Score one for the consumer. Ouya‘s come out and said that all games that are compatible with the system will be forced to have free-to-play periods, which are basically demos, so you can try before you buy. No more coughing up good money only to find you’ve just bought absolute rubbish.
Julie Uhrman, Ouya’s CEO, said to GameIndustry International:
“It removes the confusion between a paid app store and a free app store. We also think it cuts down on the copycat games, where you have games that look like each other and one is paid but the other is free and you don’t know what to do.”
Apparently Ouya’s going to police its app store a little too, monitoring for copycat games, malware, and pornography, but everything else is go. This is a serious win for the consumer, and hopefully it’ll get rid of the damn ‘freemium’ trend we’re seeing at the moment, where to play the game properly you have to keep shelling out dosh on crappy in-app purchases. Just let me buy the thing outright for goodness sake. [GII via CVG]