The First Ouyas Will Ship This December

Hey, remember Ouya? You know, that newfangled gaming console that raised almost $8.6 million on Kickstarter a few months ago?

No longer content to be imaginary, Ouya has decided to become an actual thing. Its creators say that the new console will be shipping to developers at the end of next month, writing in a blog post today that the first wave of Ouyas will be ready on time:

To the hundreds of developers who backed us through Kickstarter to get their hands on our advance dev consoles: Mark your calendars! On December 28, they leave the factory and should arrive within a couple of days (we've heard that Turkey and Russia might take a bit longer). Yes, we are shipping these to you on time, as promised.

The dev consoles are an early version of the OUYA console and controller designed for developers to test their games on OUYA. Our Kickstarter developers are the first to get a crack at ‘em! We're psyched to have you on board, and we can't wait to see what pours from your brain!

Of course, when the final consoles ship, EVERY OUYA will be a dev console. We told you that already. What we didn't tell you was that the advance dev consoles you ordered are pretty special—you'll know what I mean when you open yours. They're rare drops. :P

Exciting stuff. Although I've been skeptical about the new open-source Android console, it's good to hear that things are going smoothly over there. I'm looking forward to seeing it in action.