Ouya: The $99, Android-Powered TV Game Console

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http://www.wired.com/gamelife/2012/07/ouya/

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ouya/ouya-a-new-kind-of-video-game-console

jesus christ almost three million in two days huh?
yeah, i'll buy one too. I think OUYA needs its own thread

― Authorities don't know who shot the 50 Cent the goose. (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, July 11, 2012 12:10 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

So, this looks pretty fascinating, but will it succeed? Discuss/speculate!

cwkiii, Thursday, 12 July 2012 14:26 (nine years ago) link

I almost don't care whether it succeeds, I want one anyway. The appeal for me is just that it's a cheap and (theoretically) easily hackable box. If I can open it up to replace the 8Gb storage with something a bit more useful, then get MAME and maybe a few other emulators running on there, it'll already have paid for itself as far as I'm concerned.

JimD, Thursday, 12 July 2012 14:41 (nine years ago) link

or run a cable from your pc to your tv?

adam, Thursday, 12 July 2012 15:02 (nine years ago) link

the oft-rumored Valve Steam box would be my box o' plenty. Hope that happens. This thing? meh.

EZ Snappin, Thursday, 12 July 2012 15:06 (nine years ago) link

the way i've always felt about consoles is that i want the one that has games i want to play. i think an open source console is a cool idea, but i'm not sure i want it if it's just ports of kongregate games and freeware PC titles

Mordy, Thursday, 12 July 2012 15:08 (nine years ago) link

They're nearly at $4M. I don't care about gaming on TV, but only because I don't have a TV. A lot of people don't want to have an HTPC in their living room, and this looks like a good alternative if it can stream TV.

second dullest ILXor since 1929 (snoball), Thursday, 12 July 2012 15:12 (nine years ago) link

the way i've always felt about consoles is that i want the one that has games i want to play

^^^this. The only latest-gen console I have is Wii, and that WiiWare stuff is just the pits, so that's my reference point for downloadable console games. This really seems like a kit to play emulators on your tv. I'm out of the loop so I'm genuinely unaware of any other reasons an average gamer would want to hack their console.

cwkiii, Thursday, 12 July 2012 15:16 (nine years ago) link

or run a cable from your pc to your tv?

Pretty ugly solution, I don't want a mouse and keyboard in my living room for starters. This seems a much nicer way to do it.

JimD, Thursday, 12 July 2012 15:18 (nine years ago) link

Key thing is going to be what percentage of people are buying this as a cool Android box to hack, and will never visit the app store. If it's like 99.9%, then the long term life of this console is going to be limited because few big developers will port games to a console that doesn't have many active buying users, and few people will buy this console after March 2013 if there aren't that many games.

second dullest ILXor since 1929 (snoball), Thursday, 12 July 2012 15:20 (nine years ago) link

I signed up for Pocket TV, and it doesn't look like this does anything it doesn't except the controller (which, if it takes off, will be easy to find).

Desire is withered away from the sons of men! (aldo), Thursday, 12 July 2012 19:04 (nine years ago) link

i have one of these:
http://www.fingermonkeyapps.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/gp2x.jpg

it was pretty cool, but it's always frustrating how much better/more active the pirate/dev community was for psp/gameboys than it was for open source stuff.

there's a thing called pandora and other revisions of gamepark consoles already.
if you want a MAME for your TV, the wii/ps2 hacks are pretty solid.

Philip Nunez, Thursday, 12 July 2012 19:15 (nine years ago) link

The Ouya has more processing power, a quad core 1.4GHz Tegra3 with integrated GPU compared to a single core ARM Cortex A9 at up to 2GHz. But it's in a relatively big case that has to sit somewhere, while the Pocket TV just hangs off the HDMI socket. From comparing the Kickstarter pitches, it seems that the Ouya team are more prepared to let people program/hack their box, while the Pocket TV crew are selling it much more like a closed appliance for Android apps.

second dullest ILXor since 1929 (snoball), Thursday, 12 July 2012 19:27 (nine years ago) link

I don't think I would buy another console, even for only $99, but this thing does make me wish even more that Apple would release and support a nice controller for iPad games.

JCL, Thursday, 12 July 2012 19:36 (nine years ago) link

Yeah, I guess the point I was making is that if (as some people are speculating above) that the main focus will end up being emulators and phone/tablet type games then the pocket tv already covers that. I guess it'll all depend on exactly what you can hack onto an Ouya and what you'll be able to emulate in time on a standard Android.

Desire is withered away from the sons of men! (aldo), Thursday, 12 July 2012 19:36 (nine years ago) link

Put emulators on this so's I can run Earthbound, Mother 3, Toe Jam & Earl, or Metroid Fusion and there you go.

Steam Sale Jonesin' (kingfish), Thursday, 12 July 2012 20:54 (nine years ago) link

the only way this thing'll make any money is if they can find some way to persuade lots of people to hand over their cash without any hope of it ever being sold or ever establishing the market share required for decent content. never gonna happen.

oh wait.

thomasintrouble, Friday, 13 July 2012 13:46 (nine years ago) link

without any hope of it ever being sold

Many of the people involved in this are fairly big industry names who have their reputations and future employability prospects to lose if this box doesn't get to market. They have a previous round of VC funding, the dough from this Kickstarter, and probably a future round of VC funding to get some relatively straightforward hardware (and some complex marketplace/appstore/infrastructure) made. The only real way this isn't going to be shipping come March 2013 is if some patent troll pops up. Whether it has any extended life after it ships is another thing.

second dullest ILXor since 1929 (snoball), Friday, 13 July 2012 17:05 (nine years ago) link

man, quite harshing my mellow penny arcade

Mad God 40/40 (Z S), Monday, 16 July 2012 00:47 (nine years ago) link

respect for Ben Kuchera, dawg

Nhex, Monday, 16 July 2012 00:54 (nine years ago) link

http://soundcloud.com/playouya/ouya
uh.
5.2 million. almost three weeks still left. I got mine.

ooo YA

uh

your friend, (Z S), Friday, 20 July 2012 22:48 (nine years ago) link

i will be mightily impressed if this is a scam. Not so much so i won't call for heads rolling but still.

Cyathem from Reddit... “I’ve wasted $100 on stupid things. This actually looks cool.”

this is on their front page? I may have been rooked!

http://soundcloud.com/playouya/ouya
uh.
5.2 million. almost three weeks still left. I got mine.

― This clam, stranded on someone’s floor, is trying to dig itself (forksclovetofu), Friday, July 20, 2012 6:47 PM (3 days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I wouldn't say that until you like actually "got" it

funny-skrillex-bee_132455836669.gif (s1ocki), Monday, 23 July 2012 04:41 (nine years ago) link

And I don't think anyone's saying this is a scam per se, just a super dubious fantasy

funny-skrillex-bee_132455836669.gif (s1ocki), Monday, 23 July 2012 04:42 (nine years ago) link

"Droid X360" Android handheld thingy that looks like a Vita

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0BN4txob1c

Android 4.0, 1.5 GHz processor, 512 MB RAM, 8GB on-board storage, 5-inch capacitive touchscreen, HDMI port, front and rear cameras. Ships with 9 emulators to play a bunch of SNES, GBA, Genesis, N64, etc. games. May infringe on one or two trademarks :)

No pricing info yet.

maybe it's a Hartlepool scarf? (onimo), Wednesday, 25 July 2012 20:23 (nine years ago) link

When OnLive first heard about OUYA, we were excited to see console gaming becoming more available and open. Like OUYA, we came to gaming with a new vision for making top-quality gaming accessible to more people, and we continue to look for ways to expand on that vision.

OUYA is rethinking the console business, making waves by using standard technology to make gaming for your living room accessible, affordable and more innovative than ever. In OnLive's case, we pioneered a groundbreaking, cloud-based system that instantly delivers games to any device on demand.

We are pleased to announce that OnLive will be available on OUYA at launch, extending and building on our commitment to make the best games available to everyone, everywhere.

What does that mean for OUYA backers?

OnLive will deliver a full console-class experience, bringing hundreds of top-tier games from more than 80 publishers to the OUYA console for play on demand.
OUYA owners will be able to jump in and play any of these games both at home on their OUYA console, and on the go on PCs, Macs, tablets and phones, never leaving a game behind.
Instant demos will be available for nearly every game in our ever-growing library—from eagerly anticipated indie titles like Ravaged, to hot blockbusters like the upcoming Darksiders® II. Players can experience up to 30 minutes of each game for free before deciding what to buy. If they like it, they can continue playing where the demo left off.
OnLive already delivers a premium gaming experience to tablets, smartphones, PCs, Macs, connected TVs and HDTVs via the OnLive® Game System or dedicated streaming devices like the VIZIO Co-Star. We’re pleased to deliver the same OnLive experience on the OUYA console when it launches next year.

—Bruce Grove, General Manager, OnLive

I dont even know that I think this sucks per se (forksclovetofu), Friday, 27 July 2012 13:11 (nine years ago) link

if you want to play android games and don't want to buy an android phone just get a nexus 7

markers, Friday, 27 July 2012 13:13 (nine years ago) link

Could be a good move getting OnLive onboard. After all, the OnLive console is about $99 on its own, and hopefully ouya will have a bit more to offer than just the OnLive console. That said, I think you can try OnLive on PC for free, and I still never bothered, so...

CraigG, Friday, 27 July 2012 13:20 (nine years ago) link

This morning, we are honored to announce that OUYA is partnering with Square Enix to bring you one of the most beloved franchises in gaming -- Final Fantasy. We will kick this off with Final Fantasy III, which will be a launch title on OUYA. This will be the first time gamers outside of Japan can play FFIII on their televisions through a console.

But that’s not the end of it: We’re promising to deliver Final Fantasy III like you’ve never seen it before – Hironobu Sakaguchi’s third installment in the role playing game franchise will be updated to exploit OUYA’s high-definition resolution in glorious graphic detail. For those of you who are new to Final Fantasy, we’ll offer a free demo so you can give it a go!

Previously unreleased in the U.S. until it appeared as a 3D remake for the Nintendo DS in 2006, Final Fantasy III was widely referred to as one of the “missing pieces” in the FF series. OUYA players can now proudly claim this piece of the puzzle.

We’re thrilled to bring this storied franchise to OUYA.

that's kinda awesome

you're all going to hello (Z S), Tuesday, 31 July 2012 14:50 (nine years ago) link

so is it a localization of the famicom game, the DS remake, or a new version?

zappi, Tuesday, 31 July 2012 17:08 (nine years ago) link

I would guess it's probably the DS version with some tweaks to make it look better in higher resolution

aspiring barkitect (silverfish), Tuesday, 31 July 2012 17:10 (nine years ago) link

i keep thinking 'maybe i should order one of these' and then remembering i don't have a tv

thomp, Tuesday, 31 July 2012 17:13 (nine years ago) link

so they launched their website...
http://www.ouya.tv/
and it's the same video as on kickstarter, links to their social media and "buy one now" order info and credit card taking machine
they are MIGHTY stingy with new info here.

I dont even know that I think this sucks per se (forksclovetofu), Friday, 10 August 2012 21:17 (eight years ago) link

akbar.gif

Nhex, Friday, 10 August 2012 21:40 (eight years ago) link

one month passes...

well, they asked for my address
so that's something I guess?

EVERYONE COOKING SCMABLED EGGS,CHEESE WITH TOASTER!! (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 30 September 2012 05:03 (eight years ago) link

three months pass...

Ben Heck teardown...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hh3Ezg9xf0&feature=youtu.be

scattered to the nine vectors (snoball), Saturday, 5 January 2013 15:23 (eight years ago) link

er...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hh3Ezg9xf0

scattered to the nine vectors (snoball), Saturday, 5 January 2013 15:24 (eight years ago) link

did you order one? i did, back in the day. with two controllers. hope it's good!

"reading specialist" (Z S), Saturday, 5 January 2013 15:38 (eight years ago) link

I didn't order one. Because a) I'm applying my usual 'do I buy this console or not?' rule and waiting to see if it's going to have games I actually want to play (see also WiiU), b) I'm going to let other way more qualified people determine first if it's suitable for Android hacking.

scattered to the nine vectors (snoball), Saturday, 5 January 2013 15:48 (eight years ago) link

there's a neo geo portable/console hybrid out that is apparently hack-friendly for all you MAME/emulator types.

Philip Nunez, Saturday, 5 January 2013 18:06 (eight years ago) link

this?
http://www.neo-geo.com/forums/showthread.php?239578-NeoGeoX-Hacking-and-Mods
Games on an SD card, Linux on a micro SD card soldered to the circuit board.

scattered to the nine vectors (snoball), Saturday, 5 January 2013 18:16 (eight years ago) link

yeah -- the whole thing is just weird. you plug in the portable into a clamshell charger that makes it look like the original console, which you plug in to the TV. very xzibit yo dawg-esque.

Philip Nunez, Saturday, 5 January 2013 18:29 (eight years ago) link

It's like the reverse of a SNES Gameboy Player cartridge.

scattered to the nine vectors (snoball), Saturday, 5 January 2013 18:32 (eight years ago) link

man that thing looks HELLA cheap

jazbay crostata (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 6 January 2013 01:06 (eight years ago) link

Yeah, like it should come with a happy meal.

JimD, Sunday, 6 January 2013 01:47 (eight years ago) link

That frosted clear plastic makes everything look cheap.

scattered to the nine vectors (snoball), Sunday, 6 January 2013 09:01 (eight years ago) link

one month passes...

Shipping to kickstarters on March 28 (am i the only one?)

( ( ( ( ( ( ( (Z S), Thursday, 28 February 2013 17:14 (eight years ago) link

I think so?

EZ Snappin, Saturday, 8 June 2013 19:50 (eight years ago) link

i don't think i really understand how the controllers are supposed to sync up with the ouya. it instructs that you should hold in the ouya button in the center until the 4 lights switch to 2, and then let go. i hold in the button, a few seconds the 4 lights switch to 2, and then i let go. then, if i'm lucky, a minute goes by and it finally recognizes the controller. if i'm unlucky, like right now, 5 minutes go by with the two lights flashing, and the controller is totally unresponsive otherwise.

oh wait, finally, as i was typing that, it finally synced up. it had been about 6-7 minutes.

Z S, Friday, 14 June 2013 21:27 (eight years ago) link

you don't sound like a happy beta tester.

EZ Snappin, Friday, 14 June 2013 21:45 (eight years ago) link

killer app: make a badly animated frog jump around Swindon.

http://www.fayju.com/blog/projects/amazing-frog/

JimD, Wednesday, 26 June 2013 14:45 (eight years ago) link

(btw I've only used this so far for emulation, N64 and snes stuff is working really well, haven't yet managed to find time to do the extra bit of fiddling that MAME will require, but yeah, this box is basically doing what I wanted it to do so that's fine).

JimD, Wednesday, 26 June 2013 14:46 (eight years ago) link

which n64 emulator are you using? whichever one i used had catastrophic problems with more than half of the roms i tried.

Z S, Wednesday, 26 June 2013 15:10 (eight years ago) link

Just the one in their store. I've only tried 5 or 6 roms to be fair, and there are a few which didn't work when I tried to run them at full resolution but worked fine when I dropped them to something closer to the original screen size (which is I guess 640x480? Maybe even lower actually). So that might help.

JimD, Wednesday, 26 June 2013 16:38 (eight years ago) link

five months pass...

http://i.imgur.com/WBVmBuk.jpg

;_;

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 4 December 2013 04:50 (seven years ago) link

have to admit i'm tempted by that $39.99 sega, though. never had a genesis growing up!

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 4 December 2013 04:51 (seven years ago) link

The Ouyas on that shelf are still priced at $99.99, which is what they sell for on the Ouya website.

fashionably early Christmas themed display name (snoball), Wednesday, 4 December 2013 08:13 (seven years ago) link

What's really ;_; is Stuart Ashen finding a Kickstarter developer version in a second hand shop before the official release.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vf_jmGaanuY

fashionably early Christmas themed display name (snoball), Wednesday, 4 December 2013 08:19 (seven years ago) link

that $40 genesis is made by some non-sega company in china, i guess? amazon reviews are hit and miss. one says the emulation is funky (distorted audio, slower performance). and 40 of the built in games are weird homegrown shit, which sounds like a draw, imo.

☞ (brimstead), Wednesday, 4 December 2013 19:11 (seven years ago) link

two months pass...

I bought one of these for $80 just for playing emulators. Just got it up last night and both GoldenEye and Mario Kart 64 worked great. The Ouya games seem pretty lame though.

sofatruck, Wednesday, 19 February 2014 20:29 (seven years ago) link

two weeks pass...

the bitcoin of game consoles

gimme the lute (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 7 March 2014 02:12 (seven years ago) link

i used it for 2 days. it's been sitting behind my tv ever since.

yes, i'm an idiot

Karl Malone, Friday, 7 March 2014 02:13 (seven years ago) link

ditto, on all points

PSY talks The Nut Job (forksclovetofu), Friday, 7 March 2014 03:04 (seven years ago) link

Thritto.

JimD, Friday, 7 March 2014 07:55 (seven years ago) link

And their latest move is really laughable. I'm sure their original pitch was something like "android games are great but so much better on a big screen", so it takes some brass neck to then try to sell the "imagine how great it'd be to take these big screen ouya games and put them back on mobile devices!" argument.

JimD, Friday, 7 March 2014 07:58 (seven years ago) link

whats their latest move

socki (s1ocki), Friday, 7 March 2014 13:59 (seven years ago) link

im actually just amazed that any of you guys even got one

socki (s1ocki), Friday, 7 March 2014 14:00 (seven years ago) link

like, received one

socki (s1ocki), Friday, 7 March 2014 14:00 (seven years ago) link

Ouya Everywhere

JimD, Friday, 7 March 2014 14:19 (seven years ago) link

http://www.joystiq.com/2014/03/03/report-ouya-everywhere-puts-games-on-tv-pc-without-the-ouya/
This is so stupid, it's basically admitting that the whole idea of the Ouya was a waste of time, because all anybody had to do was hang around for slightly less than two years for Android tablets and TV dongles to get powerful enough.

an office job is as secure as a Weetabix padlock (snoball), Friday, 7 March 2014 14:24 (seven years ago) link

Or, you know, play games on your PC, because it's not like you can do that at the moment oh wait you can! Which kills off the one remaining advantage that the Ouya had, that it was powered from the mains and could run it's processor at full speed without having to balance that against battery life.

an office job is as secure as a Weetabix padlock (snoball), Friday, 7 March 2014 14:26 (seven years ago) link

I wonder who feels that they got burnt more: people who bought a Wii U or people who bought an Ouya?

an office job is as secure as a Weetabix padlock (snoball), Friday, 7 March 2014 14:31 (seven years ago) link

Gotta be Ouya, Wii U's performance was fairly predictable

Nhex, Friday, 7 March 2014 14:32 (seven years ago) link

Got both, feel ok.

JimD, Friday, 7 March 2014 14:47 (seven years ago) link

at least the bath people took on the ouya was a cheaper bath.

Jeff Malone, no relation (Will M.), Friday, 7 March 2014 17:59 (seven years ago) link

And the Wii U does have some good stuff; it's just looking like GameCube Redux.

Nhex, Friday, 7 March 2014 18:46 (seven years ago) link

one month passes...

i just got an email from ouya with the subject line "Fart where no frog has farted before"

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 9 April 2014 15:14 (seven years ago) link

this company's gonna go out of business or something

markers, Wednesday, 9 April 2014 15:22 (seven years ago) link

i'm sure the mass market will pick this over a fire tv or android tv

markers, Wednesday, 9 April 2014 15:23 (seven years ago) link

they're just gonna sell apps

I made a grave mistake with my balloon at the end (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 9 April 2014 15:26 (seven years ago) link

if only someone would have warned me that buying an Ouya might be a bad idea

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 9 April 2014 15:28 (seven years ago) link

speak for yourself, i bought mine with bitcoin

I made a grave mistake with my balloon at the end (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 9 April 2014 15:29 (seven years ago) link

i was a little shocked at the enthusiasm for ouya given the graveyard of linux-based game systems already out there plus the well-established and polished hacks for existing systems if your main interest was emulation.

Philip Nunez, Wednesday, 9 April 2014 18:36 (seven years ago) link

maybe ouya was just a way to vote against the big 3? like it's main feature was being a political lever -- in which case I'd say it was a success.

Philip Nunez, Wednesday, 9 April 2014 18:38 (seven years ago) link

pyrrhic, but yeah

I made a grave mistake with my balloon at the end (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 9 April 2014 18:47 (seven years ago) link

feel like the steambox is gonna be what ends up getting that Fuck Everyone dollar

difficult listening hour, Wednesday, 9 April 2014 19:03 (seven years ago) link

hahaha

markers, Wednesday, 9 April 2014 19:05 (seven years ago) link

i would get that over this

markers, Wednesday, 9 April 2014 19:05 (seven years ago) link

one month passes...

lol

Nhex, Saturday, 24 May 2014 18:09 (seven years ago) link

seven years pass...

Amico Intellivision - this holiday season's Ouya (if it actually gets released on time).

Being cheap is expensive (snoball), Friday, 2 July 2021 17:58 (one month ago) link

who's in?!

Z_TBD (Karl Malone), Friday, 2 July 2021 18:31 (one month ago) link

afaict the guys behind it are all hardcore conservative christian boomers who wanted to make a console for conservative christian parents without all that sex and violence and microtransactions that would fill little johnnies head with sin. no surprise that creepos like Doug TenNapel are working on games for it.

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Friday, 2 July 2021 18:47 (one month ago) link


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