Seven years after its unveiling and almost four years after the console’s acquisition by Razer, the curtains are finally coming down on the Ouya console. The gaming brand, renowned for its peripherals and gaming notebooks, says that it will be shutting down all services and support for the console on 25 June 2019.
The decision was confirmed in an official support document, whereby Razer said that it will be shutting down the game stores for Forge TV, Ouya console, and the MadCatz MOJO micro console. The Ouya is an Android-based micro-console that was created and introduced back in 2012. By its founder and then CEO, Julie Uhrman.
The console enjoyed massive popularity back when it was announced and remains one of Kickstarter’s most successful crowd-funded campaigns. Having obtained close to US$8.6 million (~RM36.05 million) from over 63000 backers. Sadly, lacklustre sales and the console’s less-than-adequate performance.
In terms of hardware, the Ouya is powered by the already archaic NVIDIA Tegra 3, 1GB RAM, and had an internal storage capacity of just 8GB (for the standard edition). It also didn’t help that the console’s controller was criticised for being laggy and possessing a poor build quality.
In 2015, Razer jumped in and bought out Ouya for what is still an unknown amount of cash, adding nearly all of Ouya’s software and employees into its fold. Uhrman, however, did not join Razer.
Razer says that once the console is shut down, access to its “Discover” section will no longer be available. Further, some games that were downloaded on to the console via Google Play may continue to work, while others may not.
(Source: Razer via Techspot)