In less than 32 hours, the Kickstarter for Ouya will end not with a whimper, but with a bang. It seems like just yesterday the campaign for the little console that could was launched, yet it’s coming to a close with over 7 million dollars raised. That’s not including a likely final push — making it quite possible for raised funds to clock in at near 8 million.
If you’re one of those who has been playing the waiting game, it’s now or
never until the console is released for general pre-order. To wet your whistle, Ouya has announced that consoles will include open source media player XBMC:
Maybe it was inevitable. Maybe it was because of the hundreds, if not thousands, of demands on Twitter, in blogs, on Facebook, in Reddit, and in Kickstarter comments. Maybe it’s because many of Team OUYA support XBMC, and nearly a third of Team XBMC members are OUYA backers.
Regardless, we are delighted to announce that XBMC will be working with OUYA to ensure that XBMC works well on the OUYA platform. OUYA’s Android underpinnings and XBMC’s work on Android (soon to be merged into master, pending final sign-offs!) will dramatically speed up that effort, as will early XBMC dev access to OUYA prototypes.
The conversation between our two teams is young, but talk is ongoing and positive. We look forward to providing more exciting news on this front as it develops.