I backed the OUYA close to day one on Kickstarter, back in July of 2012. Fast forward to July 2013, and we're here with a review on one of Kickstarter's most successful devices.
OUYA is from the mind of Julie Uhrman, who raised millions on Kickstarter to get the Android-funded console to the market. After months and months of waiting, it's finally here, but it really isn't what I expected.
If you're expected a glorious, positive-filled review, you might want to close your browser tab, because I'm not that impressed. I've read some other reviews on OUYA, which were positive, but there just isn't much to talk about when it comes to OUYA.
Specifications, Pricing and Availability
For just $99, you do get a decently powerful Android-based console. First off, we have an NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor, 1GB of LPDDR2 RAM, 8GB of on-board flash storage, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth LE 4.0, and HDMI to connect to your TV (or display).
Moving onto the controller specifications, we have a single wireless controller included in the OUYA box, which works on 2.4GHz RF. The controller itself includes the "standard game controls", which consist of: two analog sticks, d-pad, eight action buttons and a system or 'OUYA' button.
The controller is quite easy to open up to install the AA batteries. I would've preferred to have had a rechargeable controller, but I'm sure the team at OUYA were just trying to keep the costs down, and not supplying rechargeable lithium-ion batteries would definitely be a cost-saver.
Moving into the final piece of the specifications: Software. We have Android 4.0 running on the OUYA console, with a custom TV user interface. It looks great, it's sleek and easy to navigate, too. There's an integrated custom game store included as well. You can root the OUYA without voiding warranty, as the OUYA team are happy for you to mess around with their Android-powered device.
I do wish I could run standard Android apps from the Google Play Store on OUYA, as that would've opened up a gigantic door for the company. Locking themselves to just OUYA titles, really hurts.
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