Since Ouya first unveiled its plans for a controller-equipped, Android-based TV game console this morning, many have been wondering if the open, indie-friendly console could attract a significant following. It turns out it could—the console has surpassed its ambitious $950,000 Kickstarter funding goal in just under eight hours.
For context, the $1 million pledged to Ouya as of this writing is more than the first-day Kickstarter haul for the Pebble smartwatch. That project brought in under $1 million in first day funding on its way to becoming the largest Kickstarter project ever, with a haul of over $10 million total.
It's a great debut for Ouya, but not quite enough to prove that the system will be a mass market success on the scale of its existing console competition. Despite the large funding numbers, only about 8,000 people have so far signed up to own the console. The Xbox 360, by comparison, was still selling over 5,000 units a day in the US alone in May, during a relatively slow month nearly six years after its initial release (and in a market already saturated with tens of millions of Xbox 360s).
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