UK games industry guru Andy Payne reveals the big tech and gadget hits and misses of the week
1. Are Apple and OUYA the future of gaming?
OUYA's new crowdfunded game console is said to be around the size of a Rubik's Cube, with the developers Fuseproject having already raised $5.4 million from over 42,000 keen investors to get the $99 game console off the ground. "It will easily fit anywhere in a room, or be easy to throw in a backpack," hardware designer Yves Béhar told Kotaku.
"Well Apple exists and OUYA (pronounced Oh Yea I believe) doesn't yet but that doesn't mean it won't,"says Games industry veteran Andy Payne, OBE, chair of Mastertronic and CEO of AppyNation.
"Apple has allegedly stumbled into games, and has actually bumped into the existing hardware manufacturers. Their digital model supports low pricing, and they make their money in hardware. Is that a sign?"
Meanwhile, Apple has just overtaken HP as the world's leading PC manufacturer, with a new DualShock-style Apple gaming controller patent causing a stir in the games industry this week.