Hardly a week goes by without talk about the $99 Ouya game console. With under 35 hours to go and over $7 million in Kickstarter funding collected from over 53,000 funders, the little underdog console is getting two features that might push you over the fence to buy one: XBMC media player and TuneIn online radio.
According to Julie Urhman, CEO of Ouya, you asked for XBMC to be included in the Rubik's Cube-sized console and now you're getting it. For those who don't know, XBMC is a open source media player that can handle virtually any video and music codec you throw at it. What started out as an Xbox media player project has slowly expanded to a variety of alternative platforms.
That's not all, the Ouya is also getting online radio from TuneIn that'll let you listen to over 70,000 stations and 2 million on-demand programs in 230 countries.
For a device that runs on Android and has an Nvidia Tegra 3 chip, it damn well better do something more than run a mobile games.
To keep you up to speed, Ouya also has support for OnLive streaming consoles-quality games, VEVO for all of your music video needs, iHeartRadio and Final Fantasy III and Human Element as two announced games.
So there you go. Not only is the Ouya a game console, but it's also a multimedia monster and it's gunning to kill your Xbox 360, not with graphics, but with features people care about.
As its funding time comes to an end, the Ouya has solidified itself as a console that's ripe to disrupt the current state of living room gaming.
Have you put your money down for an Ouya? Our own Kevin Hall has his cash on for a limited edition brown Ouya console with extra controller. I haven't pulled the trigger yet. March 2013 might seem like a long ways off, but it'll be here before you know it.