Ouya the android-based console was released a few months ago and it really got to the heart of some gamers. Ed Fries, one of the founding members of the Xbox and the advisor to Ouys has stated that the console’s success can’t be determined yet.
“This is essentially the same issue that now faces Ouya. The platform is being judged by how well it stacks up against metrics from a previous era, one with an entirely different business model,” he wrote.
“Among the criticisms is that ‘only’ one out of three Ouya owners have purchased at least one game. While the folks at Ouya are incredibly proud of this early outcome, some have chosen to interpret this as a glass that’s two-thirds empty. But is it?” he continued.
“Just as there was no way to compare Minecraft with World of Warcraft three years ago, today it is nearly impossible to compare Ouya with the next-generation consoles set to debut this year.This is because the game has changed dramatically for the interactive entertainment industry – and so have the rules,” he said. “What does success look like? I can honestly say I don’t know.”
Comparing Ouya with next-gen console is in fact stupid. Why? Because you can’t compare a product that has some history and an established fan base with a brand new product who has just surfaced.
I’d love to see Ouya getting bigger and bigger because competition will always be good for gamers, right?