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#1 compl3x

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 12:54


An early handful of Ouya reviews have popped up online as the system makes its way into the hands of early adopters. There's been a steady buzz revolving around the highly hackable, Android-based home console, but initial reactions have been lukewarm at best.


Although the machine seems to have some decent points, common complaints include a seemingly unfinished user interface, hardware that feels cheap in the hand, and a worrying amount of lag between the controller and the console. Engadget and The Verge both bring heavy criticism to the table, and ultimately advise against an investment at this stage.


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Posted 06 April 2013 - 13:35

why does everything have to feel expensive in the hand, frig if it works who cares

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 13:46

I personally don't see the point in this kind of device (and I'm not talking about your typical console like PS3/360/etc). Most of these games are already available on phones/tablets - just don't see the necessity to play "mobile" games on my TV. I'd rather have a full fledged console experience with better graphics and higher quality games than a **** poor mobile gaming experience.

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 13:46

ny feeling expensive they mean, feels like quality. if it doesn't feel like quality or "cheap" it means it is crap quality. the controller is cheap plastic with terrible battery covers, one of which is so badly placed and made the stick snags in the edge of it, it's a terrible idea of have a split in the plastic between two separate pieces in such a location in the first place.

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 13:47

The machine hasn't had it's official launch. All the units going out at the moment are those for the backers, they aren't even being sent out as review machines. So pulling it apart when there are still months till launch where they can fix issues seems a little premature really.

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 13:51

I personally don't see the point in this kind of device (and I'm not talking about your typical console like PS3/360/etc). Most of these games are already available on phones/tablets - just don't see the necessity to play "mobile" games on my TV. I'd rather have a full fledged console experience with better graphics and higher quality games than a **** poor mobile gaming experience.


Most people don't . so far at BEST 60 thousand people bought it, if everyone who backed it backed enough for a unit. that's one week of sales for any other console.it's not doing as well as everyone claims. and I doubt we'll see a massive pickup when it actually releases for sale. casuals don't care about it and gamers don't care. the only ones who care are the arduino/Raspberry crowd. and they're not going to carry it, certainly not as a gaming device. and as a media hub, both controllers and keyboard are terrible media center controllers, and then you're better of buying a dedicated media hub that doesn't lag and has a nice working remote setup.

The machine hasn't had it's official launch. All the units going out at the moment are those for the backers, they aren't even being sent out as review machines. So pulling it apart when there are still months till launch where they can fix issues seems a little premature really.


It's not going to fix the hardware faults. and many of the software issues are deeply rooted and won't be fixed in that timeframe and many not ever.

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 14:02

Still waiting on my Ouya to be shipped.... Still, for $99, what more could you expect?

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 14:07

I don't expect the world at that price, but I expect it to be functional. I absolutely hate the controller. It is shoddy at best, and that is being nice. I'm ok with the software issues, as those can be, and likely will be fixed. I don't know why I bought it, and I likely won't keep it for a long while either. There is nothing it can do that many other of my devices can't and don't do better. But I do like playing with new toys.

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 14:12

it uses the same CPU as surface RT though ...

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 14:23

What were people really expecting for under a hundred bucks? You're getting a console that's pretty much more powerful than the Wii, supports 1080p has a full featured controller (with touchpad), provides free demos for all games, allows developers to develop on the console for free, and allows multiplayer gaming. Who gives a crap if the console "feels low quality"?

I get the concerns about the UI, but that's nothing that a software update can't fix, and the games will come in time (any console maker that's not Sony or Microsoft or Nintendo is going to have a hard time getting exclusive games). The only real concern I have reading the reviews is the apparent controller lag that pops up occasionally (according to the Verge review). Hopefully that'll be removed by the time the console sees general release.

These reviews seem to have been done on the basis that the Ouya is competing with the PS4 or Nextbox or WiiU, and I think that's unfair. Even come general release (when I hope most of the fixes will be rolled out), It's like comparing a Raspberry Pi to a PC. Of course the Ouya is going to lose, but a console with many games for under $100? The PS4/Nextbox will be 3-4 times that price.

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 14:55

People should really read some of the comments on that review.

.......Ouya doesn’t actually release until June 4. Reviewing the kickstarter unit kinda misses the point— these guys got in two months early because they backed it. The hardware is final, but Ouya promises a lot more software in June.
IMO, it is completely unfair to review a pre-release product when its viability completely hinges on the software.


I think the reviews coming out are premature. Anyone on the fence about weather or not they would buy
an Ouya should reserve their judgement for the retail package. (The one people can actually buy)

I'm still buying one regardless of reviews. I'm a fan of indie gaming, and I don't need
a game to have the latest and greatest graphics for me to enjoy it. Plus having xbmc really makes this crazy good media device.
I do hope they get that controller lag under control before they go retail as I see this as a serious issue.

I think people really need to adjust their expectations for the Ouya. Its not going to compete with Xbox, Playstation, or Wii (U) but
there are gamers who can appreciate the kind of games that will come to this device.

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 15:09

I hope they did go quiet because of this early coverage. Then once they iron out the manufacturing and improve on the software they can come back and say, yea, we heard you. This is what we've done. The worst thing they can do is a 3RLOD scenario and launch before they iron out manufacturing qualms. If they ignore this and don't respond to it by launch nobody will bother with the ouya, $100 android devices are becoming more common, and playing across several different ones using your play store purchases is always a bonus.

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 15:14

I am buying one.. only for XBMC thought.. =)

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 17:58

There is nothing it can do that many other of my devices can't and don't do better.


This sums it up, really.

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 02:39


By now, you've probably come across a review or two for the Android-based OUYA console. The current version of this system that was sent out to Kickstarter backers has been criticized for a number of issues, ranging from a lacking software library to an undesirable user interface and controller. Generally, it sounds like what you might expect to find as an early adopter.


"We will be making OUYA review units available in early to mid-May so that you are able to review the more complete consumer experience and prepare your coverage in time for the June 4th retail launch," a representative told GamesIndustry International. "To clarify for you -- OUYA has sent no review units out to press. Any reviews you have seen online are a result from individuals who received early backer units from supporting our Kickstarter."


This rep said the current phase will be used "to test our eco-system and fine-tune the experience" for the wider OUYA audience. "The software, store, games will continue to evolve and grow, and as early backers who have exclusive access during this period before launch, we want you to be a part of that process," reads a post on the official blog. We'll be watching.


Ouya responds to negative reviews [GamesIndustry International]



http://www.destructo...ws-250969.phtml


The software issues might be solvable, but the hardware isn't going to change.

It seems like the backers, the people who made it possible, are the ones also doing beta testing :laugh:



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