Open Source Apps on Track to Create a Netflix for Video Games

After raising $8.5 million on Kickstarter, developers of the Ouya console aim to revolutionize the gaming industry with apps and open sourcing.

What’s the Latest Development?

The Ouya, a new gaming console, looks to replace the standard gaming platforms used by Playstation, Wii, and Xbox with a structure more commonly found in smart phones and tablets. A Kickstarter for the Ouya was launched earlier this year with the goal of reaching $950,000. It has since received $8.5 million and buzz for the console has increased steadily in the gaming world. What makes the Ouya special is that it replaces custom hardware and discs with the open formatting of the Android app marketplace. The Ouya is also cheaper than its potential competitors. "For less than the cost of two games on traditional hardware you are getting a system where the games will be free to play."

What’s the Big Idea?

One of the biggest draws to the Ouya is that at launch, “every title, every game will be available—at least as a trial—for free.” The changeover from $50 discs to free apps has the potential to revolutionize the model for selling and playing games. Beyond pricing, the portability of the Ouya makes it even more viable. With TVs that come with built-in services like Netflix and Pandora, it seems equally possible to build in the Ouya.

Photo Credit:

The 4 types of thinking talents: Analytic, procedural, relational and innovative

Understanding thinking talents in yourself and others can build strong teams and help avoid burnout.

Big Think Edge
  • Learn to collaborate within a team and identify "thinking talent" surpluses – and shortages.
  • Angie McArthur teaches intelligent collaboration for Big Think Edge.
  • Subscribe to Big Think Edge before we launch on March 30 to get 20% off monthly and annual memberships.
Keep reading Show less

Do you have a self-actualized personality? Maslow revisited

Rediscovering the principles of self-actualisation might be just the tonic that the modern world is crying out for.

Personal Growth

Abraham Maslow was the 20th-century American psychologist best-known for explaining motivation through his hierarchy of needs, which he represented in a pyramid. At the base, our physiological needs include food, water, warmth and rest.

Keep reading Show less

Brazilian scientists produce mini-brains with eyes

Using a new process, a mini-brain develops retinal cells.

Surprising Science
  • Mini-brains, or "neural organoids," are at the cutting edge of medical research.
  • This is the first one that's started developing eyes.
  • Stem cells are key to the growing of organoids of various body parts.
Keep reading Show less

Believe in soulmates? You're more likely to 'ghost' romantic partners.

Does believing in true love make people act like jerks?

Thought Catalog via Unsplash
Sex & Relationships
  • Ghosting, or cutting off all contact suddenly with a romantic partner, is not nice.
  • Growth-oriented people (who think relationships are made, not born) do not appreciate it.
  • Destiny-oriented people (who believe in soulmates) are more likely to be okay with ghosting.
Keep reading Show less