In a recent update, the Ouya team has announced that on December 28th, developer kits will be en route, which means – despite the crazy unforeseen demand – the Ouya is still shipping on time.
Developer consoles are early working versions (not prototypes) of the hardware pledgers will receive. Julie Urhman mentioned in the update that there’s something special about dev consoles and that it would be immediately clear in which way upon opening. (our guess is special colors, or signatures.)
They’ll also be loaded with the Ouya Development Kit (ODK) – a software that will help developers ensure their games work correctly.