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Ouya Android Game Console Launches, Quickly Sells Out

Soulskill posted about a year ago | from the consoles-that-double-as-tennis-balls dept.

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Ouya, the Android-based game console that arose out of a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign, officially launched today. The $99 device quickly sold out at a number of retailers, including Amazon and GameStop. "According to Ouya, the console currently has more than 170 downloadable games, as well as a built-in software development kit that enables people to create and test titles right from the hardware." Many reviews of the console suggest the controllers are not very good, and there are reports that the Wi-Fi connectivity can be flaky. There's also a lot of commentary about Ouya that clearly came from unrealistic expectations of what a $99 device can provide. Most of the backers from the Kickstarter campaign have received their consoles, but some are still waiting as Ouya tries to sort out shipping problems with DHL.

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Xbox One (0, Troll)

futuramasd (2958127) | about a year ago | (#44104813)

Why get this when you can soon get Xbox One? An honest question.

Re:Xbox One (4, Funny)

SuperKendall (25149) | about a year ago | (#44104843)

Why get this when you can soon get Xbox One?

Well, it really depends on how much of an exhibitionist you are.

Re:Xbox One (2)

recoiledsnake (879048) | about a year ago | (#44105821)

Serious question, how is the Xbox One Kinect any worse than any smartphone, tablet, or laptop that has a webcam and/or a mic that people take around with them everywhere, even to bedrooms and bathrooms?

Re:Xbox One (1)

andrepd (2932623) | about a year ago | (#44105977)

I dunno. The knee jerk reaction to optional, but enabled by default Kinect seems to be a little over the top, even for /. MS hate standards.

Re:Xbox One (2)

SuperKendall (25149) | about a year ago | (#44106177)

I don't hate MS at all. But the truth is that the Kinect default is not a good one. It makes way more sense to make it optional the other way.

Another litmus test (2)

SuperKendall (25149) | about a year ago | (#44106003)

how is the Xbox One Kinect any worse than any smartphone, tablet, or laptop that has a webcam and/or a mic that people take around with them everywhere, even to bedrooms and bathrooms?

When you take a phone or tablet into the bathroom, do you have the cameras pointing at your face/floor - or ceiling / groin?

Also, do you turn on your camera while in the bathroom? What tablet or smartphone BY DESIGN always is listening through the mic and monitoring the camera?

Re:Another litmus test (3, Funny)

gander666 (723553) | about a year ago | (#44106105)

Also, do you turn on your camera while in the bathroom? What tablet or smartphone BY DESIGN always is listening through the mic and monitoring the camera?

Um, the one that is controlled by the NSA?

Re:Another litmus test (1)

mystikkman (1487801) | about a year ago | (#44106109)

Also, do you turn on your camera while in the bathroom?

How do you know the camera is really on or off?

Or some malware background service or Apple/Google turned it on to record you?

Re:Another litmus test (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44106245)

Siri might be listening to you in the bedroom for all you know. it's all software.

Re:Xbox One (5, Informative)

singhulariti (1963000) | about a year ago | (#44104851)

This thing costs $400 less than the XBox?

Re:Xbox One (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44104971)

And plays games worse than current cell-phones. The novelty will wear off very fast once people see how shitty it is at its main functionality. You can pick up pre-owned 360s and PS3s for around a ton, which absolutely shit all over the Ouya.

That said, as a media center, it could be awesome if it has h.264 decoding in hardware. XMBC on a cheapy box that can run many applications from the Android marketplace, being silent, will probably sell more units than terrible gaming. Netgear, D-link Boxee and Roku won't be happy!

Re:Xbox One (5, Insightful)

lord_mike (567148) | about a year ago | (#44105203)

But can you run any game you want, any emulator you want, or write any game you want on an old XBox? Not really. Yes, it's a niche, but and important one that is not being served by the current console makers. That's why Ouya's been so popular so far. It fills a need that the console makers refuse to satisfy.

Re:Xbox One (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44105351)

Brilliant point about emulation (if it works properly)! Although an original xbox could do that with a trivial mod, which would cost $50. It cost me almost the price of the Ouya (and a lot of time/frustration soldering tiny points) to modify my 2600 for s-video/composite/stereo for comparison. /me off to check emu support...

Re:Xbox One (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44106219)

It won't have a proper output (240p I think they call it) so you can use it on an RGB monitor with scanlines working properly etc

Re:Xbox One (2)

ninlilizi (2759613) | about a year ago | (#44105355)

Pretty much this.
There are a lot of people after a good emulator experience.
Not to mention all the fun, novel indie gems that will be excluded from xbox by ms publishing stratergy.

People who want to play Clone of Duty 46 will get an xbox.... People looking for fun, novel experiences that dont cost the earth will get an Ouya.
The real thing that will determine the ultimate fate of the Ouya are not technical specs, or even the dross of noobie coders cracking their teeth. It will most likely come down to the management of its online store. And ability to easily distinguish said indie wonders from the fart app wannabies.

Re:Xbox One (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44105465)

And that's exactly why this thing will fail. Nobody seems to want "Ouya games", they just want to hack the thing into a media box or play MAME games.

Re:Xbox One (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44105789)

And what is wrong with that? A cheap, flexible, small media box for $99 sounds ok to me.

Re:Xbox One (2)

un1nsp1red (2503532) | about a year ago | (#44105881)

Plenty of deals can be struck should everyone decide to use it as a media box. In fact, it's probably more profitable that way than as an Android gaming device. Roku has been successful, and *all* their device does is stream media (ok, they did try to tack on gaming with the Angry Birds edition in the second generation, but I'd be stunned if anyone uses it for games).

Re:Xbox One (1)

Iniamyen (2440798) | about a year ago | (#44105243)

raspberrypi.org [raspberrypi.org]

Re:Xbox One (1)

dugancent (2616577) | about a year ago | (#44106257)

That raspberry pi can't play n64 games of snes games that use the superfx chip. I ordered a Ouya, simply for emulation.

Re:Xbox One (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44105369)

it uses a tegra3, so it should support h.264 high profile

Re:Xbox One (5, Informative)

Enderandrew (866215) | about a year ago | (#44105379)

1. Your cell phone doesn't have a 360-like controller.
2. Your cell phone likely won't play games on your TV.
3. Every game on the OUYA can be tried for free. You don't have to put a credit card in to start downloading apps from the store.
4. Your cell phone can't be a dedicated media center.
5. Mother-fucking-Towerfall http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Es-okjDMAbI [youtube.com]

Consider that many people consider $99 media center appliances to be a good bargain. Now consider a device at the same price that includes a gaming controller and plays games. That somehow makes it less viable?

Re:Xbox One (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44105741)

1) Can accept bluetooth gamepads, and possible USB based ones too.
2) HDMI/MHL/Wi Di/similar adapter will take care of that.
3) I can try a vast number of games free.
4) It doesn't have to be.

Re:Xbox One (0)

mystikkman (1487801) | about a year ago | (#44106065)

Every game on the OUYA can be tried for free

They're free to play, which is mostly popular on iOS and Android as the following type:

The games where they grow and feed their pet for a month and suddenly if you don't buy the Bird Feed Gold in-game purchase for $20, the pet starts dying of starvation before their very eyes?

No, thanks, but no thanks.

Re:Xbox One (5, Funny)

Antipater (2053064) | about a year ago | (#44104931)

Why get a Honda Fit when you could get a Pontiac Aztek?

Re:Xbox One (1)

yurtinus (1590157) | about a year ago | (#44105801)

I have no mod points, but well done sir.

Re:Xbox One (1)

cangrejoinmortal (1315615) | about a year ago | (#44106217)

Flawless analogy.

Re:Xbox One (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44104935)

Are you a joke account, or a paid shill? An honest question.

Re:Xbox One (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44105773)

Paid shill, was first to comment in defense of MS in just another article.

Re:Xbox One (1)

Wookact (2804191) | about a year ago | (#44105807)

If you look at his previously posted comments you will also notice he has signed it with two different names. In one he claims to be a "Security consultant"

Re:Xbox One (1)

TWiTfan (2887093) | about a year ago | (#44105075)

Because it's 1/5th the price and focused on being a *game* console instead of a media player/cable-box overlay/skype device/etc.?

Re:Xbox One (0)

kamapuaa (555446) | about a year ago | (#44105181)

Is it? There's an awful lot of talk about xbmc, there's an upcoming netflix app, there's a built in web browser...

PS4 Won (1)

TheAmazingChestaro (2942643) | about a year ago | (#44105095)

Why get this when you can soon get Xbox One? An honest question.

Why get an Xbox One when you can soon get a PS4? An rhetorical question.

Re:Xbox One (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44105207)

Why get this when many current phones are more powerful, can be hooked up via HDMI, can have a bluetooth controller paired to it and is something that you'll already own?

Re:Xbox One (1)

MBGMorden (803437) | about a year ago | (#44105213)

Why get this when you can soon get Xbox One? An honest question.

Why does anyone buy a Hyundai when they can just buy a Lexus? An honest question.

Re:Xbox One (1, Insightful)

Megane (129182) | about a year ago | (#44105947)

At least a Lexus won't spy on you or decide to stop working if you don't let it phone home once a day.

Re:Xbox One (1)

spire3661 (1038968) | about a year ago | (#44105349)

Why buy a corolla when you can buy a corvette?

Re:Xbox One (0)

Capt.DrumkenBum (1173011) | about a year ago | (#44105775)

Why buy a corolla when you can buy a corvette?

Bad example.
Both are driven by old people how know nothing about cars or motoring.
If I see either one, I know there is likely a BAD driver behind the wheel.
Both suck, hard.
See no difference. :)

Re:Xbox One (2)

Hatta (162192) | about a year ago | (#44106045)

Why buy a corvette when you can buy a corolla? Corolla gets better milage, has 4 doors, greater interior volume, the highest safety ratings, and won't attract the attention of the cops.

Re:Xbox One (1)

Megane (129182) | about a year ago | (#44105929)

Why get this when you can get ebola? An honest question.

Re:Xbox One (0)

cangrejoinmortal (1315615) | about a year ago | (#44106199)

$300 less on something that has no practical use.

Actual Games or Just Shortcuts? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44104849)

Are these actual games or just shortcuts to websites (like the ones that fill the Chrome App Store)?

How many were released? (3, Insightful)

BasilBrush (643681) | about a year ago | (#44104875)

The information "sold out" means nothing unless we know how many they released.

Re:How many were released? (2)

danomac (1032160) | about a year ago | (#44105017)

Well, I preordered mine June 14, and I still got one. I got notification yesterday that it was shipped out. Maybe there was a surge of last minute orders? Also, I ordered it from Amazon.ca - maybe not many Canadians are ordering it. The original proposed delivery date was July 5th for me, so I was a little surprised I was going to see it today or tomorrow...

I can't wait until I get it. Price was right, some of the games right now look to be interesting, and others are still in development.

Re:How many were released? (1)

danomac (1032160) | about a year ago | (#44105133)

I just went and looked, amazon.ca still lists it as in stock.

Re:How many were released? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44105723)

Lucky you.

I paid my kickstarter dues and have yet to receive one, let alone a shipping notice. All polite and patient inquiries have been responded with silence. I guess it's time to send a futile email requesting a refund and follow up with other means to recover the money. In that grand scheme of things it's a small amount of money but a point must be made.

Having been a software engineer over the past 5 generations of gaming consoles, the Ouya isn't the greatest device made but the device appears interesting enough to tinker with. Ouya has a lot to learn about product development, marketing, and most important customer service.

Re:How many were released? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44105915)

Dude, you should totally sue them!

Re:How many were released? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44105233)

The information "sold out" means nothing unless we know how many they released.

12 (twelve)

Clear from the start (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44104913)

Sorry, but you really didn't know much about hardware if it wasn't clear from the start that this thing would not be to play crysis on, but rather be a glorified smartphone console.
Thats not to say it can't have a good number of fun games, but people were expecting COD and the like to be playable on this and thats just stupid.
Their campaign on kickstarter was also pretty deceiving in my opinion and I don't really respect the makers of the ouya for what they did there.

Expectations lowered by all the crap out there (3, Insightful)

Gothmolly (148874) | about a year ago | (#44104925)

Are people so trained on sub-par, cheap Asian electronics that there's an expectation of suckage on a device that "only" costs $99 ? Is $99 the new throwaway price, where you use something, expect it to fail, then go buy another one? It's the Walmart generation I guess.

Re:Expectations lowered by all the crap out there (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44105083)

Heh. I used to have this daily ritual that started when I bought a complete piece-of-shit rice cooker from Walmart. I'd walk to Walmart, rice cooker in hand, to get a replacement unit. Walk home, plug it in, and poof! Rice cooker go boom. I think this kept up for just over a week before they finally got sick of me (and lord knows who else) and pulled all the things off the shelves.

The replacement (an Oster or some such) never failed me.

Re:Expectations lowered by all the crap out there (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44105215)

You value your time too low.

Re:Expectations lowered by all the crap out there (1)

Richy_T (111409) | about a year ago | (#44105609)

I think you probably had the Black & Decker (same deal here).

Re:Expectations lowered by all the crap out there (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44106011)

You should have bought a Tatung brand rice cooker if you want to get all chinky. Ching-chong! Ching-chong! Me so SOLLY!

Yoo rikey sum FLIED LICE?

Re:Expectations lowered by all the crap out there (2)

kamapuaa (555446) | about a year ago | (#44105141)

It's not so much that it's $99, it's that it's being compared on an equal basis to products that are $200-$500.

Re:Expectations lowered by all the crap out there (2)

Holladon (1620389) | about a year ago | (#44105857)

I don't think it's being compared on an equal basis, but probably on a fairly weighted basis. You can get an Xbox 360 with 4GB of storage for $199 (the Ouya has 8GB of storage, so the 250GB Xbox is a further-out comparison), and that machine can play absolutely any modern game disc with all the eye-popping graphics and bells and whistles that come with them, as well as any modern DVD, if you still watch movies using physical media (in addition to Xbox Live, if things like multiplayer functionality and Netflix/Hulu/HBO/ESPN tie-ins are important to you and you're willing to pay the extra fee -- even though it involves an annual fee, it's functionality and access to a broader spectrum of things and people that the Ouya doesn't have). Or you can save 100 bucks and get a console that is specifically advertised as having less of those things in exchange for access to a spectrum of indie games that early reviews indicate are organized in an incredibly bad and borderline-inaccessible manner. If you're already paying 100 bucks, honestly, you're probably less concerned about another 100 than you are about what kind of experience you're getting for your money.

I'm not saying "therefore Ouya is crap." I'm just pointing out that it's not an unreasonable comparison to be making.

Re:Expectations lowered by all the crap out there (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44106305)

Modern Games are sh*te (So are Western Games other than the indies) that is the problem they are more like what used to be called interactive movies. (And universally hated when they originally came out).

Re:Expectations lowered by all the crap out there (2)

Kjella (173770) | about a year ago | (#44105957)

Whatever, if they were complaining about things like what the Wii was to the XB360 and PS3 that'd be one thing but when you get quotes like

Sadly, it's also presently an ungainly mess of a consumer product that requires more work than it's worth to get the most out of it.

The controller sounds nice on paper, but it's sadly close to being outright junk. The touchpad is the worst touchpad I've ever used.

That is real hardware and software usability issues, not just lack of eye candy. It's an entertainment device, if it's more annoying and frustrating than entertaining it'll be a $99 paperweight.

Re:Expectations lowered by all the crap out there (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44106201)

Which is pretty reasonable when the fanbois were claiming it was actually going to be a threat to Sony and Microsoft. It's not our fault that the fanbois built it up so much and it turned out to be shit,

Re:Expectations lowered by all the crap out there (1)

interkin3tic (1469267) | about a year ago | (#44105165)

I think the problem was the opposite: given the hype, people expected this to be on par with the xbox one or xbox 360 at least. From the reviews I've read, it's actually on par with... a smartphone.

Which is still actually pretty good given that a smartphone costs six times as much and doesn't have a real controller.

Re:Expectations lowered by all the crap out there (1)

girlintraining (1395911) | about a year ago | (#44105345)

, people expected this to be on par with the xbox one or xbox 360 at least.

Well, I guess those expectations were exceeded then; No DRM. Can share games with friends. Doesn't require an internet connection. Doesn't spy on you and send pics to the NSA of you naked walking from the shower to bathroom...

Re:Expectations lowered by all the crap out there (4, Funny)

crakbone (860662) | about a year ago | (#44105555)

Why is your shower not in your bathroom?

Re:Expectations lowered by all the crap out there (0)

Holladon (1620389) | about a year ago | (#44105899)

Doesn't spy on you and send pics to the NSA of you naked walking from the shower to bathroom...

I hate it when people's concerns about government prying boil down to "oh noes they might see me naked." Civil liberties aren't about freeing yourself from anxiety that strangers might see your naughty bits. If that's your biggest concern in the world, I envy you. This puritanical modesty crap is such a distraction.

Re:Expectations lowered by all the crap out there (1)

scot4875 (542869) | about a year ago | (#44105375)

I think the problem was the opposite: given the hype, people expected this to be on par with the xbox one or xbox 360 at least.

Sadly, you can't really account for clueless idiots. Just like all the idiots that whined about the Wii's graphics compared to the PS3 and 360 -- and ignored the fact that the Wii cost half as much.

--Jeremy

Re:Expectations lowered by all the crap out there (1)

Enderandrew (866215) | about a year ago | (#44105407)

Given that a smartphone can run GTA, then it is at least on par with an XBox. And it is closer to the 360 in power than the original XBox.

Re:Expectations lowered by all the crap out there (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44105669)

You can buy Android-on-a-stick and an XBox controller for less, though.
I'm not sure how many games in the Play store support controllers, but honestly, you'll probably have a better selection than the Ouya.

PS. Actually, someone made a list of controller capable Android games [droidgamers.com] . Plug your phone or stick into your TV and enjoy!

Re:Expectations lowered by all the crap out there (1)

mcmonkey (96054) | about a year ago | (#44105177)

Are people so trained on sub-par, cheap Asian electronics that there's an expectation of suckage on a device that "only" costs $99 ? Is $99 the new throwaway price, where you use something, expect it to fail, then go buy another one? It's the Walmart generation I guess.

Different features set doesn't mean "suckage" or "throwaway." Do you expect the Rav4 to have the same features and capacity as a Land Cruiser? I don't. That doesn't mean if I bought a new Rav4 I'd expect it to quickly fail, and I'd ust buy another one when it does. It means, when I pay less than one third the price, I expect to get to less.

Likewise, the folks that expect less from a $99 console than they'd expect from a $400 console don't necessarily expect the cheaper one to be disposable or "sub-par, cheap Asian electronics." They're just realistic.

Re:Expectations lowered by all the crap out there (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44105235)

$99 = price of an AppleTV
$79 = price of a Roku 2 XD
$99 = price of an Ouya

I just want a second Netflix player for the bedroom. If it plays video games/other apps; that's a bonus.

Re:Expectations lowered by all the crap out there (1)

cybertears (778765) | about a year ago | (#44105361)

If your bedroom TV isn't HD, then I recommend a Wii. You can get them dirt cheap (I got mine for $20).

Re:Expectations lowered by all the crap out there (1)

MBGMorden (803437) | about a year ago | (#44105259)

What sucks is that it really doesn't cost THAT much more to make a good product.

We live in a world that is not only incredibly stupid, but wasteful. They'd rather buy a $99 widget that they replace every single year than a $140 one that will last a decade.

"Hey, it's cheaper" has become the rallying cry of or society with not even the slightest bit of attention focused on actual quality.

Re:Expectations lowered by all the crap out there (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44105441)

We live in a world that is not only incredibly stupid, but wasteful. They'd rather buy a $99 widget that they replace every single year than a $140 one that will last a decade.

Most modern computing devices are obsolete within a few months, maybe a year, of release. Why the hell would you want to keep one for 10 years? Seriously: thats why widgets get replaced every year. Not because the product fails after that time, but simply because the hardware is obsolete after that long. That's the same reason smartphones don't have replaceable batteries much anymore: by the time the battery wears out, 99% of users are going to be looking for a new phone anyways, simply because the old one is drastically underpowered by the new standards.

Re:Expectations lowered by all the crap out there (1)

SJHiIlman (2957043) | about a year ago | (#44105937)

Why the hell would you want to keep one for 10 years?

Because it works and suits my purposes. Why else? What is and is not obsolete is not for someone else to decide. I certainly don't get a new computer every single year (or even after three or four years); that's a colossal waste of money a grand majority of the time

Re:Expectations lowered by all the crap out there (1)

crakbone (860662) | about a year ago | (#44105889)

Right now our technology is still rapidly expanding. Ten years for a p/c video card is super old. Ten years for a game console is out of date. xbox, playstation 2 and the game cube were the platforms of choice in 2003. HDMI didn't really come out till 2006 and the US started the transition to digital in 2009. So even your television is out of date. The average internet speed of residential was 263 kps. The Iphone did not even come out till 2007 and the US shutdown analog phones in 2008 so even the cellphone you had then might not even work now. So 99 bucks for a box that may break in two years I don't really have a problem with. (Have two Rokus for two years still running.)

Re:Expectations lowered by all the crap out there (1)

Threni (635302) | about a year ago | (#44105405)

I never thought the regular hand-held devices were worth it, though. How much was the PSP when it came out? Why was it so expensive? So my expectations weren't high. The Nexus 7 had a shocking build quality, and I (and a few friends) sent back two devices to get one which worked (ie which could be charged, had functioning NFC, and didn't have little bits of plastic sticking out of the case which hadn't been put together properly). That was a flagship (budget) Android device.

So...this thing? Yeah, it'll be worth a look; perhaps it's worth the about a day or so's work, or the couple of meals out it's going to cost. Perhaps not. I'll let someone else beta test it for me though - those days are over.

Re:Expectations lowered by all the crap out there (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44105803)

You realize that broken down, a smart phone / tablet costs about $100-200 in physical parts.

Without a screen (one of the more expensive items), GPS, cellular antennas, that could easily drop the price to about $99 if they want market penetration and not necessarily massive profits.

Game pads are a dime a dozen -- a USB/wireless joypad can be had for $10-20 RETAIL (so probably $3-5 unit price)...

What we can take away from this (1, Insightful)

Jmc23 (2353706) | about a year ago | (#44104943)

is that Sascha Segan is a douche who can't comprehend the difference between a device at $100 and others at $500-$700.

To quote Segan (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44105421)

don't put down money for things that don't exist, where you don't know whether or not they'll suck.

Clearly, he means children. The cruel man.

Kickstarter is just a method to pre-sell items that traditional funding methods didn't find worthy.

Okay, I get it; he jumped on the negativity. You know, bad news sells.

a lot of the stuff that comes into our office is crap.

Such as his writing.

Perhaps Ouya is having its learning curve right now, but it doesn't mean you need to contribute money to its educational process.

Again, I reference the topic of children. Clearly, his children are born geniuses and know-it-alls; just judge by his remarks, you'll see.

You take all the risk, they get all the rewards. That's the worst investment plan in history.

I hope no lady is trying to give this man a family.

Let other people be the suckers, and reap the rewards later.

Great plan. I'll do the same with his articles from now on.

If this were an Apple Device (1, Funny)

BasilBrush (643681) | about a year ago | (#44104953)

People would be complaining about the shape, and the fact that it doesn't use Phillips screws.

Re:If this were an Apple Device (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44105099)

[If this were an Apple device] people would be pissing themselves like excited dogs over the shape, and the fact that it doesn't use Phillips screws.

FTFY.

Re:If this were an Apple Device (3, Insightful)

TWiTfan (2887093) | about a year ago | (#44105115)

If it were an Apple device, it would cost a helluva lot more than $100.

Re:If this were an Apple Device (1, Insightful)

BasilBrush (643681) | about a year ago | (#44105209)

Re:If this were an Apple Device (2)

Enderandrew (866215) | about a year ago | (#44105423)

The Apple TV doesn't come with a controller and play games.

Re:If this were an Apple Device (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44105595)

The Roku does though...

Re:If this were an Apple Device (0)

Holladon (1620389) | about a year ago | (#44105913)

That's because you're already supposed to have a controller that plays games. Also known as an iPhone.

Peering (2)

SuperKendall (25149) | about a year ago | (#44106147)

The Apple TV doesn't come with a controller and play games.

Yet.

Is it really so hard to note that iOS7 includes an API for game controllers and divine the medium term future?

Re:If this were an Apple Device (1)

cangrejoinmortal (1315615) | about a year ago | (#44106297)

I thought it came with a copy of "Let's rip off snobs"

Re:If this were an Apple Device (1)

narcc (412956) | about a year ago | (#44105585)

That's a completely different kind of product, you know.

Apple TV is more in line with the Visio CoStar than it is to the Ouya. Sure, you get a bit more bang for your buck with the CoStar, but their intended to be used for similar purposes.

That Apple sells a random product for less than $100 is completely irrelevant to the parents comment.

Re:If this were an Apple Device (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44105461)

Oh boo hoo. Let's make it all about you, why don't we? You poor, persecuted little Apple fanboi.

LOL (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44104999)

I'm a sad panda. I backed them last year (August) as part of their original Kickstarter project. I live in Canada and still have yet to receive my OUYA. Its still in China.

The fact that the stores have sold out is just more salt in the wound. I'm not the only early backer to have his console be delayed. They were promised in March and no one got them at that point. Its now basically July. From what I've heard the console is not powerful (same CPU as my HTC One X) but the $100 price tag is hard to match. If it plays Netflix + Plex Client I'll be happy. If not this thing will be a waste of money.

I'm one of those poor bastards ... (3, Interesting)

Frag-A-Muffin (5490) | about a year ago | (#44105069)

that hasn't recevied their ouya yet :(

Early backer from day 1. Was hoping to get mine BEFORE retail to develop on. Guess I should have got the dev edition at $699?! Hrm. /me fustrated

I got mine weeks ago, haven't bought one game (4, Informative)

mattso (578394) | about a year ago | (#44105091)

I got my Ouya a few weeks ago. I feel sorry for the people that were part of the Kickstarter but haven't gotten theirs. I had a tracking number for weeks but the US Post office delivered it before the tracking number ever was recognized. DHL from Hong Kong is not exactly a good shipping partner. They took the cheap route on shipping and it looks like it really hurt them. Doing order fulfillment from HK was a mistake. They should have bulk shipped them to the US and shipped them out from here.

As for it's value as a game console. It's kind of disappointing. I've yet to actually pay money for any games, since not one of the demo versions were interesting enough. While the Tegra 3 is a decent chip, somehow they have managed to make it have about the same power as an old SNES. Oddly enough Final Fantasy 3 is one of the few name brand titles. A best seller on the SNES.

As as platform for Android development (one of the reasons I got it) it is fairly disappointing. Their "every game has a demo" model pretty much means anyone developing for it is giving them free content. It' is rare that a game will convince me with a great demo. More often than not a demo just gives me enough to know it is not worth buying.

It also has strange issues with it's sleep mode/power on (I almost always have to walk up and press the button on the top). The gamepad feels awful. The box itself is not exactly easy to place in the living room.

It does seems like a good addition to my collection of failed consoles though, joining my Atari Jaguar and 3DO (among others).

Re:I got mine weeks ago, haven't bought one game (0)

h4rr4r (612664) | about a year ago | (#44105389)

Final Fantasy 3 is not the same version from the SNES. It has been remade in 3d.

How is a demo free content?
That sounds like demos work for you. The entire idea is to not waste the consumers money.

Re:I got mine weeks ago, haven't bought one game (0)

mattso (578394) | about a year ago | (#44105727)

How is a demo free content? That sounds like demos work for you. The entire idea is to not waste the consumers money.

No, the idea is for the company making the console to not have to fund any game development. By requiring every game be "free to play" they dodge the expensive of having to make first party titles. If nothing else you can play their console for free.

See this slashdot article on how demos lower sales http://games.slashdot.org/story/09/01/17/0339230/do-game-demos-have-an-adverse-effect-on-sales [slashdot.org]

Re:I got mine weeks ago, haven't bought one game (1)

Edward Kmett (123105) | about a year ago | (#44105927)

I was also a backer.

I think the most compelling example of how bad the controls are is to compare the 'pinball arcade' game they have to the PC or mac version.

On the PC or Mac the flippers work instantaneously and the game is quite fun.

On the Ouya it is unplayable, with half second latencies, it is almost impossible to pull back the plunger to start the ball, etc.

Re:I got mine weeks ago, haven't bought one game (3, Informative)

tlhIngan (30335) | about a year ago | (#44106171)

As as platform for Android development (one of the reasons I got it) it is fairly disappointing. Their "every game has a demo" model pretty much means anyone developing for it is giving them free content. It' is rare that a game will convince me with a great demo. More often than not a demo just gives me enough to know it is not worth buying.

If that's the case, the free-to-play model will come to Ouya like it has Android and iOS.

The only real reason I want an Ouya? Emulators. Stick in a MAME for Android emulator on there and a USB hard drive full of ROMs, and you've got a nice gaming machine right there. The controller could be better I suppose, but meh, it's one of the few ways to play arcade games on your big screen with controller, without having to set up a PC and front end and all that.

touchpads blow (2)

Nyder (754090) | about a year ago | (#44105151)

While I haven't yet used a controller that has a touchpad on it, I have used touchpads on numerous computing devices over the decades. They suck. While I'm sure it seems like a great alternative to having an actual touchscreen on the controller, it's not. You have analog sticks on the controller, if you need to control a mouse, then use a stick.

It's almost as bad as the idea of using your phone or tablet with playing games on your PC or console. Here you are, with your hands full either mouse/keyboard or gamepad, and then you need to drop that to use the smartphone or tablet to do stuff (inventory, whatever)? Really?

Sometimes I don't think real gamers are the one designing these products. I guess that is too much to hope for?

When it becomes popular (2)

goffster (1104287) | about a year ago | (#44105331)

It will get sued for patent infringement.

Anyone here able to comment on the XBMC quality? (2)

uCallHimDrJ0NES (2546640) | about a year ago | (#44106079)

Lots of articles have been posted about XBMC on Ouya, but most of them have to do with early adopter Kickstarter backers sideloading XBMC onto the device, with promises that performance will be better when the real version ships. So, it's launch day. How's the XBMC? Does it stream Blu-Ray ISOs well? I think I speak for many people when I say this is the only reason we are interested in Ouya.
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