There's Pretty Much No Reason To Buy A Ouya Anymore


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DirtyLarry

There's Pretty Much No Reason To Buy A Ouya Anymore

 

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First came the Ouya Android microconsole. Then came Mad Catz's M.O.J.O. Android microconsole. Today Mad Catz announces the M.O.J.O. microconsole will be playing host to Ouya content. I am so confused.
 
This is all due to Ouya's recent decision to allow the Ouya experience to be embedded in other Android devices. They call it Ouya Anywhere. It basically takes the software that runs the Ouya ? the storefront and such ? and turns it into an app for other devices.
 
So the M.O.J.O., a more powerful Android microconsole (it runs on Tegra 4 to the Ouya's Tegra 3 chip), now gives Android gamers access to all of the exclusive content the Ouya folks worked so hard to acquire. Plus all the existing Android games the Ouya couldn't play.
 
The M.O.J.O. console does cost twice as much as Ouya's physical presence, reduced today to $199, but it's far more powerful and comes with a much better controller.
 
Who needs a Ouya now? Nobody, really. This Ouya Anywhere initiative effectively kills any reason to buy the physical product.
 
But that's okay. Ouya CEO and founder Julie Uhrman, via official press release, is just pleased to take the box out of the console experience.
 
"Up until now, the game console experience has been locked inside a box," said Julie Uhrman, CEO and founder of OUYA. "Together with the hardware veterans at Mad Catz, we end that. Today's announcement signifies the inception of a truly open platform where independent developers can bring their creations to the platforms where gamers actually play: everywhere.
 
This is pretty much a total admission of defeat IMHO. The one thing the OUYA had going for it was its own little ecosystem. Opening that up to others really can be seen as them admitting they failed on their initial vision.
 
With that said, why MadCatz thinks anyone would pay $199 for that experience, even if their hardware is better than the OUYA's, is bewildering to myself. They clearly did not price it accordingly, again IMHO.
 
If someone is somehow still interested in the OUYA itself just PM me. I will sell my hardly used one for very cheap.  :laugh:
 
I really do need to explore what if anything the homebrew community was able to do with the OUYA itself. I am sure someone out there had to figure out some decent use for it by now. 
 
I still support the overall premise behind OUYA itself, but I think it is safe to completely say R.I.P. OUYA.  :pinch:
 
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protocol7

Did anyone buy these anyway?

This guy did:

 

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+Jester124

i have one... it works great with xbmc.  It even streams my 1080p content without any problems.  At $99 you can't go wrong and they are often on sale for $75 at my local Target.

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TruckWEB

I have one and it's collecting dust.  Crap controller, old Tegra 3.  I use it for the emulators, it's nice to play old games from other consoles...!

 

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The Evil Overlord

Actually, if it's a good media streamer for my pc..... :shifty:

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firey

I didn't know there was a reason to buy one in the first place.

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trooper11

Well an android gaming console was hard enough to sell @ $99, this madcatz model @ $199 has an even smaller chance of succeeding.

I just think that the core concept here is flawed. There simply is no demand from the gamers that would want a gaming console for an under powered device that is limited to android based games. Android as a gaming platform is not nearly as 'core' focused as would be needed to drive demand.

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_dandy_

I don't know.  If you don't have an Android device at all to begin with, the $99 console still makes sense to me.

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trooper11

Ok, maybe there is some demand, but I just dont think the demand is very high.

Until android as a platform is offering true 'core' gaming, there just isnt room for a gaming console that runs it beyond some sort of niche. Right now, its basically taking smartphone gaming and putting it on your TV.

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Dotdot

Could it be that the eco-system of micro-transactions and f2p have killed any shred of life android gaming had in it?

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Skyfrog

The only reason I would want one is for running emulators. I'm currently using an old softmodded Xbox which works really great for them, but it is kind of loud.

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+LostCat

I might consider the Madcatz one.  Ouya didn't seem worth the 100.

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Zlain

There was no demand for tablets and look how that turned out. I think this shows promise but I'd rather see a system where you could play steam and android games rather than one of the two. 

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trooper11

There was no demand for tablets and look how that turned out. I think this shows promise but I'd rather see a system where you could play steam and android games rather than one of the two.

The problem with that comparison is that a tablet is an all around device. Its not focused on a single use.

These android gaming consoles are focused on a single use and that means you wont see demand grow beyond that niche of gamers that want android gaming content.

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+Asmodai

I would say selling for half the price is a pretty good reason.  Sure a device that costs twice as much is going to be better.  Personally though I'd rather wait and see if the Vita TV is going to come to the U.S. then get a MadCatz M.O.J.O. if I were looking for a micro-console at all (which is a very small market to begin with).

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compl3x

"Any more" implies there was once a time when there was a reason. 

 

I have no doubt the makers were really enthusiastic and it seems they listened to user feedback, but that just might not be enough.

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Circaflex

This is not true at all, I have mine setup as an XBMC box and replaced my boxee box. For 70 bucks it made sense.

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n_K

The only reason I would want one is for running emulators. I'm currently using an old softmodded Xbox which works really great for them, but it is kind of loud.

Boot up XBMC and adjust the fan speed ;)

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DirtyLarry

Lack of DTS support made it not a very good XBMC solution for myself. I have a receiver and content capable of DTS, yet for whatever reason (unless they finally fixed it after months of no support) it did not support DTS. That made me fall back to my PS3 and Universal Media Server which does support DTS.

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Max Norris

The only reason I would want one is for running emulators. I'm currently using an old softmodded Xbox which works really great for them, but it is kind of loud.

Heh still got a couple of those laying around, did pretty well at the time for XBMC.. no HD and such but it worked.  (Retired, replaced by a central DVR which does videos now.)

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D. S.

Wait, were there even reasons to buy an OUYA at all? It was an Android phone that could output to HDMI. None of the games it had were good and it had a ton of scams going on in Kickstarter that milked their development funds for timed exclusives that weren't even worthy of being called shovelware.

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Alladaskill17

Was there ever a good reason to buy one? ;)

..no

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      From the watch screen, you can press the A button for five seconds to listen to the Mario Drawing Song, which was originally available in 2010 as a promotion for a Mario-themed contest in the Nintendo DSi application Flipnote Studio. The song is only available in English, but you can choose subtitles for different languages. Nintendo issued a warning prior to the release, though, as many non-English languages are mixed up and selecting one language will display the lyrics in another.

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      Another neat little bonus for Nintendo fans is the artwork that's displayed after the device has been idle for some time. After three minutes of inactivity, the Game & Watch goes to sleep, but before it does, you get to see some art of Mario and other characters, which varies depending on the time of day and what you were doing before the device was idle. The artwork depicts Mario and Luigi's outfits in the same colors as in the games featured in this package instead of their official colors, which gives them an interesting touch. These colors weren't even used for official artwork when the games released, so it's definitely an interesting decision by Nintendo.

      Conclusion
      The Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. is probably one of the coolest collectible items Nintendo has made. It's a wonderful blend of products that defined the early days of Nintendo's history in the gaming market, combining the premium-feeling design of the Game & Watch with the most iconic game of the 1980s. The color display is beautiful and a perfect fit for these titles, and the controls feel really good overall.



      I also love all the little extra bonuses thrown onto the package, like the clock, the special artwork, and the Game & Watch: Ball game. Plus, some of the options added to the games make it much easier to actually finish them, ditching the old-school approach of having to beat games in one go.

      The small and thin design can get a little uncomfortable for long play sessions, but it stays true to Game & Watch brand, and this is more of a collector's item than an ideal way to play these games in my view. I still think it's a great way to play them, and if you're a parent trying to introduce kids to the early days of Nintendo, then this will likely be a perfect fit for their small hands.



      It can be hard to justify or evaluate the price of a collectible. Like I said, it's not the absolute best way to play these games, and the fact that it only has these three games means it's definitely not meant to be compared with actual consoles. But the way it brings together elements of Nintendo's history, plus the bonuses thrown in here, do make this a fantastic device for die-hard Nintendo fans like myself. If you happen to be one, too, then I think the $50 price tag is definitely justified.

    • By LoneWolfSL
      Weekend PC Game Deals: Sample some space titles and early fall specials
      by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe

      Weekend PC Game Deals is where the hottest gaming deals from all over the internet are gathered into one place, every week, for your consumption. So kick back, relax, and hold on to your wallets.

      The bundle space received another fall bundle this week, as Humble brought around the Sweet Farm Fall Bundle carrying nine games.

      The three tiers begin with the $1 rung, which is offering Out There: Ω Edition and ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove plus its soundtrack. If you head up to the second tier by paying around $8 (current average price) you get several hits added to your collection, them being SUPERHOT, Moonlighter, and Chuchel Cherry Edition.

      The third and final tier comes in at $12, and its innards contain A Hat in Time, Sigma Theory: Global Cold War, Necronator: Dead Wrong, and Coffee Talk.

      If you're a virtual reality headset owner, you probably wouldn't want to miss out on Humble's Fall VR bundle from last week, which comes in with hits like The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners, Zero Caliber VR, and I Expect You to Die.



      Another double giveaway is primed and ready to be claimed by you at the Epic Games Store this weekend. The Textorcist has been replaced by Elite Dangerous and The World Next Door as the latest freebies.

      Elite Dangerous arrives as a multiplayer space simulator title that offers the Milky Way galaxy as your playground. Recently, its Horizons expansion became a part of the base game, giving everyone access to ground-based missions. Meanwhile, The World Next Door is a mix between a visual novel and a fast-paced puzzle game that follows the adventures of Jun, a teenager stuck in a parallel universe.

      You can grab both games for free until November 26. As for what's coming next, MudRunner will be what's on offer after the current duo's promotion comes to an end.

      It appears that the sole free event that's currently running is for Cloud Imperium Games' in-development title Star Citizen. The space simulation game has gone free-to-play until December 2, and throughout the event, it is also offering over 100 ships to try out for no charge.

      Big Deals
      The Steam Autumn Sale should be just about here, so you may want to hold off on any big purchases before the promotion opens its doors. Still, if you can't wait at all, see below for our highlights for this weekend. Quite a few games of major publishers like Microsoft, Ubisoft, and EA, are on sale currently, but keep in mind all of them offer subscription services with most of their wares too.

      Watch Dogs Legion – $44.99 on Ubisoft Store Wasteland 3 – $40.19 on Microsoft Store Forza Horizon 4 – $29.99 on Microsoft Store Marvel's Avengers – $29.99 on Steam This Land Is My Land - Early Access – $29.99 on Steam Halo: The Master Chief Collection – $25.99 on Microsoft Store STAR WARS Jedi: Fallen Order – $23.99 on Origin STAR WARS: Squadrons – $21.59 on Fanatical Tell Me Why – $20.09 on Microsoft Store DOOM Eternal – $17.99 on GamesPlanet Pathologic 2 – $17.49 on Steam Shenmue 3 – $15.99 on Fanatical Moving Out – $14.99 on Steam Ori and the Will of the Wisps – $14.99 on Microsoft Store Cuphead – $14.99 on Humble Store Paradise Killer – $14.99 on Humble Store Titanfall Collection – $14.30 on Steam Cloudpunk – $13.39 on Steam Ghost Recon Breakpoint – $13.20 on GreenManGaming Embr - Early Access – $11.99 on Fanatical Command & Conquer Remastered Collection – $11.99 on Fanatical Children of Morta – $10.99 on Steam My Time At Portia – $10.19 on Steam Gears 5 – $9.99 on Microsoft Store Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition – $9.99 on Microsoft Store Battletoads – $9.99 on Microsoft Store The Division 2 – $9.00 on Ubisoft Store Fable Anniversary – $8.74 on Humble Store Splinter Cell Blacklist – $7.50 on Ubisoft Store Book of Demons – $6.24 on Steam Darkest Dungeon – $6.24 on Humble Store theHunter: Call of the Wild – $5.99 on Steam Garfield Kart - Furious Racing – $4.49 on Steam Trials Rising – $3.99 on Steam Life is Strange Complete Season – $3.99 on Steam Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Director's Cut – $2.99 on Steam Sleeping Dogs – $2.99 on Steam Dungeon Siege Collection – $2.99 on Steam Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance – $2.59 on Steam Just Cause 2 – $1.49 on Steam Downwell – $0.98 on Steam Deus Ex: Game of the Year Edition – $0.97 on Steam Thief Gold – $0.97 on Steam The World Next Door – $0 on Epic Store Elite Dangerous – $0 on Epic Store DRM-free Goodness
      Your DRM-free serving of deals this weekend from GOG carries games from a wide variety of genres. It even has a large Made in Poland sale going on. See our highlights below:

      Dying Light: The Following – Enhanced Edition - $17.99 on GOG Shenmue III - $16.99 on GOG CARRION - $14.99 on GOG The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - GOTY Edition - $14.99 on GOG Frostpunk - $10.19 on GOG SPORE Collection - $7.49 on GOG Call of Juarez: Gunslinger - $5.99 on GOG The Vanishing of Ethan Carter - $4.99 on GOG Banner Saga - $4.99 on GOG Monster Prom - $3.71 on GOG TrickStyle - $2.99 on GOG Sid Meier’s Pirates! - $2.49 on GOG Jagged Alliance 2 - $1.99 on GOG Hatoful Boyfriend - $1.99 on GOG Dungeon Keeper 2 - $1.49 on GOG Populous: The Beginning - $1.49 on GOG Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri Planetary Pack - $1.49 on GOG Syndicate Plus - $1.49 on GOG Theme Hospital - $1.49 on GOG Keep in mind that availability and pricing for some deals may vary depending on the region you're in.

      And that is it for our pick of this weekend's PC game deals folks, and hopefully, some of you have enough self-restraint to not add even more games to your growing backlogs this fall season. Of course, there is an enormous amount of more deals ready and waiting all over the internet if you comb through it hard enough, so keep your eyes open for those, and have a fantastic weekend.