OUYA, the $99 Android-powered gaming console that raised over $8 million dollars on Kickstarter, today announced an official shipping date for its backers. The company previously released a preview unit to developers but today confirmed that shipments to Kickstarter backers would begin on March 28. That’s a few months before its official retail launch scheduled for June (via TechCrunch).

The update posted on the company’s Kickstarter page said shipments would take up to a few weeks to land on the doorsteps of backers. It also noted that it plans to add new features and more games as it ramps up products and prepares for the retail launch:

Meanwhile, tens of thousands of you will receive your OUYA, and you’ll get to start playing right away. You will also get to watch OUYA evolve over the coming weeks and months. We’ll continue to add new features, refine our user experience, and bring on more games. As always, we appreciate your feedback (and apply it), so keep it coming.

Among the new games headed to the platform is a new exclusive title developed by Portal developer Kim Swift, a puzzle game from Minority Media, The Ball from Tripwire Interactive, and action-RPG ChronoBlade.

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