Getting your foot in the door of console video game development can be an expensive process. With the price of console development kits costing as much as £15000, gone are the days when anyone with a computer and a basic code generator could compete with the big dogs.

That could all change if Ouya have anything to do with it. They've started a Kickstarter campaign to raise the 950k needed for them to release a completely open source console. If you own the console, you can develop for it - simple as that. It's going to be powered by Android (so everyone's already going to be familiar with the way it works) and should launch in early 2013, if all goes to plan, for the amazingly low cost of $100

As for the cost of game titles, Ouya have set some concrete parameters for developers:

"We're handing the reins over to the developer with only one condition: at least some gameplay has to be free. We borrowed the free-to-play model from games like League of Legends, Team Fortress 2, Triple Town, and many others. Developers can offer a free demo with a full-game upgrade, in-game items or powers, or ask you to subscribe."

With almost 200k already raised, and the legendary Ed Fries (one of the three people who developed the Xbox) on board as an adviser, it's hard to imagine this project not coming to fruition

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