Have you heard of the new OUYA console?

Being a technophile myself, I’m always reading up on the next technologies. I think I’ll theme Wednesdays as Wicked Tech Wednesday. Today’s wicked tech? I was looking through Kickstarter projects (more on the site itself some other day), and discovered it, unfortunately, too late to actually become a backer, otherwise I would have happily donated the money for an open-source console!

Basically, this is a whole new way of thinking about console gaming: it’s free. Any and every game on OUYA has to have at least some free-to-play portion. And they’ve made some incredible announcements recently, such as:

Game streaming

Partnering with Square Enix to launch Final Fantasy III on the console.

Music videos

Media management (meaning you can use it to manage your entire movie collection)

Stop and think about what that means for you. You can literally program your own games using the Android platform. That’s, frankly, incredible. Unfortunately, it may not be publicly available for some time, but for those of you who backed the Kickstarter project, you’ll be getting a console by March – and I have to admit, I’m kind of jealous. If you’re interested in more reading, here’s the OUYA Kickstarter page: OUYA: A New Kind of Video Game Console by OUYA — Kickstarter. Or you can mosey on over to the new OUYA.tv to check out the official site yourself.