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Ouya Android Game Console to Update Hardware Annually

Ahead of the launch of Ouya, the Android-based gaming console, CEO Julie Uhrman has stated that the $99 dollar device will receive annual updates similar to a smartphone. Instead of following a 5-10 year refresh cycle like current game consoles, Ouya's roadmap will allow the company to release new software and hardware every single year. In an interview with Engadget, Uhrman also announced a few new titles including "Double Fine Adventure" and "The Cave."

According to Uhrman, every generation of Ouya will be backwards-compatible, so gamers will never have to worry about their games becoming obsolete. While that's a huge win for consumers, the bigger win is the annual promise of faster, more powerful hardware. When the console releases in June, it will have an Nvidia Tegra 3 processor. However the thought of a Tegra 4-powered console with Android Key Lime Pie is a tantalizing thought.

This ambitious plan isn't without its flaws. Since it's funding, Ouya has fallen victim to a number of delays. The schedule of annual development can be grueling. Although popular titles like "Madden NFL" operate on a yearly schedule, it's a totally different ball game to push out a new console every year. However if Ouya can pull it off, it could potentially change the face of console gaming as we know it.

Sherri L. Smith has been cranking out product reviews for Laptopmag.com since 2011. In that time, she's reviewed more than her share of laptops, tablets, smartphones and everything in between. The resident gamer and audio junkie, Sherri was previously a managing editor for Black Web 2.0 and contributed to BET.Com and Popgadget.