Jun 21, 2013
Next week is a big week for Android gaming, especially for core gaming fans as two controller-based Android systems make their public debuts: the Ouya and Nvidia Shield.
Ouya hits retail on Tuesday, June 25th, and not without some degree of concern and controversy: earlier Kickstarter and backer units were shipped with controllers and hardware plagued with issues. However, the retail versions have addressed these issues: controllers are supposedly far improved, the firmware has addressed a lot of issues both technically and quality-wise, so on the 25th, the general public will get to try out the system and its current library of 150+ games for themselves. Best Buy and Gamestop are among the retailers that will be selling the systems.
On the 27th is when the Nvidia Shield will be hitting stores, and it comes with a price drop to $299. Toting Google Play, it will have a much wider library, along with the vast number of HID gamepad titles on Google Play. However, that will still be much smaller than the number of touchscreen-only games, so the Shield still won’t play everything.
Will consumers respond to either Android device? We’ll find out starting next week.