OUYA backers will get their units on March 28, the company said in a new blog post on Thursday. The Android-based gaming console, which appeared out of the Kickstarter ether last summer, amassed a fortune in community funding, including big support from some big names in the gaming industry. A full launch is still set for June, OUYA said.
As the console starts rolling out, OUYA will immediately begin work on fine-tuning and improving on the experience over the next weeks and months. Emails are set to go out soon with tracking numbers, so if you backed the console, keep an eye on your inbox.
In addition to a revealing a tangible date, OUYA also shared a few gaming announcements, including one from Kim Swift, who previously worked on Portal, Left 4 Dead and Quantum Conundrum. Minority Media, of Papo & Yo fame, will also back the console with an adventure puzzler this fall; OUYA said the developer’s game will be the first to take full advantage of the console’s touchpad and buttons simultaneously.
Finally, OUYA also said Kelle Santiago, co-founder of thatgamecompany (developer of the very excellent game Journey), is part of the OUYA team.
“OUYA gets it,” Santiago said about joining the company. “This is the first console company that really understands how important it is to remove the barriers to development.”