Ouya to release new model every year

Ouya to release new model every year
Craig Chapple

By Craig Chapple

February 7th 2013 at 12:01PM

Double Fine and Words with Friends co-creator Paul Bettner developing for $99 console

New versions of tny Android console Ouya will be released on a yearly basis, the company’s CEO has said.

Speaking to Engadget, Julie Uhrman said the firm would be following a strategy similar to mobile companies, and launch a new iteration every year.

Uhrman added the idea of releasing annually was to make sure it could include new faster processors, as well as taking advantage of the drop in price for various features.

Despite the plan to release annually, she stated that all future consoles would be backward-compatabile, with games tied to users in a similar way to digital distribution platform Steam – rather than tied to specific hardware.

“Our strategy is very much similar to the mobile strategy,” said Uhrman. “There will be a new Ouya every year. There will be an Ouya 2 and an Ouya 3.”

During DICE, Ouya also announced that more developers had signed up to create games for the console, including Double Fine and Words with Friends co-creator Paul Bettner.

In all, more than 450 titles are said to be in development for the hardware.

Ouya is expected to launch publicly in June at a number of retail outlets, with contributors who backed the console during its Kickstarter campaign to receive it before it hits stores.