Earlier this week, the team behind OUYA, a $99 Android-based gaming console, launched a Kickstarter page to gather funds. The goal was to raise $950,000. The company reached this goal in less than 12 hours. However, gamers are still giving and the amount of money behind the Ouya project is mounting.
The open-source console is now the fastest growing Kickstarter project of all time. By the end of day one, the project had attracted $2 million in funding. At time of writing, it had raised in excess of $4 million. This astronomical amount of money comes courtesy of a whopping 34,000 contributors. And don't forget, Kickstarter is only open to those located in the United States. Imagine what those numbers would look like if the entire gaming world was allowed to contribute funds.
"Yesterday a video game project called Ouya became the eighth project in Kickstarter history to raise more than a million dollars, and the fastest ever to do so," Kickstarter said in a blogpost on Wednesday. "Ouya hit the total in just over eight hours, shattering the previous record."
Ouya's creators updated their Kickstarter page to thank users for contributing so much money and said it was currently working out what to do with all of the extra cash. In true crowd-sourcing fashion, they've asked for help in figuring it out.
"Do you realize what you've done? You proved consoles aren't dead. You shocked the world. And us!" fuseproject, the company behind Ouya, said. "We are blown away by your support," the update continues. "Now we want to blow you away. The biggest thing for us right now: we are working on our stretch goals, what we can do if we raise more money. It might take us a few days to figure that out, and we want your help. Tell us what you would like the stretch goals to be at email@example.com."
The Ouya console still has 26 days to go on Kickstarter, so it's anyone's guess what the total will be by August. If you missed out on this news earlier in the week, the $99 Ouya features a quad-core Tegra 3 SoC, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal flash storage, 802.11 b/g/n connectivity, Bluetooth LE 4.0, one USB 2.0 port, and an HDMI output port with support up to 1080p on an HDTV. Android 4.0 completes the package along with a wireless controller with standard controls (two analog sticks, d-pad, eight action buttons, a system button) and a touchpad. Anyone contributing more than $99 to the Kickstarter project will get a free Ouya when the console launches.