June 25 will mark the final nail in the coffin for the Ouya, the $ 99 crowdfunded gaming console that failed to deliver on the hype.
On June 25, Razer plans on pulling the plug to Ouya’s online store, which hosts games for the console. “Once it has been shut down, access to the Discover section will no longer be available,” the company says on the support page.
“Games downloaded that appear in Play, may still function if they do not require a purchase validation upon launch,” the page adds. “Contact the game developer for confirmation.”
Actual hardware sales for the console discontinued back in 2015 when Razer bought up the software assets from Ouya to help power its own Android-based micro gaming console called Forge TV. So it was perhaps only a matter of time before Razer shut down the Ouya store.
Ouya arrived on the scene back in 2012 as a project on the crowdfunding site Kickstarter with the promise of offering an affordable Android-powered gaming console for a mere $ 99. The concept was so popular, it managed to raise $ 8.5 million from over 63,000 backers, and attracted the interest from a whole legion of third-party developers.
However, the actual product largely received negative reviews when it arrived in 2013. PCMag gave the console a mediocre score, due to its cheap controller and underwhelming graphics performance. The system also doesn’t have access to the Google Play Store. (For that, you need to root the device.)
Ouya tried to rectify some of the problems with a slightly upgraded version of the product. But by 2015, the startup had run out of funding, and was reportedly trying to auction itself off.
Razer is also pulling the plug on the online store for its own microconsole, Forge TV. But unlike Ouya, Forge TV does have access to the Google Play Store, according to Razer’s support page. “You will still be able to use it as you would any Android TV set top box,” it noted.