Ouya developer consoles shipped
posted on 12.28.12 at 08:44 AM EST by (@salromano)
First look at what the final UI might look like.

Some 1,200 Ouya developer consoles have been shipped, Ouya founder Julie Uhrman has announced. The kit includes a welcome letter, transparent console and controllers, batteries, HDMI cable, micro-USB cable, and power adapter packaged in a “Thanks for Believing,” Jet-black box.

The consoles are still a “work in process,” according to Uhrman. “We know the d-pad and triggers on the controller still need work,” she said. “The ifnal version will be different.” There will also be plenty of bugs, she warns. Developers can help tackle each by reporting them on the newly opened Ouya developer portal (the ODK is also now available for download, there are also instructions on the site on how to get started making Ouya games without a dev console).

The developer console also features an “early early early” version of what the final console user interface will look like. Uhrman’s provided a screenshot of what “it might” look like when the system fully launched in March.

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  • monkey

    annndddd nobody cares about this shovelware shit

    • 浪黒雷 (ro-kurorai)

      I don’t. When was the last time you needed to change batteries in the controller since the original 360 pads?

      • zakou

        Batteries? what is that? o,o

      • willpowered

        Uh. Wii remotes?

        • xMCXx

          Sony are the only ones who made good controllers. xD

    • http://profiles.google.com/dnlblue Daniel blue

      You =/= Everybody

      Lots of people care about Ouya. They cared enough to actually PAY for its development. Unless you’ve been living in a cave, you probably heard about its successful Kickstarter campaign.

      I don’t particulary care about Ouya either, but it’s an interesting experiment and I’m really curious to see how well it does in the market.

  • zakou

    If this was for free i’d take one, they could put in adds and shit so they could make money of me and premium ware for those who want extra for real money, i would just play some rpgs like Zenonia 1-5 with controller ^^ sucks on touch.

  • 浪黒雷 (ro-kurorai)

    I guess there will be loads of disappointed KS backers once they realize that they won’t be getting FIFA or COD on that “groundbreaking open platform”. Honestly, what’s the purpose of including a 360-ripped-off controller with an Android system, that was developed for button-less devices like smart phones and tablets. Makes no sense to me.

    • KingOptimusOrigins111

      It has Onlive so no worries.

    • willpowered

      Obviously, the inclusion of a controller was so that you can play games developed specifically for OUYA. Are you that dense?

      • 浪黒雷 (ro-kurorai)

        I just hope you get your money’s worth with all those AAA-blockbuster Android games specifically developed for OUYA, an open, free-to-play platform where developers can only make profit through micro-transactions.

        It’s great for Indies’ experimenting on the platform but let us have another chat in one year when the platform had some time to mature. Hopefully by then you refrain from insulting me as I believe it was quite uncalled for to deduce my intellect by my skeptical opinion on a platform you’re obviously rather fond of.

    • hoez

      I backed OUYA and I do not expect it to play those kinds of games at all… o_O I expect more games that are of an indie nature, not that kind of “AAA” game with a budget worth more than an entire neighborhood of homes. X_X

  • KurisuMakise

    Yikes! I can see people being skeptical but wow… Well, time to weigh in. I feel like…Google should have been the one pushing this. It’s using Android, it’s got the controller, if it had a TV Remote as well, could have been a good fight vs Apple TV. Developer support wise, it’s nice to see Square Enix taking their android offerings and bringing it but I don’t think this will be the strong push needed for people to equalize the stakes between Android and iOS. I guess ultimately, I feel this is a good idea; a step in the right direction but needs more muscle.

    • 浪黒雷 (ro-kurorai)

      Why should I not be skeptical? If I want to play Android games I’m gonna do so on a smartphone or a tablet. Alternatively I can plug in my 360 pad and play them on Google’s store which has a nice little plugin for Chrome that’s been my favorite browser for years. I simply see no pint in the device except in ripping of gullible KS-backers.

      I already chimed my thoughts on the controller and its design philosophy in.

      • KurisuMakise

        I never said you shouldn’t be skeptical, in fact in my own comment I admitted to seeing reason for such. What I didn’t find reasonable was just how negative the comments were. Even judging by what you’re saying, I kinda feel my point is justified. Google themselves should have done this directly. Call it Google Play with instant access to your android apps right from the TV, with a controller and remote.

        • 浪黒雷 (ro-kurorai)

          Valid point, unfortunately they did not. My take on the story is that Google don’t see that big of a market for the content offered on their store in a box sitting beneath your TV. Can’t blame them, really. I’m totally indifferent to the system as I could not care less whether it fails or soars. I just feel sorry for the people expecting triple-A console games on that tiny box. I’d be surprised if it can even keep up with the latest Android phones once it releases in March in terms of performance.

          I am genuinely looking forward to DigitalFoundry’s inevitable tech analysis as it should be quite insightful. The mobile hardware market is probably the fastest changing one with annual, or bi-annual in Apple’s case, hardware revisions offering much more power than the previous models. By the time OUYA releases it will be annihilated by 2013’s Androids.

          • KurisuMakise

            Very true Ro, ah that makes me sad for them. I guess I’ve always got a soft spot for new people trying to do cool things (though I too am skeptical). Gah, so depressing =( But indeed, I don’t think the hardware will be strong enough either so I’ll need to figure out what else will push devs to get more stuff on the marketplace.

          • willpowered

            Good luck playing with a controller on 2013’s Android phones.
            OUYA is also supposed to have OnLive service, meaning we should indeed be able to play the latest high-end games on it.

            • 浪黒雷 (ro-kurorai)

              What’s the point of playing Android games with a controller? They are designed with touch screens in mind, not 360-ripped-off controllers ;)

              • willpowered

                Obviously, because almost all Android platforms don’t have controller capabilities.
                Android games made for OUYA will be specifically designed to use controllers.

                I mean, seriously. This is like saying “What’s the point of playing PC games with a controller? They are designed with keyboard/mouse in mind.” Some games are made for touch interfaces, and some aren’t.

                • 浪黒雷 (ro-kurorai)

                  haven’t played many multi-platform games on PC lately, have we. otherwise I can only understand your comment as a joke. Now PC gamers can be happy if they’re even allowed to customize M/KB keys. these days all games (except Bioware’s and a few outsourced ones, like DE:HR) are designed with a 360 pad in mind with N/KB added as a bonus.

                  • willpowered

                    I’m not saying you can’t use a controller with some PC games.
                    I’m saying that your previous question was as stupid as asking why you can use a controller with some PC games.

                    Android is a platform we can develop on just like any other. I’m done here, logic seems to escape you.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tet-chan TetsuyaHikari

    I wasn’t very interested before and somehow, they have managed to make me even less interested, lol. I’m… Not really sure what to make of this. The idea sounds great on paper, but in execution?

    Apparently not so much…

    • willpowered

      If you’re judging by its appearance, you should note that this is a developer console. It’s a work in progress that was shipped early to developers.

      • http://soundcloud.com/tet-chan TetsuyaHikari

        You should also note that the dev kit should be a good representation of what we expect to see in the final product. I don’t expect to see this change much from what we already see now, so yeah… Excuse me for already being a bit disappointed in what I see.

        • willpowered

          You have misguided expectations then, seeing as they explicitly say that it’s not a final product. While a lot of the functionality might be there, the form factor isn’t final.

  • http://www.facebook.com/wtfits.gardner Cat Flames

    “gamers”…. lady at least stop using the freaking stigma.. the proper term is PLAYER… as in player 1 and player 2.

  • http://www.facebook.com/wtfits.gardner Cat Flames

    Oh and btw ALL next gen consoles are right around the corner with the WiiU out now ..seeing it struggle the way it has been.. the future is not so bright unless someone brings something fresh and new like the rumors of AR and VR gaming with the next Xbox and PS4 Orbis.. this little “console” thing can only do what a cellphone now can.. its walking on a very very thin ice the size of the tipn of a finger.

    Next year we will see Tegra4 and the thing will be amazing OUYA will not be able to keep up with cellphone games next year because Tegra4 will be pretty close if not on par with PS3 so… this thing is useless I rather get a cellphone I am sorry I am simply being honest.

    • rockman29

      PowerVR in the Vita is more powerful than Tegra 3 and probably also Tegra 4 too.

      PowerVR 4 core is in the Ipad 3 and Vita, and it trumps every other graphics processor for mobiles out there.

      • http://www.facebook.com/wtfits.gardner Cat Flames

        That is incorrect sir. The Vita is pretty much on par with a Tegra3 both are quad cores and are pretty much equals. Tegra4 is going to be a massive beast go read the specs for it anything apple and SONY portable devices out now cannot compete with the Tegra4 its impossible and its why Apple will have to step it up with their next devices. Tegra4 will dwarf T3 and anything before it.

  • http://twitter.com/vamp21 Paul Rodriguez

    Well that was a boring three minutes. This looks like some cheap toy. Batteries? Really? Why would I want to play mobile games on my TV? I barely play those games on my mobile device. Those games can barely keep me interested for more than 20 minutes. No thanks. I’ll wait for the next PlayStation and Xbox consoles.

    • willpowered

      A. This is a developer’s kit. It’s a work in progress and isn’t polished.
      B. It’s more powerful than a mobile device. Saying that it can only play “mobile games” is like saying that Windows can only run Word and Excel. The hardware is more than enough to run games like Super Meat Boy, VVVVVV, or Audiosurf.
      Here’s a list of OUYA games-
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Ouya_software
      I look forward to developing for it myself.

      • http://soundcloud.com/tet-chan TetsuyaHikari

        Oh boy! Super Meat Boy?! Well gee! Why didn’t you say so?!

        *rolls eyes*

        You’re going to need more than that to convince me to purchase it.

        • willpowered

          It’s just an example. If you’re not interested, why are you here? Quit trolling.

  • http://www.facebook.com/epicbawksy Hans Kisaragi

    So many twats in the comment section

  • FlameEmperor

    You know……….. I completely forgot about this console………

  • http://gematsu.com/ Zero

    I think it’s a bit too early for me to pass judgement here. I’m going to wait and see what happens down the road.

  • KingOptimusOrigins111

    All of yall are a little too judgmental if you ask me. I think they are trying to go after the casual market which may end up working for them as long as they can keep advertising the device and good quality indie games for free then I don’t see what the problem is. I don’t believe it will compete with the Wii U, PS4, Xbox 720, and Valve’s Steam Console next year but I do believe it will sale 10 – 15 million for its first 3 years on the market.

    The way I see it Ouya is a console for indie games; Xbox 720 will continue to keep pushing Gears, Halo, Forza, and Kinect games; Nintendo will continuing to push their old franchises over New Ips; PS4 will be for the Hardcore gamers, and Valve’s Steam Console will be for people who want to play PC games on a TV versus a $1000 rig or learning how to play with a mouse and keyboard.

  • http://twitter.com/RaiuLyn Raiu

    Why do people need Ouya for again? I see controllers for android devices, PC for indie titles, Less features than a cellphone…

    • 浪黒雷 (ro-kurorai)

      no point in arguing in this thread, as it’s mostly populated by KS backers ^^

      • http://twitter.com/RaiuLyn Raiu

        Not that I’m against Ouya and its backers… It’s just some modest question which I’m having difficulties understanding…

        Would prefer people to tell me what than having to downvote without a word…

        • 浪黒雷 (ro-kurorai)

          I was speaking through experience. Received way more downvotes and personal insults than well articulated reasons why OUYA matters.

  • KingOptimusOrigins111

    Quit accusing people of thumbs downing your comments, calling them butthurts, and saying they have multiple accounts.

  • http://twitter.com/RaiuLyn Raiu

    If there’s a 3+, shouldn’t there be a 3- for you?

  • KingOptimusOrigins111

    He said the same thing about me in a LR: FF XIII article a week ago.