OUYA

OUYAFrom the moment the OUYA was announced and hit the crowd funding site Kickstater I felt that this was too good to be true. Sure, it’s nothing ground breaking or anything new but it’s a nice little product to fill a (small) gap in the market.

For a start let’s just take a step back. We live in a time when gaming is more mobile then ever before. Devices running Android and iOS allow gamers to game on the move. The Nintendo DS and PSP have been around for some time offering more traditional methods of mobile gaming. We even have tablets now which empower touch screen gaming even more. Even with all that console and PC games continue to rule the market. So really, the idea of bringing mobile games to the home console market is good, right?

Well yeah maybe it would be if it was done right but when you breakdown OUYA there are a few issues that have me skipping this console all together. But why though, would a £99 console create so much anger?

No Google Play support.

Sure, OUYA is Android based but don’t think you will be able to load up your already owned games. Not at all. OUYA have confirmed that there will be no support for Google Play purchases. As for playing OUYA games on other devices, the OUYA FAQ says ‘Not at this time’. So look forward to buying your games all over again at a possible high price.

A misleading idea of hope.

I don’t know if I’ve missed something here but there seems to be this idea among some gamers that OUYA is this sort of, next step in gaming. I’ve seen people asking for games such as GTAV, Starcraft 2 and even Call of Duty. The general understanding among these people is that OUYA is a power house and therefore, will change the market. I think not.

It’s not ‘free’.

OUYA is £99 for the console and a controller which is fine. The issue here is the games. OUYA says that games will be ‘free’ and therefore ‘open’ to the player. The fact is that OUYA only wants games to have some sort of ‘free’ element included. It’s down to the developer as to what they want to offer. A free demo, a totally free game or one filled with in-app purchases. Add to that the fact you have to input payment detailed before you even download anything. It really ruins the ‘free’ idea.

Now don’t get me wrong. I understand that there is a reason behind all of this but let’s face it. This is getting stupid. By the time OUYA comes out I’m going to need a another account and another copy of a game just to sit and enjoy it on my TV. I can’t say that it’s the ideal goal I had in mind for OUYA.

Still it’s very likely that OUYA is going to be a success. It already got £8 million out of us so let’s see where it goes. None the less. I will pass on OUYA.

[Source: OUYA FAQ]

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Luke Brickner
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Wow, so that's your bis insight? Can you play your pc games on your psp? or your xbox games on a Wii U? Of course you cant play your phones games on your Ouya (unless you transfer them from your phone to your Ouya like a bunch of devs did). Not everything is free though! Get real kiddo, the fact that a demo is mandated is a huge benefit so you dont by crap games. and anyone that thinks your playing GTA5 on on Tegra 3 is an asshat to begin with. Guess I have no reason to follow you.

Nikholai Koolonavich
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Thanks for the comment. I feel though maybe you missunderstood what I was getting at.

My issue with the ‘free’ games is that it’s been marketed all wrong. People have misunderstood the goal of OUYA from the get go. As for playing GTA5 on OUYA, we share the same view.

To make this clear, this write up is simply me addressing some of the common misunderstanding that the general audience for OUYA have.

Brian Bottorff
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Brian Bottorff

I’m not sure if this is a joke, it being April Fools day and all… Ouya has never claimed that games are free, they have always been up front about games being free to try, or having some sort of free element. “Every game is free to try. Yes, you heard right. We don’t think you should buy games or in-game items unless you absolutely love them. If you fall head-over-heels for one of them, all you’ll need is a valid credit card, debit card or redeemable code. You’ll never be charged unless you choose to make a purchase.” Source:… Read more »

Aaron Richardson
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I think the point that Nik is trying to make is that it’s already a pain in the ass to have an iPad with Cannabalt and an Android phone with Cannabalt, both of which don’t sync therefore you have two different scores. Understandably they’re different devices entirely, much like Luke Brickner pointed out with the PC and PSP example. But the OUYA is an Android based device, so why can’t we have some sort of compatibility with the Play Store so we don’t have another device with Cannabalt on? As for what Brian Bottorff said, I can’t disagree with you.… Read more »

Brian Bottorff
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Brian Bottorff

I do see what you are saying, and lack of Google Play support out of the box is definitely a bummer. One good thing about the Ouya is that it is supposed to be very easy to hack and mod by design. I have a feeling that it won’t take long for Android developers/modders to get Google Play on the Ouya. Also, it has already been confirmed that you can sideload .apk files through the Ouya’s USB port. While this wouldn’t necessarily sync your scores, unless that is managed online instead of locally, it would at least allow you to… Read more »

Aaron Richardson
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Absolutely, if I were going to purchase an OUYA (which I think I might) it’s certainly something I’m going to consider doing. I like to look at things from the point of view of someone that doesn’t necessarily know how to, or doesn’t feel comfortable installing and side loading apps on an almost £100 console, it’s not going to be something they’ll be willing to do because it involves doing things that they’d consider a little ‘shady’. The lack of Google Play support is certainly a bummer, but who knows, if the OUYA takes the world by storm (like the… Read more »

Nathan Rodriguez
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Nathan Rodriguez

Well, this is April Fools Day so im pretty sure its a fake thread just like it seems.

spellingnazi
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spellingnazi

“TOO good to be true”* Then this article can be credible.

Aaron Richardson
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Whoops, I don’t know how I let that one slip! Thanks for pointing it out!

Annie Farmer
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Annie Farmer

See I knew the Ouya was too good to be true, I think I’ll keep it in my WishPlz list ( http://bit.ly/10g4Szi ) for now and see what the real reviews are like but it isn’t looking good tbh.

thisisnt1984
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thisisnt1984

Interesting post, but I don’t think these arguments hold water. No Google Play support seems obvious. Ouya is not a Google company, so you don’t get Google Play. Amazon Kindle is built on Android too and you don’t get Google Play for the same reason. Android is a platform to build on, not a service to sell. I’m not sure where this misleading idea of hope has come from. Ouya has made it clear that it is an open platform to encourage indie developers. There may be some mainstream developers, like Square Enix, but no-one promised GTA5 or Call of… Read more »

Travis J
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Travis J

Kid, I think you kind of pissed of some people with your article. Let me just tell you why I, a 24 year old Computer Science Graduate, bought the OUYA. From a software perspective, OUYA gives me the tools to develop games. I can create my own games and sell them. I would expect 2 people to buy my games, because the point is not the money, but the experience in developing a game. I can put this on my resume and possible employers can look on the OUYA play store and see the projects I’ve worked on and they’ll… Read more »