Share this Story

OUYA Developer Unit Gets Unboxed, People Freak Out Over Developer Unit


Remember OUYA? The crowdfunded Android-based gaming console that took the Kickstarter world by storm back in July? It’s inching closer towards reality, as developer units have begun to ship, prompting the OUYA team to do their own official unboxing for the world to see. 

As noted in the video, the developer unit doesn’t ship with any games, is probably filled with bugs, and comes in a limited edition clear plastic that “really takes into consideration the openness of OUYA.” Basically what they are saying, is that this is no where near what the final retail version will look like and was created for developers to prep games for.

For those not familiar, OUYA is an open console gaming system that allows you to play all of your favorite smartphone or tablet games on your TV, with a controller, just like you would an XBOX or Playstation 3. It’s an attempt to shake up the console market, which according to OUYA, has been pushing developers away over the years. With many of them turning to mobile, the hottest thing on the planet, OUYA thinks the time is right to take their work and put it on the big screen.

OUYA already has partnerships announced with major mobile gaming companies, so this is definitely a movement to keep an eye on. If you’d like to pre-order an OUYA console, they run $99 and can be purchased here.

Estimated shipping time for official retail units is still listed as April 2013, which is only a couple of months away.


Via:  OUYA

  • This seemed like a good idea until I found out that the games you already own from the play store will have to be repurchased. Something that annoyed me a lot. You got to be crazy to buy this when Google mysteriously pulled that sphere to “rework” it at the same time OUYA was announced. crazy unrelated coincidence? maybe

  • Jeff Range

    I will sum it up as this DOA. No way can it replace my XBOX. I am not thinking about getting this instead of XBOX 720. No movies, No games, No TV Channels, No ESPN.

    • Lambo_21

      agreed! ill be getting a PS4 and there is no way this thing can change that… sorry mobile gaming on a TV is not going to look pretty or play as well as the big boys.

    • Ken

      Ouya isn’t trying to replace your xbox. It’s trying to appeal to people who dont want an xbox, and to compliment those who already have one of the bigger consoles.

  • MKader17

    Seriously, a Google TV interface, keyboard, and Ouya Gaming with a smooth interface and apps (Hulu Plus, Netflix, HBOGO, etc…) would be worth $400 to me.

    • Fatty Bunter

      Well the reason this is only $99 is because you’re in the minority

  • GordonAlfShumway

    They are still going with that ridiculous name? I am sure everyone who has never heard how it is pronounced, will immediately know how to pronounce it, there will be no confusion, and the name won’t make it look like it was developed in eastern europe.

    • Seth Schorr

      When it first came out, no one knew how to pronounce Wii. The consumer learned quickly.

  • BladeRunner

    I’m a little concerned about the fan. it’s going to create additional noise and break down.

    • PiRat

      Replace it with a xilence or fractal fan then…

  • I have pre-ordered to Europe and can’t wait to get my hands on it 🙂

  • just being realistic

    Sadly, this thing will not succeed. I don’t care how many they’ve already sold. Who is gonna spend time coding for a console that they can’t make money off of? If they do indeed charge for games, they stands no chance against piracy

  • S.Ober

    Openness yeah right Xbox controllers all the way. Not impressed.

  • Jeff “Big Red”

    Plug it in to see if it works? really? Although they do say that there is no games on it yet so……

  • I wonder what wireless protocol those controllers use… if they are bluetooth then they should make them compatible with any android device with BT so they can sell those by themselves for tablets and other devices. 🙂

  • brkshr

    Hopefully this helps Android phones/tablets get better games as well.

  • Timothy McGovern

    Oh, it says OUYA. They sold me on that one. I wish my xbox could do that.

    • Dirk Dryweather-McFloogle

      Oh, YOU!

  • I wishin’ and hopin’ and dreamin’ and prayin’ that this thing is as good as it is on paper. Neo Geo, Genesis, SNES, XBMC?! I’ll be in heaven for $99.

  • Games on Android are taking up more and more space. How is 8 GB going to be sufficient for a game machine? It doesn’t look like it has expandable storage.

    • i think its like they said, you can open it and put some more storage in, mess around with the hardware. but i dont know, just guessing

      • j__h

        I doubt you can put more internal memory… but an sd card is an option.

      • i’d guess micro sd or flash sticks. but micro sd because the transfer ratings are higher. but for a DEV console thats a nice package, look at the pix of the 360 and ps3 DEV units and you can see what i am talking about.

    • j__h


    • Butters619

      Do those USB ports on the back except USB Flash Drives? If so, that could do it. Agree though, 8GB is paltry.

    • TheCheapGamer

      Are we talking about the Nexus 4? :p

    • michael arazan

      You lose in app purchases when you uninstall games, was this a factor working with mobile gaming partners and only having 8 gb storage, I wonder. Think I’ll just wait and save for the New Xbox 720 that is releasing in 2013

    • Nathan Buth

      I am guessing that that is just the amount of memory on the developer model. You typically put the bate bones minimum in them so that they are an affordable unit to developers and so that you cab ease yourself into manufacturing. More than likely the official version will have 32+GB of memory.

  • Sean Wood

    Clear plastic please that’s freak’n awesome.. and seriously… i understand no games as of yet but you could have at least teased the UI.

    • PiRat

      You can see that in other videos.

  • JoshHenry

    did she say all games free? What kind of revenue is this going to generate? NONE

    • EvanTheGamer

      Free games to try, THEN you gotta buy ’em. Sure there will be freebies with IAP along the way though.

    • stupidllama

      all games will have free versions, it will generate revenue the same way the mobile market does (which is significantly more then NONE), some will have free and paid versions, some probably free with ads, some free with in-game purchases.

      • EvanTheGamer


    • She did say that but if you read up it means that all games will have a free to play component. I don’t know how the market will mesh with this concept, be it in app purchases, or just having a 1st level demo, but there is plenty of room for monetization.

    • imns

      Free to play – which means they could be ad supported and/or include the option to purchase additional content.. just like a lot of android games.

      I ordered mine during the kickstarter campaign witha second controller and cannot wait.

      For those worrying about out-dated specs look at consoles – they are always behind PC’s in terms of specs but since they focus on the game experience & less on the other things PC’s do they are still able to push a very good experience.

      Since this will be able to strip a lot of the functions needed in a cell phone but not a console AND not have to worry about battery drain the Tegra 3 should do just fine for a while.

      • EvanTheGamer

        Plus they said that OUYA will have JB installed and not ICS. I was thinking they would do that as it wouldn’t make much sense to have ICS running on it when it launches.

    • lgreg64

      the same way Google makes money.

    • JoshHenry

      Ohhh.. Makes sense all..

  • EvanTheGamer

    I absolutely cannot wait! I backed this project back in July, and couldn’t be more happier with that decision. Lots of great game companies have backed the OUYA, as well.

    I look forward to getting my unit in Spring of 2013!

  • J. Gilbertson

    “Let’s plug it in and see if it works, OUYA!”

  • Verizon

    I am really looking forward to this in its final release.

    • JDub

      Is that the same hand you use to fist your customers with?

      • Sparxx2k7

        Um, I think it’s just a troll-esque name….

        • JDub

          I was just using it as a chance to insert a joke about Verizon screwing their customers.

          • userjoe9066

            Well, you nailed it.

  • jvrcb17

    Hmmm… I’ll wait for a full review first.