The Ouya continues to gain strength and support, with over 42,000 backers and $5.4 million raised so far on its Kickstarter. While a lot about the console is still to be determined, we now know one interesting fact: it will be one of the smallest consoles ever released.
According to its designer, Yves Béhar, the Ouya will considerably be smaller than an Xbox 360 or PS3 at only a few inches wide. Béhar told Kokatu during a recent Q&A that, “Our console is quite small, around the size of a Rubik’s cube, and so it will easily fit anywhere in a room, or be easy to throw in a backpack.” A Rubik’s Cube measures 2.2 inches, so the Ouya will be very small indeed.
The small size, however, will need plenty of cooling so as to not overheat since the console still has plenty of horsepower. It will need to fit and properly cool an NVidia Tegra 3 quad-core ARM processor, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of flash storage. Béhar responded to this by stating that they “intend to give the Tegra chipset room to breathe, as obviously it does get warm. Airflow is important here.”
The console is still under development, so nothing is set in stone yet. Its size and final design could very well change before release. For now, all we have are the renders of what it might look like to go on. If the Ouya can nail such a small size, though, then it will truly be the most portable home console ever, beating out even the Nintendo GameCube.