OUYA Launch Date Slips Three Weeks

Posted Thu May 9, 2013 at 07:30 AM PDT by
OUYA Controller

The system is also getting a controller fix and $15 million in new funding.

OUYA CEO Julia Uhrman announced today that the OUYA's launch date is being pushed pack from June 4th to June 25th. While many backers are still awaiting their units, the reason cited for the delay is unforeseen demand. "The demand we’re seeing from gamers and our retailers is beyond our expectations, so, to meet all this demand, we are shifting our launch date by three weeks to give us time to make more OUYAs. Our official launch date will be June 25th. This change in ship date does not affect backer shipments."

In the same announcement, Julia Uhrman revealed that OUYA, Inc. had raised $15 million in funding from new investors. Those investors include Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, known for their tech focus, and NVIDIA among others. The funds will help to up production and to extend further support to developers. Along with the funding, Bing Gordon will join OUYA's board. Bing Gordon spent twenty-six years at EA before moving to Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and now sits on the board of multiple hot companies in the digital space.

"I am thrilled to share that OUYA has raised $15 million in funding from new investors. This is a really important step towards being around for the long haul... It means we’ve got additional resources to make OUYA everything it can be."

One footnote to the OUYA's development is a fix for the controller. The OUYA's controller features removable faceplates for battery access, but backers have found that the OUYA's buttons occasionally get stuck behind those plates. The production fix has apparently been in the pipeline for months, but was mentioned now just as the controller's issues have become for public.

The OUYA is now expected to be released on June 25th, and is available for pre-order.

Source: OUYA

Author: Brian Hoss

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