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Published on July 1st, 2014 | by Michael Ormonde

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Ouya Testing Out A Subscription Model

Android based micro-console Ouya has really had a rough time since launch. After finding incredible success via Kickstarter, the console has seen minimum adoption in the mainstream and has been embroiled in several controversies including a much criticised funding program and updated version of its console just a year after its initial release. To their credit, the team at Ouya have continued to try new things. With that in mind, the company have just announced a 12 month subscription program for their storefront.

A limited time offer, the “All Access Pass” gives purchasers 12 months access to a library of over 800 titles for the one time price of $60. This is a one time payment, and lowers the price of games on their embedded store to $0. There are some exceptions – games over a certain value are excluded from the offer, as are in-app purchases, meaning the true value of the all access pass is questionable. The company have made it clear via correspondence with Gamasutra that this is a limited time, limited quantity offer.

It will be interesting to see whether the program inspires an increased uptake of Ouya ownership and releases. The platform does have potential (Towerfall Ascension¬†started life as an Ouya exclusive) but with Amazon entering the android micro-console space, it may be difficult for the company to gain any more of a foothold in what’s becoming a crowded market.

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Michael Ormonde

A web developer by trade, Michael has been gaming as long as he's been able to hold the controller.



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