Well, we already know that the Verge only have theirs because their editor in chief backed the Kickstarter.
I find this rather interesting. We have been seeing review on top of review pop up around the internet. We have seen them by Engadget, TheVerge, Pocket Gamer, etc. Most of these reviews reflect the fact that the OUYA does not yet represent a finished product. These reviewers made their reviews, and made the public believe that the OUYA is a finished product. However the official launch is not until June.
Gameindustry.biz, in an interesting turn of events spoke to a representative from OUYA, who said,Now this makes you wonder if perhaps these websites jumped the gun a bit. Perhaps it will be a lot more fair to judge and review the OUYA when OUYA is ready to release the console to the press. When there are more games on the service, and when the bugs have been worked out."We will be making Ouya review units available in early to mid-May so that you are able to review the more complete consumer experience and prepare your coverage in time forthe June 4th retail launch. To clarify for you--Ouya has sent no review units out to press. Any reviews you have seen online are a result from individuals who received early backer units from supporting our Kickstarter."
This is exactly what I've been saying. All of the reviewers got a hold of a Kickstarter console. Whether by backing directly or as in David Pierce's case by borrowing a backer's.
Exactly, same goes for every other site that has written a review on the OUYA so far. They are reviewing a BETA product. Although the hardware is reviewable (and the hardware reviews have been quite good), the software and game reviews are inappropriate in my mind. The whole software end of things is still in BETA!
Media got theirs because they are media; why they get phones, etc first. Its just part of being the media.
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