Seems Games Consoles Have Nothing To Worry About #Ouya

April 6, 2013

Everyone was raving about how awesome the Ouya would be the killer to Games Consoles and how awesome it will be because of the fact that it can be hacked, its start on Kickstarter was phenomenal and it raised a whopping $3.7 million in its first two days of announcement, even though I had niggling feelings towards the device, I donated my $25 anyway, all the other cool people were doing it, so should I, a fail in my part, but none the less I still donated.

As I donated, I feel I am entitled to voice my opinion on the device and some of the concerns I have or had before I even donated.

  • Its an Android Tablet in a box, with no screen, of course the damn thing can be hacked, most Android devices have been rooted, or get rooted in a matter of hours or days after release, so even if the Ouya was locked down, it would have been hacked anyway, so this whole “Its awesome because its a games console that can be hacked”, is fail, on top of that all android devices are capable of installing pirated apps without being hacked, so it being a games console that can be hacked means nothing.
  • Its not a games console, it is an Android Phone or Tablet, with no screen, or an Android media box that comes packaged with a control pad, to call it a games console is some what delusional.
  • As I pointed above, any pirated apps can be installed to none rooted/hacked Android devices, so that also means that any legit app can also be installed without it being rooted, so isn’t really an incentive for the bedroom dev as they can release their app or game on any Android device, they don’t need a “hacked” Ouya to release their products on.
  • The games on the Ouya are not spectacular, nothing to write home about, they are fun for a small while, then boredom sets in, you have other games that are only suited for touch screen devices, Angry Birds for example, sucks on anything that isn’t touch screen, you can play it with a mouse on a PC, but using a control pad is a pain in the ass and I have experience first hand, when i purchased Angry Birds for the PS3.
  • The Ouya team stupidly decided not to go with Google Play as a way of downloading games/apps, they are using their own cut down, hacked up store, also the games library is quite small.
  • You can buy real games consoles that are more fun and have a far bigger library, they have also been hacked :p, PS2, PSP, PS3, Xbox, Xbox 360, Gamecube, Wii, Nintendo DS, etc, etc, etc, they all cost around the same or less than an Ouya and have better games.

Now all my worries and points out of the way, lets get onto reports/reviews from people that would be considered professional, at least compared to me and these people have had the device in person to try and test and some of their statements are a tad worrying for anyone interested in investing in Ouya.


  • Lag was a bit of a problem with the controller, not enough to be noticeable in casual games but those requiring more precise timing it can be a bit of a problem.
  • One of our consoles also had a very sticky right analog stick, which, when pushed all the way up, would stay there for a few seconds before popping back to neutral.
  • Overall, the controller is usable, but it’s far from great. Sticky buttons and gummy analog sticks are the sorts of things you wouldn’t even tolerate on a cheap, third-party controller and so it’s disappointing to find them here on the official unit.
  • Things can extend quite a ways off once you’ve installed lots of games, and as of now, there’s no way to either move these entries or sort them. Your oldest games will be on the left, newest on the right — an arrangement, we think, that will prove backwards in the grand scheme of things.
  • Part of the OUYA hallmark is that every game can be downloaded for free, which is nice, but sadly there’s zero indication of how much a given game actually costs.
  • If you were looking for original, exclusive, high-quality titles, you won’t find many.
  • There are quite a few titles here worth playing, but virtually all of them have been seen elsewhere in one form or another, which makes the initial offering a bit hard to get excited about. Additionally, the vast majority are what we’d broadly call “mobile” games: simple experiences and simple graphics that are fine for casual play, but lack the kind of immersion you might want when you get settled in at home on your couch.

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  • Every advanced settings menu is ripped clean from stock Android, and almost every pop-up menu or dialog box is pure Google as well. For one thing, it looks hideous, because, well, stock Android isn’t designed to be on a TV.
  • It’s also just jarring, constantly giving you the idea that you’ve broken something or gone somewhere you’re not allowed. I’m all for the idea of reskinning Android, and I even like the way Ouya’s thinking about doing it for your television, but the company really needs to actually finish the job.
  • it’s a nice-looking menu, but leaves a lot of unused space on your TV and requires a lot of sidescrolling if you have more than a dozen or so games.
  • There’s no way to sort the menu: it’s just oldest to newest from left to right. That means, of course, that you have to scroll through all your old games to get to your newest one, which makes exactly zero sense.
  • Ouya’s best “exclusive” at the moment is Final Fantasy III, a game that came out in 1990 and is also available on a variety of other platforms.
  • Shadowgun, Grand Theft Auto, Asphalt 7, and a surprisingly large number of other high-quality games are available in the Play Store. But Ouya’s going its own way with the Ouya Store, and it pales tremendously in comparison.
  • I managed to get Netflix, Plex, Shadowgun, Mario Kart 64, and Angry Birds Space all running on the Ouya, and even though the interfaces looked like they were meant for 4-inch screens rather than 60, at least they worked.
  • Just because you technically can sideload apps onto the Ouya doesn’t mean it’s an open platform. The company opened a door, then hid that door on the other side of the world and burned the maps. Particularly enterprising developers may not have a problem with this process, but many of the 60,000 people who already bought an Ouya certainly will. They’ll just want to turn it on and play some games. Boy, will they be let down.

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Some of these things will improve before the finale release of the hardware, but it will never change the fact that the Ouya is a fancy Android box with an Xbox 360 looking control pad, what are your opinions ?

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