From 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]