Ouya Console Sold Out on Amazon After Getting $8.5M on Kickstarter

June 25, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

The Ouya console sold out on Amazon, according to reports on Tuesday.

Ouya, an open-source Android console selling for $99, made headlines after its makers generated $8.5 million via donations on the crowd-funding site Kickstarter.com.

The console has generated a good deal of support from Best Buy, GameStop, and Target.

“The support really validates what we’re trying to do,” Ouya chief executive Julie Uhrman told the Washington Post. “It validates that people are looking for something new. It’s not common for retailers to partner with with a start-up. Particularly before it’s even ready.”

In a press statement released on Tuesday, Uhrman recalled how “Ouya was just an idea” just less than a year ago.

“We wanted to do something completely new in console gaming: build a $99 game console, with no discs to buy, open to all developers, and affordable to all gamers,” she said, according to Forbes. “Today, Ouya is real.”

However, some preliminary reviews say the console has some flaws regarding controller lag and a poor selection of games.

“The controller sounds nice on paper, but it’s sadly close to being outright junk,” wrote Will Greenwald of PC Magazine. “The touchpad is the worst touchpad I’ve ever used. It’s over-sensitive but unresponsive, making the cursor fly around the screen with only little concern for what my finger is doing. It doesn’t click, and it takes patience to tap the touchpad just right to make it register as a tap and not a swipe.”

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