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Video: Developer Delivers In-depth Overview of OUYA Gaming Console

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Now that developer units of the OUYA gaming console have started to arrive at the homes and offices of developers, it only makes sense that at least one would upload a full hands-on with the device. In this series of videos, by the developer of a game called Deadly Dungeons, we get a look at the UI of OUYA, how controllers perform, how settings can be setup, what Android looks like on the device, and get an idea as to how “beta” or “alpha” this early version is. 

The first video of the “interface” is easily the most interesting that we have included below. The UI is on display, which even I’ll admit looks very nice. It desperately needs some polish, but the OUYA team has time to make that happen. As you’ll see through the 17-minute video, there are bits and pieces of Android that will look familiar, such as the WiFi screen and browser. One thing we’re confused about, is why they chose the phone UI of Android over the tablet UI. You’ll notice during his browser and YouTube test, that the device clearly thinks the device is a smartphone and not a tablet, something I hope they change.

As a reminder, these OUYA dev units do not come equipped with games, other than a test build of something and then whatever the developer wants to put on it. You do get to see gameplay of Deadly Dungeons, however, it’s a portrait-style game, so it looks a bit odd on a big screen.

This dev pointed out something that surprises us as well – the fact that the controller doesn’t have a Start, Select, or Menu button whatsoever. Since it’s running Android, this seems like a major oversight. As is noted during gameplay of his game, the dev shows that there is no way to exit or bring up a menu in his game, something he’ll have to code in to make it fully compatible with OUYA. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it something to think about.

Last, there is a section for “Store” where we assume the OUYA team will look to feature and sell games that they have partnered with. I’m not exactly sure how or if OUYA will ever get Google Play on this device, so at this point, I’m a bit skeptical as to how robust this system can be.

It’s definitely a development worth keeping an eye on.

Interface Overview:

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Console Overview:

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Hooking the Beast Up:

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Via: Slash Gear

  • Neo

    way to white-list your MAC, then display it for the world to see…idiot

  • Knlegend1

    I took a nap on his game

  • David Santiago

    I can play my games on big screen now in HD as well. This will never compete with the major game consoles so what is the point? 2013 Tech flops.

  • GardenVarietyMadman

    If this passes muster as a network media player than it’ll be worth it for that alone

  • Twofourturbo

    I think “Green Throttle” is having a better approach for Android gaming by just using the potable android device you carry around every day instead of creating a complete new box just for that.. Anyone agree?

  • aj522

    The problem I noticed for me would be this. I run my audio through my receiver using a spdif cable, and run an hdmi cable for video to my tv, doesn’t look like that is possible with this.

    • Craig

      While it’s not an excuse, this is why when I put my theater together I made sure my tv and receiver supported the audio return channel. This allows my tv to pass audio to the receiver on the same hdmi cable that is supplying video from the reciever (which is 100ft from my tv connected with hdmi over cat6 adapters).

      This way, if I have to hook something up to the tv (say a game console with wired controllers) it still feeds audio to the receiver.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=513574613 Jeremy Michael Hobbs

    I think excitement for this thing is going to tank before launch. It’s already gone down to a simmer, versus the rolling boil that it was when it was announced. It’s not going to play nicely with the Android eco system, will not be able to fight Sony and Microsoft for shelf space, and that hardware is going to look very dated sooner than most think. What about major publisher support? Is it going to play Madden and CoD?

    I see very little reason to get this versus hooking up a a tablet or phone via hdmi. The target customer they’re shooting for probably has at least one of each (with better specs) laying in a drawer. BT controller, and boom. Games, music, movies, books/mags, the entire internet, etc.

    Ouya = $29.99 in clearance sections by fall.

    • kixofmyg0t

      I was excited about OUYA before. Actually I was a bit worried that it was a serious player against traditional consoles. But after seeing the direction they’re going from the dev unit……I’m not one bit worried now.

      Its gonna tank HARD.

      EDIT: That controller is horrible. Unless I can use a SIXAXIS I’m never gonna even consider buying a OUYA. Also they have to come down on the price a bit. I’d consider it if it was $50, anything more and I’d just keep using my phones or tablet.

  • ha

    I didn’t know Owen Wilson was a developer

  • ddevito

    Please someone stop calling this an Android console. It’s Android based, as in open source.

    Get over it.

    • Tony Allen

      I think it’s definitely an Android console.. in the sense that it could obviously be hacked to run AOSP of some sorts and be used just like any other Android device in a more traditional manner.

      So how about you get over yourself lol

  • JulianZHuang

    The hardware will be outdated soon…

    • kane

      Already is

  • mgamerz

    Everytime he mispronounced OUYA I cringed.

  • bogy25

    Can’t wait to get mine

  • Bionicman

    i hope they dont make it so games would have to be compatible with Ouya. they need to make it so that all or at least most Play store games work with it right from the start. that would be the only compelling reason to get it..

    • http://twitter.com/LinkofHyrule89 Matthew

      That’s something that the individual game developers have to do not anything they Ouya people can do however it is odd there isn’t a start, back, or menu button on the controller. More than likely the system won’t come with the Play Store out of box because it’ll have it’s own store and I’m pretty sure that violates the terms of agreement that a company has to agree to in-able to pre-load the Google Apps but I’m sure that it will be pretty simple to side-load Gapps and root the device.

  • picaso86

    This build is too early to decided if I will buy it or not. Happy New Year!

  • master94

    I hope this gets Google TV also.

    • warcaster

      Not sure if Google TV is even open source. Anyone feel free to prove me wrong.

      • ddevito

        correct, Google TV is NOT open source.

        (Google’s biggest mistake)

  • EvanTheGamer

    I don’t know about anyone else, but I am quite excited about this new Android-based console. I backed it in August and I’ve been counting down the days to the launch. It’s been tough, but the wait is just about over. March 2013 is like literally right around the corner.

    The OUYA looks very, very promising, and it’ll be quite different to actually play Android games on the big screen for once(even though you can do that now, but still).

    I just want to know if we’ll be able to link up our Play Store(aka Android Market) accounts to the OUYA and then play all(or most) of our pre-exisiting games via the OUYA. I seriously hope so. But we shall see in the coming weeks and months.

    Can’t wait!

    • meijin3

      If it’s not a function that comes out of the box, I’m sure it will be in a custom ROM for it.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=513574613 Jeremy Michael Hobbs

        That’s a massive problem. You can’t mass market ‘Here’s our limited device, now you go void the warranty and do it like we should have in the first place!’ Modders make up a very small percentage of the user base; we tend to lose sight of that in the bubble of enthusiast web sites.

        • CamerooonG

          I remember the OUYA devs stating that rooting these will not void your warrany, and they actually encouraged it.

    • http://twitter.com/kirilv Kiril

      I feel quite different than that. I very much like the idea of an Android-based gaming console, but I think that Ouya has taken the wrong approach to doing it. I see it as the Kindle-equivalent for games — it’s running Android, but it is not meant to be Android — only Ouya has nothing currently to back it the way Amazon does.

      I was crazy about the idea at first, but the more I have seen and read, the less I am liking this. They seem to be adamant about building a system that is their own, rather than conforming to the regular facets of Android. Games do need to be built for the Ouya (or at least very strongly in mind), and I see that as both a good and bad thing. It’s good, because it means that crap games will stand out, and will either die or be reworked. However, there will be a lot of crap games. Also, the controllers are special (which, of course, they have to be, since Android does not have controllers out of the box), but that’s yet another thing for devs to do without promising returns.

      I hope I am wrong, but I think Ouya (or some other guys) need to do a much better job and being Android in order to attract both devs and users.

      • Eric Brissette

        That’s definitely true — they’re attempting to build a game console with its own ecosystem that’s heavily centered around gaming, rather than extending the Android ecosystem.

        I can see why some Android geeks (myself included) don’t find that particularly appealing, but to the general public/casual gamers, I can see how a $100 game console with free and cheap downloadable games could catch on. OUYA’s mission is to lower the barrier to entry into game development for TV/living room gaming.

        But have you seen what Valve has been up to lately?
        http://store.steampowered.com/bigpicture/
        http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2012/12/10/why-valves-steam-box-pc-console-will-be-a-game-changer/

        As much as I like Android, I don’t see how OUYA will be able to compete. For those that want a simple console, Steam Box will be available available, and who knows, it might run Linux, if not now, than most likely in a future version. For those that want to provide their own hardware, just install Steam on whatever hardware you have available, and plug it into your TV. On top of that, Steam already has a 50million+ user gaming community ready to go.

        Forget OUYA, I’m interested in seeing what kind of chunk Valve is going to take out of Sony and Microsoft.

        And for those of you who say you’ll just load custom ROMs on the thing, I think you’re missing the point. If all I cared about was running AOSP on a small computer hooked up to my TV, I’d buy something like this:
        http://www.hardkernel.com/renewal_2011/main.php

  • Butters619

    You remember the little Sega chime? I wish they would make an Ouya one when you turn on this console. “OOUU-YAAAA”

    /I have to work today so I am losing my mind

    • Joey Funk

      They have that. Its kind of a skyrim-esque shout ooou-yah! I like it, and it is actually half the reason I’m considering buying it, the other half being so I can use emulators, android apps and streaming services on my tv without losing my phone to the tv everyday when I get home.