The reason I ask is that I have been following OUYA on KickStarter and was wondering if this would be a good machine to run MAME/MESS on?
Dude, don't bother wasting your money on that over-hyped piece of junk. All it is is a frickin' phone in a box, and it's unlikely it's ever even going to come out. The Kickstarter page is just filled with marketing bullshit and absolutely nothing of any substance whatsoever.
Their promo video shows a guy with a PS3 controller playing some UI mockup offscreen at best, they've said that they have one
prototype right now, and yet somehow they're going to go into full production by March? Pull the other one!
Then you have the fact that the skeevy marketdroids who are pitching the thing are telling outright lies to get people interested in it. "There will be AAA titles!" Sure, I'll bet publishers will just be falling all over themselves to port their games to a console that at best will have a userbase of at best
100k users (based on current preorder sales). Sure, it's Android, but it's not like they're not going to have to do additional work to make it compatible with the OUYA's controller and marketplace, so why on earth
would any developer go through the trouble just so that they can move maybe
100k units, on a console that will be rife with piracy (it's "hacker friendly!") and that will just be another thin shard of the utterly fragmented install base of hardware that runs Android? "There will be Minecraft!" Oh, wait, that's actually a blatant lie, Notch specifically said that they might
port Minecraft if it does well, and he's even expressed several serious concerns about the OUYA on his blog.
Hell, I can't even take the people making the OUYA seriously anymore since they posted a survey asking people what games they want to see on the OUYA, which included titles like "Grand Theft Auto IV", "Skyrim", "Mass Effect", "Torchlight", and "Assassin's Creed", stuff that can't ever hope to run on the OUYA - but the marketing drones know full well that a lot of people don't actually realize this, so they're just using the titles to drum up even more hype through lies. We have a word for that in America, it's called bullshit
Let me do you a favour, mate, go over to DealExtreme or any of the other countless sites that exist for cheap Chinese knockoff stuff and pick yourself up one of the many Android-running things that can plug into your TV and already exist
. Don't bother pissing away your hard-earned money on such a marketing gimmick. It's painfully obvious that they don't actually respect gamers, if they did then the Kickstarter page wouldn't read like something produced by 10 marketing dudes engaged in a massive circle-blow.