Ouya console set to get XBMC media streaming powers
Ouya, the Android-powered game console that’s proved a smash hit on crowdfunding site Kickstarter, hasn’t even been built yet, but already games publishers and internet giants are falling over themselves to support the plucky PlayStation rival. The latest service to arrive is XBMC, the media streaming software that turns almost any device into a serious Apple TV rival.
XBMC (Which stands for Xbox Media Centre) isn’t anything to do with Microsoft, but instead one of the world’s most popular media centre solutions, pulling in and playing all your media in one beautifully designed app that’s easy to operate from your sofa. It started life as an open source media player for the first generation Xbox, but has expanded to support many different devices and platforms – and now that includes Ouya.
Writing on their official blogs today, the teams at Ouya and XBMC revealed that they’ve been working hard on getting the software – which XBMC recently announced was headed to all Android devices – ready for launch of the plucky little console.
That means that when the $99 (£63) Ouya console is built and shipping, you’ll be able to stream any and all pictures, music and video from your computer straight to your TV via the little device, and even control it through an app on your smartphone. It’s yet another feather in the cap of Ouya: last week, gaming giant Square Enix announced it would be releasing Final Fantasy 3 for the platform.
With a release for Ouya not expected before March next year, we’re intrigued to find out what other services it’ll offer. What would you like to see on Ouya? Let’s hear your thoughts in the comments.