The Ouya console is going to ship with built-in support for OnLive, the latest update from the Kickstarter project confirms. The Android-powered device, which is currently backed by more than $5.5 million in crowdfunding with 12 days still to go on the Kickstarter, won't have enough horsepower to run the sort of games that you'd see on a Sony or Microsoft console on its own. OnLive can provide that, thanks to the magic of streaming content.
The timing makes sense for this partnership, what with the pressure on OnLive following Sony's recent acquisition of game streaming competitor Gaikai. OnLive already offers a dedicated console-like device for streaming to your TV set, but its presence as an Ouya app really helps to round out the sort of experiences that the Android-powered console can offer.
The latest Ouya update also offered up some new looks at the console, controller, and dashboard screen, all of which you can check out on the Kickstarter page. In addition to OnLive, you can also look forward to an episodic prequel to Human Element, the ambitious first game from Robert Bowling's studio, Robotiki, that will launch with the console. The Ouya is expected to start shipping to backers in March 2013.
Full disclosure: I pre-ordered an Ouya console for myself via Kickstarter shortly after the funding goal was reached.