Reflect on 2013 and you might remember the Android-based console known as the Ouya. It was one of the earlier tech success stories on Kickstarter and marketed itself as a direct competitor to modern video game systems of the time, such as the Wii U. It also openly publicised the fact it could emulate traditional consoles such as the NES and SNES.
Despite raising a staggering $8.6 million during its crowd-funded campaign and securing timed exclusives such as the utterly superb TowerFall, sales for the device completely bombed, resulting in financial troubles for the company behind it. The software assets were then sold off to Razer, and in 2015 sales of the system were totally discontinued.
Very soon, Ouya's time will officially come to an end, as Razer has announced the closure of the console's digital game store and services next month, on 25th June.
After this date, users will no longer be able to access their online account or previously purchased titles and will be unable to use the online services or purchase new games. Games downloaded before this date can still be used after the shutdown in an offline state:
You will be able to play games via the OUYA platform until June 25, 2019. Once it has been shut down, access to the Discover section will no longer be available. Games downloaded that appear in Play, may still function if they do not require a purchase validation upon launch. Contact the game developer for confirmation.
Although the Ouya marketed the system as a competitor to Nintendo, the system eventually shared a common similarity with the Japanese company's current system, the Switch: both utilise Nvidia Tegra chipsets.
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