There’s been speculation floating around (including in our own comments sections) that OUYA
, the $99 open source gaming
console, will also eventually offer media streaming capabilities, effectively turning it into a set-top box. According to notes from Gizmag on OUYA co-founder Julie Uhrman's talk at SXSW, that’s pretty much what’s going to happen.
Uhrman said that she’s pretty confident that OUYA will have a native app for streaming
video; presumably, that would include the big names such as Netflix
, Hulu, Amazon, and Google. OUYA has previously announced partnerships
with OnLive, TuneIn, and XMBC.
Further, she indicated that OUYA is in talks to potentially partner with manufacturers of other home entertainment products--i.e., Blu-ray players, TVs, and the like.
Video streaming capabilities could be baked into OUYA as early as the June retail launch
(or, you know, shortly thereafter). Early backers of OUYA’s Kickstarter campaign are set to start receiving their consoles
in a week.