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Ouya enjoyed a surge in donations over the last few days; on Monday, the total amount raised stood at $6.8 million. Some of the recent updates by the development team may have convinced those on the fence to jump in and back the console.
Yesterday, the team said it was in “active discussion” with Namco Bandai to bring some titles from its huge library onto the forthcoming console. The game developer is known for the popular game franchises Katamari Damacy, Soul Calibur, and Tekken, among many others. On top of that, the Ouya team announced that it will support up to four controllers. And answering the demands for a media player, the Ouya team revealed that the console will feature two: XBMC and Plex.
As Crowdsourcing.org editor Eric Blattberg wrote earlier this week, the Ouya team also announced a partnership with the video game streaming service OnLive, which allows users to run games in the cloud, alleviating some of the console’s technological shortcomings. The company also confirmed partnerships with several other big-name video game developers, including one with Japanese publisher Square Enix, who will bring its Final Fantasy III role-playing game to the console.
While this is certainly an exciting time for Ouya and its backers, the hardest part is still ahead. Creating, manufacturing, and delivering the console to its 60,000 backers will take a tremendous effort on the Ouya team’s part. Thus far, the developers have not pushed back the delivery date, which is scheduled for March 2013.
Those who missed out on the Kickstarter campaign need not fret. You can pre-order the console with controllers on the company’s website, though you will have to wait an extra month to get your console.