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The Rise Of Android-Based Gaming Systems

Coming off the heels of the E3 conference in Los Angeles a few weeks ago, we were interested to note that Google is creeping into the gamer market with its latest developments of an Android-based video game system.  The WSJ broke the story of Google working on both a Droid gaming console and an Android-run smartwatch.  Rumors have it that this production is intended to keep in step with Apple’s upcoming venture into the gaming realm.

It’s being said that Google is keeping tabs on the just-released Ouya to gauge the market.  Ouya is a Santa Monica, California company that launched the sale of its $99 Android gaming console this week. According to Ouya’s press release:

“OUYA is a new kind of game console for the television that brings together an open development experience – where any creator can publish a game to the TV – with an accessible and affordable console at $99 , and where all games are free to try. OUYA supports both the downloading and streaming of entertainment content in beautiful 1080p HD quality.”

Ouya currently has 194 games and more than 17,000 registered developers.  The console has a NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of internal storage.  It can also be used to stream movies, music, and has already partnered with Twitch.tv, Crunchyroll, iheartradio, TuneIn, XBMC, Plex and Flixster.  We will be keeping our eyes on this one!

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