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OUYA - the Android-powered Console Review - The UI and the Games

OUYA - the Android-powered Console Review

Can the Kickstarter-funded, $99, Android-powered OUYA console change gaming? Not yet.

| Editorials in Gaming | Posted: Aug 13, 2013 10:19 pm
TweakTown Rating: 60%      Manufacturer: OUYA

The UI

 

I didn't expect much from the UI after using the controller, and after all, it's a $99 console. But, the UI is actually refreshing and very slim. There's four menus: Play, Discover, Make and Manage. Discover is where you'll spend most of your time - looking at all of the goodies and games you can buy and play.

 

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Going into Discover, you'll find it's just absolutely cluttered. Actually discovering games isn't as easy as it should be, and it doubles up on so many of the games it's not funny. It feels like there are hundreds of games in to 'discover', but there's not.

 

Getting into and out of games was quicker than I had anticipated. I didn't expect much from the console in terms of speed, but we do have some great little tech soldered into this tiny console. The UI is intuitive, but the OUYA console itself has plenty of updates that get blasted to it. The first of which was right out of the box, where the console locked up and provided an error message before downloading the update again.

 

Then, on the last day of testing the device, a new update became available and the same error happened. It rebooted, downloaded the entire update again, updated, and was fine. This shouldn't happen twice in a row.

 

 

The Games

 

The games on OUYA are mostly simple type of games, but there is plenty in there to tickle most gamers' buttons. Games such as Sonic, right up to proper first-person shooters that use the power of NVIDIA's Tegra 3 SoC are ready for you.

 

There's plenty of free titles, but nothing, absolutely nothing caught my attention. I wasn't that happy with the array of games available on the OUYA console. There were a few games that I didn't mind playing, but there was not a single game that made me sit somewhere and think "I'd love to fire up my OUYA right now and play this game," not one at all.

 

I truly think OUYA needed a killer app on the console, something that would at least keep gamers' attention for 30 minutes or more. It doesn't have it.

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