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Android-Powered OUYA Gaming Console Now on Sale, $99 Through Multiple Retailers

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This morning, OUYA finally hit the retail market after months of us watching the console go from a small Kickstarter project to a full-on Android-powered gaming system, complete with cool looking controller, of course. The device is priced at $99 and can be found out a good list of retail outlets. For the most part, it appears to be sold out at Amazon and Target, but I saw a few on the Best Buy website and GameStop site if you weren’t able to pre-order one. 

The OUYA is powered by NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 chip, one of the more popular processors from 2012. With the purchase of each console comes a single controller, with additional controllers on sale for $50.

We are still awaiting our pre-ordered OUYA to show up so we can take it for a spin, so keep your eyes open for that.

Did you get one? Will you get one?

Via: OUYA

  • J Dub

    I have been looking for an Android powered solution to replace the Roku for a while now. I have been looking at the cheap dual-core Android TV boxes, but they just don’t handle Netflix and Hulu + very well. Hoping to hear that the top streaming services will come to this eventually. They need to design a bluetooth mouse keyboard combo for this too. If they would have marketed this as a game console AND a Android based HTPC if would crush. I like the idea of the cheap Android TV boxes for getting things like Facebook and Pandora on the cheap in the bedroom. Not to mention email and web surfing.

  • Fun Facts

    Ouya is Danish for “loser”

  • Chad

    was seriously considering one t’ill they announced Project M.O.J.O. I just like the fact Google Play’s available right out the box, it’s Tegra 4 and it uses a kickazZ MadCatz controller

    http://www.slashgear.com/mad-catz-project-m-o-j-o-android-gaming-console-tips-tegra-4-11286051/

  • Perv Bear

    Humble ouya bundle spend 101 or more and get an ouya.

  • Shaftway

    Google Play Store is definitely not supported out of the box. It may get there eventually via the hacker community, but Ouya won’t make it easy and it’s a complicated app.

    This also means Google Play Services won’t run, as that’s tied to the Play Store. No Google-based cloud saves, achievements, leaderboards, multiplayer, etc.

  • ChrisCorp

    I have had the Ouya for about a month now and, while it may not be the greatest thing out there for playing games, it certainly holds its own while providing fast and easy indie games for cheap.

    Just so this doesn’t turn into a review, I have to ask, those of you who have one/bought one, do you know of any good Ouya sites for tips and tricks to modding your Ouya? Things like running emulators, running ROM games, tricks to finding the best games, tips on playing some games?

    • imns

      Finding emulators is not an issue – there are several in the ouya store. I played both Star Fox 64 & Super Mario 64 last night. MArio was flawless. Star Fox was great once I got used to the controller.

      Finding roms is not something to be discussed here.

      As for modding the Ouya, it has been a slow process thus far – best place to look will be XDA Developers.

      • Perv Bear

        Well there are many people who have not got a chance to tinker, hopefully in store stock is good can be an impulse buy for many.

  • ahhh yes

    why dont these things have a browser? Like the roku? i know google tv does but thats it, right

    • Perv Bear

      Should be able to install one but unless you connect a keyboard no point.

      • ahhh yes

        people say that about the roku but my phone works as a controller which you can use the full keyboard. it works nicely. plus the ouya has bt so a bt keyboard should work, no?

    • willie

      there is one on it. go to make. then software and then browser

  • r0lct

    As a KS back and owner IMO it’s current value is about in the $35-$50 range depending on the user. I think there’s tremendious potential that all us KS backers were sold on, however they have yet to deliver on the games which is the gap between the $50 value and the actual price.

    No it isn’t a POS or DOA, however it does have an uphill battle if it wants to compete in order to get to survive past a novelty device.

    So if they can deliver on some solid games (even if just ports) over the next few months they can easily make it worth the money.

    If you aren’t into modding or sideloading, I would hold off for now.

    • Perv Bear

      Same can be said for most new consoles, how many games do new consoles have? Usually not that many how long did it take ios or android to build its library? And it can gain games pretty fast as many games can be put on the system with some tweaks from the developer

      • r0lct

        I haven’t found one game that would make me feel comfortable recommending it to anyone.
        Usually consoles launch with at least 2 or 3 titles to sell the system.

        • http://www.twitter.com/iwinrar iWinRar

          Well most devas usually have more time with a dev unit before launch. 6 months or less is not much time, give it until about Xmas or a bit after before you write it off.

          • r0lct

            I’m not, that’s why I said hopefully they put out some good games, even if ports, in the next few months. I already spent the $100, I have no desire to write them off prematurely.

  • toyosup88

    I got netflix working on mine but its a pain to use with the controller. Not very many play store apps work well…

    • Perv Bear

      You can use a keyboard and mouse

      • willie

        i use a usb hub and it works great

  • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

    Android games are, compared to the major consoles and PC, lame. Until Android games can give people the immersive, amazing gameplay, graphics, and story that major gaming platforms can deliver, Ouya really has no place in the market right now.

    Sure, if you like FPS games, Android has some good ones. The Modern Combat series is decent, Shadowgun Deadzone is great, but none of those can hold a candle to the 800 pound gorillas like Call of Duty or Halo. Show me a 3D platformer on Android that can even sniff a game like Super Mario Galaxy 2. Show me an adventure game on Android that rivals something like Darksiders II or just about any Legend of Zelda game. You see my point. Gaming on Android and iOS just isn’t there. People don’t want to play Where’s My Water (another great game BTW) on their 42″ plasma. No one wants to use their living room TV to play lame social games with in-app purchases. Games for Android and iOS are geared toward phones because that’s where the overwhelming majority of people play those games, and that’s not likely to change any time in the forseeable future.

    The creators of Ouya seem to have forgot one basic rule of marketing. Know your role. They clearly don’t. If Ouya wants to be taken seriously by gamers, they should have launched with some kind of installment of a major, name-droppable franchise that is only available on Ouya’s market and not on Google Play or Amazon Market. That would have turned more heads than their little E3 publicity stunt.

    I’ll pass until Ouya has games that provide me a good alternative to a PS4, Xbox One, or Wii U.

    • r0lct

      tl;dr
      He still thinks an Ouya is meant to compete with PC/PS/XB and doesn’t get it.

      • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

        I would certainly hope it’s not meant to compete with the big boys, because it clearly doesn’t. But the more important question to ask is…if it’s not trying to compete with the big boys, then what market is it trying to tailor itself to? There are two markets in gaming…the big boys, and mobile. Ouya has no place in either of those segments, so is it trying to carve out its own market?

        • r0lct

          There was no real market for an tablet before Apple created it. That’s what they are trying to do, create a market for casual gamers who want to play on their TVs and don’t want to pay $400+.

          I’m not saying it is going to work, but it’s clear they are trying to create a new market and not compete in the PC/PS/XB one.

          • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

            We’ll see how it plays out, I guess. If they succeed, I’ll definitely buy one. But in the end, games sell systems. So Ouya needs to give me some games that I can’t get a better version of on a major platform. That will probably sway me, and a lot of other gamers too. :)

          • Perv Bear

            A bandwagoner good to know.

          • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

            When it comes to something like Ouya, yep. Shameless bandwagoner. I have no need for one until there’s good games. Why buy a gaming console until it has games you actually want to play?

        • Ty Johannssenn

          It can’t even compete with my phone which happens to play games and videos.

          • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

            Exactly. Honestly, Ouya is the greatest idea since New Coke.

    • T4rd

      I think most people just intend to make this a dedicated legacy game console emulator system and maybe a media service hub for streaming media from their local network and also from subscribsion services like Netflix, Hulu, Pandora, etc.

      But I still don’t see the point in using it for that, for me anyways, since I have a smart TV, a 360, and PS3 that can natively support LAN/DLNA streaming and other popular media services. And I have a small laptop (M11x) that I occasionally use for emulators on my TV when I want to play some on it (though it is kind of a pain to use since you can’t control Windows with a game controller, I know there’s software out there to remedy this though).

      I agree with what you’re saying too; there aren’t really any good games on Android that you would want to play on your TV, esp. when you already have any current gen gaming console hooked up to it. Android is a mobile OS, so games are going to mostly be geared for mobile user who just want a time waster while they’re away from home. If I’m at home and want to play a game on my TV, it’s not going to be Angry Birds or even Modern Combat, it’s going to be The Last of Us (AMAZING GAME BTW, just beat it), Gears of War, CoD, Uncharted, God of War or something else worthy of playing on my TV.

  • b00sted

    mine streams xbmc OK, am I impressed by it? not at all.. would I suggest buying it? nope.. not least till they actually let it become “hacker friendly” like their huge pitch was all about.. http://forums.ouya.tv/discussion/1380/recovery-mode

  • imns

    I backed this on kickstarter too. I received my Ouya about a month ago. Yes, the software was crap when it shipped but they have been pushing out OTA updates and there have been significant improvements. Is it perfect? No but it is definitely enjoyable. I haven’t experienced any lag or other issues since the last update.

    As respects pre-orders – As far as I am aware, only kickstarter backers were promised delivery before retail launch.

    Sideloading games is beyond simple – most that I have tried work well while others weren’t designed for controllers so mileage may vary.

    It isn’t the most powerful piece of kit on the market but it wasn’t designed to be. That said, it does a very nice job considering it doesn’t have to worry about battery drain.

    It also does a killer job running emulators – most of which are available in Ouya’s own store.

    Google Play isn’t available yet but I’m sure it will be hacked soon enough.

    • Rocco Martino

      as soon as someone uses the phrase “piece of kit” i know their opinion is worthless.

  • Fail Finder

    My phone can already do this and connect to TV. The ouya is about $100 overpriced. However, I was impressed by their booth at E3…in a parking lot…across the street…behind a tour bus.

    • r0lct

      I don’t think they aren’t trying to sell to people who hook their phones to their Tvs. All 1% of Android users I would guess who do that.

  • DigitalEnforcer

    I had a Kickerstarter Ouya console. Used it for a day and then put it up on ebay. It’s pure crap. The UI was the slowest and laggiest I’ve ever seen and the games that were on there didn’t even run well. Now with them probably putting out a OUYA 2 next summer with the next version of the Tegra processor, I suggest you sell it and try and get your money back.

    • OuNah Migiliicutty

      Finally, an honest review from someone who actually made the mistake of buying one but quickly saw the light. Thanks.

  • leenephi

    It most definitely should run any Android apps.. and if not, they designed it to be hackable, so it should be possible eventually, if not. :P

    • feztheforeigner

      Can run any Android app in theory but it doesn’t have the backing of the Play Store so no, not all Android apps are accessible.

      • leenephi

        Oops! Roger that.

  • WAldenIV

    Are there any decent games?

  • Futbolrunner

    I was reading how Kickstarters are furious bc they have yet to receive theirs while it’s already available through retail stores.

    • DKDigitally

      I pre-ordered mine in December and also have yet to receive it. Needless to say as soon as I get it, this fucker is going back. I refuse to give my money to such a poorly run business that can’t keep it’s promises.

    • r0lct

      I believe it is just some countries orders that had this problem.

      • Perv Bear

        From the sounds of it its all from hong Kong… Ever order from china? 2-4 weeks

    • Shaftway

      I was in the first couple thousand, and I got mine about a week ago. I assume it’s because I had the audacity to add a second controller to my order. But the shipping situation was nothing short of a debacle. I hope they’ve learned not to do point-to-point shipping from Hong Kong, but their team doesn’t seem to realize that was a problem.

  • ddevito

    I think the chromekey will be more useful