>Since they're building on the Android base, their "success" or "failure" won't look like a conventional console. If the entire thing is a miserable failure, games will still be made for it, because there doesn't need to be Ouya-specific games. If the company ships hardware, then blows up, it'll probably still have games coming out for it, if for no other reason than the fact you can probably root it. Conventional consoles don't have that characteristic. It changes things a lot.
I and others have already ordered this that have no intention of ever using it for gaming. But then again, there's also the raspberry PI, Cubox, ODROID-X. This is easily the most consumer friendly so far.
>I and others have already ordered this that have no intention of ever using it for gaming
So you are pretty much betting on it to fail? because at that price they probably depend solely on game sales for revenue, perhaps even to pay for some manufacturing costs. If you root it and use it for XBMC (to name one) Ouya wont see a penny from it, and if too many people do the same like you are implying then they'll go bankrupt.
And for the people behind the Ouya I bet going bankrupt, losing their jobs and equity is an unmitigated failure.
So you are pretty much betting on it to fail?
How is that at all what I said? I own an Xbox and use it for Netflix (ok, and Halo). I own a Raspberry Pi and use it for DLNA, not for education purposes. I own a Macbook Pro and run Ubuntu on it.
I can very much tell you that's not the case.
And seriously, is everyone missing the point? This is a packaged, streaming video capable player. It will be running Android. It already has more capability than the Nexus Q and is a third of the price.
The point is that this competes with existing game consoles in more ways than just gaming. It doesn't preclude it being a success from gaming, but it means that it has a wealth of other uses.
I can't count the number of technologies that have been priced correctly to sell decently for reasons beyond their primary use. And if you think people don't buy Xboxes to play Netflix, well, I can categorically tell you that you're wrong.