[Engadget] OUYA delaying retail launch to June 25th, altering controller to fix button sticking issue~Reviews~Evaluation

Engadget post time: May 09, 2013 at 06:00PM

The OUYA game console is shifting its launch from June 4th to June 25th, the company revealed in a press release this morning. Speaking with our friends at Joystiq, CEO Julie Uhrman explained the decision to push the console’s retail launch back as a measure of keeping up with retail demand. “We’ve had incredibly positive reactions from our retail partners,” Uhrman said. The date shift, “will allow us to create more units and, basically, have more units on store shelves.”

The company also revealed that it’s altering the existing controller’s button holes to ensure that retail buyers don’t run into the same sticking issue that Kickstarter backers have been dealing with. And despite those two pieces of news sounding an awful lot like they’re connected (the delay and the controller alteration), Uhrman claims they’re not. “We made that change very early so all the units are being produced with those larger button holes,” she said. At this point, it’s not clear if OUYA will hook up early backers with a new controller upon request (or perhaps just new faceplates), but we’ve asked for more information.

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