This news came in late Friday, so we didn't quite get to it. It may have been percolating over the weekend, but just in case you didn't see it, we have word that the first Jelly-Bean powered OUYA development console will be shipping out on December 28th. As you can see by the pics we included, the OUYA prototype has also been outed. The first run development consoles will ship out to folks who pledged $699 or more. Here's a quote with some additional detail,

With the console, developers will be able to access the OUYA’s optimized Android Jelly Bean build designed specifically for big screen gaming. Although, the ODK (OUYA Development Kit) is still in development, likely for the foreseeable future, though will be accessible to everyone via a web portal.

Here's the email that OUYA sent out,

By December 25, we’ll email each of you a link to activate your account. For those of you who responded to our survey about preferred usernames, you’ll be able to confirm your choice. For the handful of popular names that had conflicts, we broke the tie(s) by honoring whomever backed OUYA first on Kickstarter. And, if any of you didn’t respond—or didn’t get your preferred username—you can choose a name when December 25 rolls around.
Here's a recap of specs for the device:
  • Tegra3 quad-core processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB of internal flash storage
  • HDMI connection to the TV, with support for up to 1080p HD
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth LE 4.0
  • USB 2.0 (one)
  • Wireless controller with standard controls (two analog sticks, d-pad, eight action buttons, a system button), a touchpad
  • Android Jelly Bean
  • Ethernet

Who else is excited about what this Android gaming console? Sound off if you are one of the devs who signed up for this program.

Source: Gamefans