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Ouya console 'is the size of a Rubik's Cube'

Hackable Android games console won't measure more than a few inches wide, system designer says

Ouya, the Android-based games console that sparked an investment craze on Kickstarter, is believed will be as small as a Rubik's Cube when the product is finalised.

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Yves Béhar, a lead hardware designer on the Ouya project, said his team has "made a deliberate attempt" to avoid building a console that resembles more classic systems such as the Xbox 360 and PS3.

"Our console is quite small, around the size of a Rubik's cube, and so it will easily fit anywhere in a room, or be easy to throw in a backpack," he said in a live Q&A published on Kotaku.

The system, built by Fuseproject, is expected to pack a Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core ARM processor, as well as 1GB of memory, 8 GB of flash storage and two USB ports.

Béhar said the design of the microsize console will be crucial for its hardware arrangement as well as aesthetics.

"We intend to give the Tegra chipset room to breathe, as obviously it does get warm. Airflow is important here," he said.

Traditionally a Rubik's cube measures 2.2 inches in length, width and depth.

The system's controller is expected to be of similar size to classic controllers such as Xbox 360 and PS3.

At the time of going to press, Ouya Kickstarter crowdfunding project has raised $5.4 million. Fuseproject has pledged to sell the system at $99, and claims the console will be easily hackable.

More than 42,000 people have backed the project with their own cash.

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