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Ouya delays retail launch — fixing sticky controller

Jeff Chabot

ouya console & controllerFor those of you anxiously awaiting the Ouya’s arrival to stores on June 4th, you’ll have to wait another 21 days until Tuesday, June 25th. The original drop date has been delayed by the startup game company, giving Ouya a chance to manufacture more units but also to fix a sticky controller issue Kickstarter backers have complained about. The problem, apparently, was due to the size of the hole the button sits in under the faceplate (exactly which button(s) not specified). Ouya CEO Julie Uhrman told JoyStiq, “we’ve increased the size just a little bit, so now the buttons don’t stick under it.” Ouya backers can request replacement controllers from the company’s customer service.

This morning’s press release from Ouya also boasts $15M in new funding led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, most of which will be used to better meet anticipated retail demands, as well as improve the Ouya game development community.

Ouya will be available for purchase in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. on June 25th. The console will sell for $99, with additional controllers selling for $49.99. Ouya consoles can be pre-ordered through Amazon and other retailers. (Note, Amazon is still posting the June 4th release date.)