Ouya has secured a deal with the cloud-based gaming system OnLive, which will drastically expand the Android-based console’s library and give it some much needed mass appeal.
OnLive UK’s General Manager Bruce Grove spoke to Eurogamer about this potentially lucrative partnership.
“When OnLive first heard about Ouya, we were excited to see console gaming become available and open,” he said. “Like Ouya, we came to gaming with a new vision for making top-quality gaming accessible to more people, and we continue to look for way to expand on that vision.”
Ouya plans to let gamers play at home on the console and then continue on the go on any PC, Mac, tablet, or phone. People will now also be able to play instant demos for every game OnLive offers up to 30 minutes for free.
With OnLive onboard, Ouya will now be able to offer AAA titles from major developers to its users such as Batman: Arkham City (Warner Bros.), the upcoming Darksiders II (THQ), Borderlands (2K), and Assassin’s Creed (Ubisoft).
Ouya also announced its first exclusive title Human Element from Robert Bowling’s studio Robotoki. As Ouya continues to grow by gaining major supporters, the potential for them to seriously impact the home gaming market becomes more and more realistic.
“Ouya is rethinking the console business, making waves by using standard technology to make gaming for you living room accessible, affordable, and more innovative than ever,” Grove said. “In OnLive’s case, we pioneered a groundbreaking, cloud-based system that instantly delivers games to any device on command.”
A Kickstarter drive for Ouya started last month with a goal of $950,000. There are still 12 days to go, and they have already raised over $5.5 million from 43,405 backers. As of today, a pledge of $99.99 gets you and Ouya when it comes out March of next year.