OUYA - No Friends Lists, Achievements, or Chat At Launch

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The OUYA console is just days away from a launch to its Kickstarter supporters on the 28th of this month, and it's just a couple of months away from the OUYA's public release date sometime in June.  Today, we're finding out a bit more about what supporters can expect to get when the console launches - or at least what will be missing.  As the console development staff crunch ahead of the launch of the console, some features have not been completed on time to make the launch, including some very popular online features.

At the SXSW Interactive festival in Austin, Texas, Julie Uhrman (founder of Ouya) revealed to members of the press that the Ouya console would not support friends lists, achievements, or cross game chat even by the system's retail launch in June.  Ouya is committed to bringing the features out later in the year, but they cannot commit to them being available at launch.

Local multiplayer has been confirmed as available at launch, and to some extent, online multiplayer will also be available at launch.  However, developers will have to create the online functionality themselves if they want their games to include multiplayer on day one - and there won't be API support for items like chat and achievements until Ouya releases that functionality later.

Hopes have run exceedingly high for the Ouya.  Ouya started life as a Kickstarter success story - starting on July 3rd of 2012, their Kickstarter campaign raised over $8 million, and reached the initial funding goal for the system within 8 hours.  Within the month, several titles were announced for the system, including Human Element (from a former Infinity Ward developer, Robert Bowling) as an exclusive title.  Final Fantasy III, XBMC, and the Plex Media Center are all coming to the Ouya, and other developers like Namco Bandai have also committed to releasing games on Ouya.

The Ouya console is powered by Android's Jelly Bean release, and features a NVidia Tegra 3 CPU/GPU SoC. It has 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage, and supports HDMI, USB, WiFi, Bluetooth, and Ethernet.  The controller, which features a touchpad in the middle of the faceplate, is wireless.

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