Ouya CEO Julie Uhrman told reporters at Dice today that there will be new models of the Ouya consoles released every year. According to her, this new strategy will be implied to take advantage of the yearly price drops on the components for the android consoles.
This is what she had to say:
As it relates to iterating the console and refreshes, our strategy is very much similar to the mobile strategy. There will be a new Ouya every year. There will be an Ouya 2 and an Ouya 3. We’ll take advantage of faster, better processors, take advantage of prices falling. So if we can get more than 8GB of Flash in our box, we will. And in so doing, make sure that all games are backwards compatible.
For those who are concerned, she did confirm that all “all the games will be backward compatible.” Furthermore, all Ouya games will be tied to the gamer; this would let the gamer have their old content available on the new console if they upgrade their Ouya consoles.
As for the specs of the first Ouya console, this is what she said:
We’re launching on the Tegra 3. It’s a quad-core A9 chip. Because it’s not a mobile device, we don’t have to balance power for battery life. So when all four quads are running, it’s 1.6GHz. It’s gonna be the best Tegra 3 device on the market.
The first Ouya console will launch in March for the Kickstarter backers and in June, it will be available at retail.