It isn’t often that someone goes out of their way to save a dead product, but that’s exactly what someone did for the OUYA this week. If you’re not already familiar with the oddity known as the OUYA, it was a digital gaming console that worked with Android devices. The company tried for a few years to make everything work like any other console on the market, but it got little attention. Sales were down and eventually, the company went under, selling the device to Razer. Razer tried for a cup of coffee to get it working, but then shut down all services back in June.
Well, someone decided to go over Razer’s head and create their own API server complete with OUYA games to be downloaded by anyone. Archivists have already saved the over 1,500 games made for the console, but now they have a marketplace again in the form of a non-profit. The nonprofit Archive, who also own the Internet WayBack Machine for those of you who like looking up old versions of websites, has helped bring back the console to be functional again.
For the first time, a digital only console ecosystem has been brought back to life. It only took someone banging their head against it for years and some archive on the internet that could hold the gigabytes of data and serve them to now working OUYAs. https://t.co/dpHKtYowr6
— Jason Scott (@textfiles) November 25, 2019
We can’t quite call it a revival yet, because it’s so new and there’s no telling what Razer might do. But it does open the door for indie developers to start making free games for it again with an access point for users to download them if they so choose. Not to mention gathering all the old games people want. Hopefully, this stays around for a minute to grow.