OUYA - OUYA
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- Hard Drive Capacity8GB
- USB InputYes
- Instant ContentVEVO, iheartradio, TuneIn, XBMC, Plex, Twitch.tv, OnLive, custom TV UI, custom game/app store
- Wi-Fi Built InYes
- HDMI OutputYes
- Graphic Quality1080p
- Smart CapableYes
Rating 3.8 out of 5 stars with 122 reviews(122 Reviews)
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Amazing concept, slightly flawed design|Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
When I initially heard of the concept of the Ouya, I was immediately impressed with the concept and for only $100 dollars it seemed like a worth-wild experiment. I could not have been more correct! With all the big name companies releasing thier newest consoles, the Ouya got very little mainstream attention. While no must-have games have yet to be released, with the exception of Castle Crashers, the little box proves itself to me a must have for any gamer. Why, you may ask? The emulators! All of your classic games right at your fingertips on a easy to use console interface. The only hiccup I had with the system was during the initial set up. For whatever reason the system had difficulty registering the controller. Once it did though, the system was great. For only $100 it's a unique experiment in the gaming world.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Excellent Budget Console, Emulator, and HTPC!|Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
The OUYA is a small cube console that has the powerful VIDIA Tegra 3 Quad-Core Processor with 1GB of RAM. It is roughly as powerful as some of the better 7-Inch Tablets like the Google Nexus 7. The OUYA has it's own store front to purchase games that have been optimized to play on the OUYA in 1080p resolution, and with the included Bluetooth controller. You can't access the Android Store, as those games are designed around the touch screens of smart phones and tablets. It is possible to 'side load' android games onto the OUYA, but it takes a little bit of work, and most of those games don't have any settings to take advantage of the OUYA Controller. Don't worry if you have a older LCD TV, as mine (37" Vizio 1st Gen) only supports 720p and 1080i. The OUYA detected my TV and changed the output to 720p automatically. The video output is nice and crisp, and audio is also good to go. It sounds awesome pumped though my HDMI port on my reciever! A Credit/Debit card is required when you first activate your OUYA, as that's what's used to purchase games you want. Each game is free to try on OUYA, and all the games have various ways to try them out before you're required to purchase them. Some games only allow you to play the first level, some have a set time limit to try the game, and others have 'mini-transactions' where you can buy better stuff in the game to make it easier to play. Each Game also varies in cost from a few bucks to $20.00 or more. If you're going to get this for a child, I recommend that you use a prepaid credit card for the account so the kiddies don't rack up a bunch of purchases! The OUYA now also has VLC Media Player and XBMC (X-Box Media Center) for free, so using the included USB Port on the back of the console, you can watch your downloaded movies and tv shows in brillant 1080p! Grab a 32gb or 64gb USB 2.0 Stick and load up on shows to watch! This alone makes this console a cheap and low power consumption Home Theater PC! If you search YouTube, there are many helpful videos about Side Loading Android Store Games, other Android Programs, and Game Emulators to play classic games from many classic gaming consoles. PROS: - Outstanding Value at $100.00, includes console and a wireless BlueTooth Controller (worth $50.00 itself), making the console really only Fifty Bucks. They even include batteries for the Controller and a HDMI Cable that's kinda short, but gets the job done in a pinch! - Responsive BlueTooth Controller with a similar button layout to a X-Box Controller. The Back Upper Triggers are Digital, and the Back Lower Triggers are Analog (think brake and throttle controls with finite control possible). Also compatible with the Sony DualShock BlueTooth Controllers, so if you have those laying around you can also use them on your OUYA. The console supports up to four BlueTooth Controllers. - Included USB 2.0 Port on the back allows you to add a thumbdrive or portable hard drive to watch your favorite downloaded movies and tv shows. - Impressive Selection of games are now available for the system. There are some very polished games like DubWars, Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy 3 (remake with higher resolution graphics) and Vendetta Online (a MMO that only costs $1/Month that is actually a PC MMO Game that works flawlessly!). - Excellent Emulator System that can fun many Emulators from Atari 2600, all the way up to some of the more modern consoles! CONS: - Interface is similar to how you scroll though thumbnails like NetFlix or Hulu. It's somewhat clunky, but I'm sure that they'll improve it with time with firmware updates. (The controllers responsiveness has already been increased in a firmware update btw.) - Some Games are downright terrible, but with the 'try before you buy' business model of the OUYA, it would be harder to be burned by them. This is a Indy Developers Console, so there is going to be some lemons, and there's going to be some lemonade. This console is to allow the 'little guys' that can't afford to develop for the big console's somewhere to flex their gaming development muscles. - Credit Card Required to Activate Console. Some people are put off by this, mainly because they're worried about their kids racking up a bunch of charges buying games. I suggest using a pre-paid credit card to get around this issue, which will keep purchases in check. - USB 2.0 Slot can not (currently) be used to store games. You can watch movies and tv shows that you have download from your pc to a usb thumb drive to watch on your OUYA, but you currently can't store downloaded games on the USB stick. Hopefully a newer firmware update down the road addresses this issue, as the built in 8GB of Storage will quickly fill up. I currently have 52 Games on my OUYA, and it's about 50% full. Summary: If you're not interested in jumping on the multi-hundred dollar X-Box One and PS4 Wagon, can understand and appreciate lower end games for what they are, are looking for an inexpensive Emulator, looking for a cheap way to play movies and tv shows on your HDTV with a low powered HTPC, then look no further! Welcome to the Revolution! OUYA!
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Great product for the cost!|Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
Most people do not realize that this is NOT just a gaming console. It is an Android device that is connected to your TV (Thus, a computer) You can load Games, applications, surf the web... Limitless. The issues area that there is no way of turning off system updates or that the device does not turn off and stay off. The tech support MUST be overwhelmed (If you have an advanced issue, you better search forums and Google. Tech support takes about 2 weeks to get back to you.) I also with that they had a TV remote as a controller (you currently have a "Gamer" controller. A bluetooth keyboard does not always work well). BUT for the $100 price tag - It's GREAT! Enjoy!
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Better than Expected!Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
I got mine about 2 weeks ago (early backer) and last night I finally hooked it all up. I was afraid to hook it up earlier because of some of the early reviews that I had read. Consequently, I was so surprised to see that XBMC works really well at streaming 1080p files from my Windows SMB PC, and it also plays local 1080p files from a 2TB portable hard drive formatted in NTFS (it played back everything I threw at it). That alone has made my Ouya so worthwhile since it has now replaced my Raspberry Pi XBMC gadget because it runs faster and is much easier to work with! I was also able to install Sega Genesis, SNES, NeoGeo, N64, and PSX emulators onto my Ouya while reading the game files from that same portable hard drive. Everything works extremely well. The Ouya is also fast and some of the actual store games are pretty good too (already purchased a few of them). There are a bunch of guides on YouTube in case you get stuck on anything. There is also a parental or security card feature where I can enter a pin to prevent my children from unauthorized purchases (contrary to what one reviewer wrote). It was easy to setup and it works extremely well. I believe that Ouya's future is promising. They still need to work out some glitches and add some more apps and cool games. I believe that it will get there. But so far, so good! What is currently lacking: an easy way to sideload apps from a USB thumb drive or hard drive, more cool games, useful apps besides games, a whole new section for the apps that you've installed (i.e. call it "My Apps"), and price clearly indicated on the game info pages. All of this is doable. In short, I'm absolutely pleased with my purchase. I especially love my portable XBMC that I can now take with me on my trips or when I visit family.
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Awesome, but not for everyone.|Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
I love the idea of this little box, and I completely and wholeheartedly appreciate the intent of both the manufacturer and the Ouya community as a whole. But the emulators still are not intuitive and are a bit finicky, and the games available for this platform are a mixed bag in terms of features and capabilities. I beg you to read as many online reviews of this platform before buying. But if you want a system for playing casual games, this expandable and hackable little box can't be beAt for the price.
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
XBMC DevicePosted .I would recommend this to a friend
Pros: I have had this for a couple days now. I purchased this as HTPC type device to run XBMC. I have had many devices Original Boxee, ATV2, ATV3 (No Jail Break makes this a useless device I use DS Video Application via Airplay to stream to this), Roku, currently using Rev B Raspberry Pi (All Streaming from Synology 1512+). The Ouya with Quad Core and 1 Gig of RAM runs Aeon skin with no issues (the Cores fluctuate from low teens to 30% - 40%, memory at 50%). Also, the NES, SNES, NES64 Emulators all just work with no issues. I don't see the same complaints as some have said on the remote. While it isn't the most solid thing in the world, it just plain works with the emulators. I have also sync'd my PS3 remote with no issues; however, I did not go thru and re-map buttons with the emulators to make them work. The PS3 remote navigates main menus with no issues, waiting for the harmony ultimate base station to come out (August I think) to go with my Harmony Touch for this device and I will be set. Lastly, i have not heard the fan at all (it does get a little hot) Cons: No "Play Store" XBMC random crashes (this is XBMC issue not Ouya). Also, I only noticed the crashes while enabling certain features, i.e.. add ons and creating the initial file shares. Once it is up and running configured the crashes seem to have gone away. XBMC no hardware acceleration until Gotham release (1080P issues until this release) Side Note: I know what this device was advertised as; however, I would never purchase this as a gaming device to compete with PS3 or Xbox. As a small form factor XBMC device there are not many options with the specs this has in the $ range.
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Good for what it's meant to be used for|Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
First of all, don't expect a Playstation or Xbox. This is primarily for small, casual-type games more in the line of cell-phone type games. It has the potential to be a bit more if game dev's make things exclusively for the console, which you would think would eventually happen. It's tiny, doesn't take up much space so there's that as well. There's alot of games as of this writing, the quality is hit or miss though. All of them you can try before you buy them. Majority of games aren't more than 5 dollars, with exceptions for bigger ones If you like emulation programs this thing is definitely fantastic. The menu is simple, but can be laggy depending on how it feels like behaving. Sometimes for no reason at all it'll boot me back to the beginning screen. I'm sure firmware will solve most of these things. Storage may be a problem if you download tons of games. Right now as of this review there isn't an external storage option to play games off of. A usb stick will work in the console but you can't play games off of it. The controller is okay, but not that great. Some games it doesn't seem to work great and will delay what you press...I'm unsure if it's the controller or game sometimes. I give it 4 stars because of potential and price. If you don't mind waiting out growing pains and realize this thing isn't made to play Call of Duty games you'll be okay. If you play nothing but big AAA titles, you may as well not bother with it.
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Cheap fun for party gamingPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
I Kickstarted Ouya and got my console early. The kids and I have been having a blast playing with it. Our favorite game right now is BombSquad (more info below). This console probably isn't for hardcore gamers. The graphics are very good but not state of the art. Most of the games are small, fun, and quirky. The best feature is that every game is free to try. So you can download it, play it, and delete it if you don't like it. One reviewer called it "the infinite garage sale," like finding an old Atari and a hundred cartridges in a shoebox for cheap. Sure, a lot of the games aren't great, but some are real gems, and the price is right! BombSquad, for instance, is a multiplayer game where up to eight(!) people can wrestle, run, and toss bombs at each other in a variety of games. Think Looney Tunes-style cartoon violence! The developer is a Pixar artist by day, so the game is loaded with animation, personality, and humor. You can use iPods or old Xbox and Playstation controllers for extra players. My kids and I haven't laughed so hard in a long time. And it only costs $5! The Ouya isn't perfect yet, but it gets better with every software update as the company irons out wrinkles. The hardware is surprisingly high quality, with nice weight and lots of brushed aluminum. We got a lot of miles out of our old Nintendo Wii and all the party games. When our Wii died, I ordered this as a low-cost replacement. It's great! Highly recommended for people who like to play games with friends or family.