Ouya Retail Launch Delayed to June 25

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The retail launch of the Ouya game console has been pushed back three weeks, Ouya CEO Julie Uhrman announced this morning. The tiny, Android-based machine was originally set to arrive at major retailers on June 4, but will now be available to the masses on June 25. The company has gradually issued early editions of the $99 console to backers of its Kickstarter since March.

\"OuyaIn a post on the company’s blog, Uhrman claims that the delay is due to high demand from both consumers and retailers. She also tells Joystiq that the delay will give the company extra time to implement a change to the console’s controller design. Early reviews of the Ouya have griped that the controller’s buttons tended to get stuck when pressed, but Uhrman says that future controllers will sport widened button holes to combat this.

Ouya also revealed today that it has received an additional $15 million in funding from California-based venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers. The company raised $8.6 million through Kickstarter last year, making it one of the most successful in the crowdfunding site’s history.

Sources: Ouya, (2), Joystiq



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