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Chinese console rips off PS4 AND Xbox One AND Ouya via crowdfunding

Ouya, Xbox One, PS4... they're all the same, now. Thanks to Ouye!

This is the story of China, Japan and the US of A making a baby... and thus was born the Ouye, discovered on a Chinese version of Kickstarter (JD Finance) by Kotaku. 

At first glance, the Ouye is pretty much a PS4-like console with an Xbox One-like controller. The console and one controller will sell for around 70 dollars, so don't be expecting too much from it. Although it shows a big picture of Assassin's Creed III, there is doubt whether or not it'll be able to handle such games.

 

The company says they spent "6 months on the unique design." Go ahead, you can read that again, no one will blame you. Yes, they did specify "unique" design. And looking at the resemblance, it wouldn't come as a surprise if the Ouye never saw the light of day. Microsoft and Sony could have something to say about that... 

Kotaku reader ZhugeEx translated some details given on JD Finance about the Ouye, and we are happy to share them with you:

- This is an Android Micro Console being developed by a Shenzhen company

- It will be a bit more powerful than the Ouya but the specs are a bit dated.

- Kickstarter will open later this month with $15k as the target goal

- Console is expected to cost around $70 to buy with one controller

- The console has had negative feedback from Chinese netizens because this rip off is very very blatant.

- The company said it took them 1 year and 3 months to get this product ready to ship and they spent “6 months on the unique design”..... yes.... unique design.

Foreign console ban finally lifted

Seeing as China recently stated the foreign console ban was to be lifted, it does not come as a surprise that Chinese companies are launching into such projects. 

In January, the ban was "relaxed," allowing console sales in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone as an experiment. In July, the 14-year-old ban was broken and foreign video game console sales are now allowed all over China. 

Published Aug. 18th 2015

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