Despite its highly successful and highly publicized Kickstarter campaign, OUYA hasn’t really caught on as a serious gaming platform. As other TV-friendly Android-based gaming platforms like Fire TV and Android TV start to take shape, the crowdfunded console needs a competitive edge to make its brand more appealing. Aware of this, OUYA is testing a new all you can eat subscription model with a $60 per year cover charge.
Not an instant all-access pass to every game OUYA has to offer, instead all titles are reduced to $0.00, making them “free” to play for paid subscription holders after recording a ceremonial purchase. There’s also a couple of catches. All games purchased through the service have to be under $30 and in-game add-ons like maps, new characters and other unlockables are exempt from this program.
The last unknown factor surrounding OUYA’s new subscription model is if customers will be able to retain the games they acquired during their membership without having to sign up for another 12 months of service. All caveats aside, this new offering might be OUYA’s shot a the big time, but even at the low price of $5 a month, we’re still wondering if the struggling platform has enough quality games to warrant a membership.