Why the quirky Playdate portable could succeed where Ouya failed

Why the quirky Playdate portable could succeed where Ouya failed

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Remember microconsoles? Years before “the streaming era” that Sony now says is upon us, there was a period there where the conventional wisdom was that traditional consoles were dead and lower-priced microconsoles were the wave of the future.

In that time, upstarts like Ouya and established brands like Sony, Nvidia, Mad Catz, Apple, Amazon, and more jumped into the microconsole gaming market in one form or another.

Their bet was that there was an audience who wanted to play games on the TV but didn’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on a full-fledged console that was overkill for the large flood of indie games out there. But then tens of millions of people bought the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One (and later the Nintendo Switch) and the bottom largely fell out of the microconsole market (though no one

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Remember Ouya? It’s Shutting Down on June 25

Remember Ouya? It’s Shutting Down on June 25


Ouya, the Android-powered micro gaming console that hit Kickstarter in 2012, shipped in 2013, then got sold to Razer in 2015, will essentially cease to exist on June 25. 

According to a post from Razer, which also details the shutdown of Forge TV and MadCatz MOJO’s game stores, accounts will be deactivated and content may be hard to play on any consoles that are still out there. 

Razer says games that don’t require any purchase validation should work fine, but for the most part, it looks like you should just plan on packing up your Ouya or recycling it if you can. 

RIP, micro console. 

// Razer

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