applications and games. Of course we've heard far fetched rumors before including the rumor that the Wii U actually was running a version of Android, or Nintendo was considering it at least.
The bigger version of the original MOGA game controller has finally made its way to both retail outlets and online store for sale now. For those of you who have been waiting to pick one of these up instead of the smaller, more compact version of the controller, you can now do so.
Interesting news coming from Sony today and while it is interesting it also isn't a huge surprise either as this is kind of how the mobile gaming evolution has been going for the past little while now. It appears that Sony, aside from adding mobile integration with certain features to their upcoming Playstation 4 and some of their games as well, may very well be adding native support for their DualShock 3 controller for their Xperia phones.
Apple has come out to reveal what could be the direct competitor to the Android-powered gaming consoles out there like the OUYA and GameStick, Officially called the iPlay, Apple is touting this console as the next step in the evolutionary chain of mobile games that will also be able to be played while sitting on your couch at home.
For those of you who haven't pre-ordered an OUYA unit yet and would rather by it at retail, there is now an official date for when the Android-power console will go on sale and that is June 4th, 2013. That is, of course, as long as nothing happens to change that ate before then.
The UK retailer GAME has the Android-powered console available for pre-orders through the company's website as of this morning. The pre-orders, which currently have no shipping date attached to it, are available for £99 for those of you who want to pre-order one for the first line of shipping for people who didn't back the console's Kickstarter campaign.
For those of you who are more about having a compact, more portable, Android console instead of OUYA are probably more interested in PlayJam's GameStick which did pretty damn good on Kickstarter and has since progressed nicely including a new design for their controller. We've seen plenty of pictures and video of GameStick and now anyone attending GDC 2013 next week will be able to check GameStick out in person as well.