CEO at Ouya, Julie Uhrman, has announced that the little Android console has now entered the Engineering Verification Testing (EVT) phase, which brings it one step closer to release. It also means we get a first look at the PCB that will be inside the Ouya and it's impressively tiny.
Smaller than a foreign coke can in-fact. If it wasn't for the small “330ml” label, you might be forgiven for thinking that this was some giant overseas container, but in-fact the Ouya PCB is just that small. “It’s pretty amazing how our engineers have packed in Quad-Core awesomeness into such an unbelievably small package,” said Uhrman in her blog post.
She explained further that during the EVT phase, the company will be testing the console and controller with the Ouya software, seeing what sort of performance they can get out of it. Issues will result in redesigns, so it's not quite finished yet, but so far Uhrman believes that everything is on track to get developer kits out by December. Anyone that didn't secure themselves one as part of the Kickstarter can do so now by visiting Ouya.tv, as the company is “making a few extra.”
Another announcement in the blog post was that Android Ice Cream Sandwich had been dropped in favour of the more contemporary Jelly Bean.
KitGuru Says: The Ouya has the potential to be a big upset in the console market, capturing a large section of the Nintendo audience that is interested in casual games and media viewing. Will any of you be picking one up on launch day?