Ouya console will stream games in partnership with OnLive

The buzz surrounding Ouya, the hackable Android-based gaming console, has yet to die down. But not everyone is excited: Many people have brought up warranted concerns regarding what the $99 console will have to offer gamers that current consoles cannot. Today’s announcement that OnLive will be partnering with Ouya should put many of those concerns to rest.

This partnership is the most important step Ouya has taken so far to reassure the early adopters that their pledge to the project was money well spent. OnLive is a relatively new service, but its catalog is quite large: The company hosts over 270 games on its cloud gaming platform, many with 30-minute game demos to try before you buy. Thanks to this partnership, Ouya will now have access to top-tier PC and console titles to go along with its Android developed games.

OnLive’s biggest competition in the cloud gaming space, Gaikai, recently teamed up with Sony to bring its service to consoles and televisions in the near future. It will be interesting to see how OnLive’s decision to bring cloud gaming to Ouya will compare to what Gaikai will offer on Sony’s future products.

This latest reveal is just one of many that have begun to silence the naysayers. One of the first signs that things were moving forward was the confirmation that Robert Bowling’s new company Robotoki would release its zombie apocalypse game Human Element on Ouya.

The Ouya controller.

If anything worried critics as much as the potential drought of games, it was the actual design of the console and controller. The first shot of the controller very specifically did not show off both analog sticks, striking a chord with viewers that the project might not be as far along as they were led to believe. So, right alongside the partnership with OnLive, Ouya has also unveiled prototype images of the console, the controller, and the Ouya's user interface.

What do you think about the Ouya? Once the hype dies down, is the Android powered console going to offer enough to entice gamers that may already own multiple consoles from established game companies? Let us know in the comments below, and check out the Ouya Kickstarter page for more information.

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