Cloud gaming service OnLive
has signed a deal with the Kickstarter funded console Ouya
, which will provide gamers with hundreds of games to try on demand at launch. The Kickstarter mission statement said that games must feature a free component, which means that demos will be available for the OnLive library of games. These demos will give players 30 minutes of play for free.
OnLive UK boss Bruce Grove
said that he saw similarities between what Ouya and OnLIve are trying to do. Grove 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 ways to expand on that vision.” He added that the console could “make gaming for your living room accessible, affordable and more innovative than ever.”
The Ouya Kickstarter has been immensely successful and currently stands at $5,548,050 pledged with 12 days to go, despite targeting $950,000 initially. One of the issues raised by some analysts was that backers were not even shown a controller despite a launch date of March 2013. Ouya has answered that criticism with images of a prototype. The design is still in progress and some features are being reconsidered. The team stated that it is deciding on the buttons, but is sticking with the coloured circles for now. However, colourblind gamers will not be left out.