In an editorial on GamesBeat, Xbox visionary and original team member at Microsoft Ed Fries defended the Ouya against criticism about its success. Fries, who is advising the company on its recently released Android-based console, said that the system cannot be judged by old industry metrics on success because he's unsure what success looks like in today's shifting market.
"Among the criticisms is that 'only' one out of three Ouya owners have purchased at least one game," Fries noted. "While the folks at Ouya are incredibly proud of this early outcome, some have chosen to interpret this as a glass that's two-thirds empty."
Fries thinks that it is impossible to tell if that characterization is appropriate at this point in time because a shift towards open distribution models is changing the entire industry in unpredictable ways.
"Just as there was no way to compare Minecraft with World of Warcraft three years ago, today it is nearly impossible to compare Ouya with the next-generation consoles set to debut this year," Fries said. "This is because the game has changed dramatically for the interactive entertainment industry - and so have the rules."
Fries stressed that the Ouya is an open console that can evolve if it has to in the long term, just as the original Xbox did with online and offline play. He also suggested that the Ouya is arriving at a time when gaming is evolving to more open platforms with fewer gatekeepers and an expectation of free-to-try games.
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