Posted Tue Mar 12, 2013 at 06:30 AM PDT by Brian Hoss
Online multiplayer will be in place, but no friend lists.
As the Ouya nears the time when it will ship to backers ahead of its June retail release, details have emerged from SXSW about the state of the system's online functionality. As an Android device, several features expected from a console or PC gaming client still need to be implemented, namely online multiplayer.
Fortunately, the company has clarified the initial reports by stating that online multiplayer will be available at launch on a per title basis. Online multiplayer functionality needs to be implemented on the developer side, suggesting that at least a smattering of titles with an Ouya focus will be ready at launch.
Sadly though, features such as online chat, friends lists, and achievements are not expected to make the system's launch but are mentioned as coming online later this year. Once the Ouya backend is in place for systems like achievements, developers will need to update each title in order for players to experience the functionality.
Amid all the talk of online play was also the mention of local multiplayer, which should be more prevalent on the Ouya than any other current Android flavor.
The Ouya has a release date set for the month of June and can be pre-ordered here. p>
Source: The Verge
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