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Gaming company CEO hints at ‘Ouya Everywhere’, a way to play Ouya games without the console


Gaming company Ouya is reportedly looking into offering a new feature that will see gamers able to play Ouya games on TVs without the need for an Ouya console.

Although Ouya started life as a Kickstarter project looking to produce $99 gaming consoles, it seems the company is now looking at ways in which it can diversify from producing Android-based gaming boxes.

Julie Uhrman, founder and CEO of the company, hinted at the upcoming news in an interview with Slashdot but failed to give any solid details of how the service will work. From the sounds of it, the company is looking at ways to embed its software platform on existing hardware, like set-top boxes and smart TVs. Uhrman noted that “there are a number of different ways games can be played on a television and we’re actively exploring all of them”.

Removing the need for hardware from the equation is a smart move for a company that wants (and needs) to scale its offering rapidly, but don’t expect Ouya to get out of the hardware business altogether. With one deal reportedly signed and sealed (and under wraps, for now), we’d expect to find out more about ‘Ouya Everywhere’ in the next few days.

➤ Ouya Expanding Beyond Its Console with ‘Everywhere’ Initiative [Slashdot]


Published March 3, 2014 — 15:59 UTC