OUYA: A New Kind of Video Game Console by OUYA — Kickstarter

July 10th, 2012 § 8 comments

Hands down the coolest Android product I’ve seen yet. The first good example I’ve seen of the so called “open” advantage. Obviously there is no way this could be done with iOS which is a damn shame.


Controller for the OUYA

A comment from Alfred made me realize that I need to clarify what I meant. I have never been one to advocate open software as an ends in it of itself. While it can be a means to an end I usually find that the finished product is lacking in basic usability. I realize this is a dramatic over simplification and there are exceptions but in my opinion they are exceptions that prove the rule.

In the case of OUYA1 the benefit I see is that they have been able to leverage an existing platform to create a console that already has thousands of games on it! Granted most of those games will probably need to be updated to work with a controller but this console has a huge advantage over previous attempts to create an open console. Namely that they are not asking developers to learn a new platform or create new games for their platform. They are merely asking them to modify their existing software to work with a different control set. If these same developers like the console then perhaps they will start building apps specifically for it using the knowledge they have already attained building Android games. They also don’t have to worry about distribution or online credit card transactions which are both pretty big hurdles.

When I said “there is no way this could be done with iOS” I did not mean to imply that there won’t be a way to play iOS games on your TV. I fully expect Apple to update their AppleTVs to allow third party apps to be installed, including games obviously. This system will be far superior to the current Airplay method of playing games which I find to have way too much latency to be enjoyable. I don’t expect it to be a particularly great console though and because Apple doesn’t license iOS nobody else will be able to come along and leverage the iOS app store to build a better one.

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§ 8 Responses to OUYA: A New Kind of Video Game Console by OUYA — Kickstarter"

  • Alfred Morgan says:

    > The first good example I’ve seen of the so called “open” advantage.
    Since when did you become an open advocate? This project will go by the way side like all the other open game consoles. The masses don’t care about open. They care about easy results.

    > No way this could be done with iOS
    Really? You don’t think Apple is going to do this with AppleTV? Not the open source part but the TV console for iOS apps. People will be so busy buying iOS Apple TV apps that they won’t even know what the fuss is about this “open” stuff, what’s open anyways? Who cares; I’m playing TinyWings on my AppleTV; don’t bother me.

    I don’t need to mention Google TV.

    • Thomas Paine says:

      I updated my post, does it answer your questions?

      • Alfred Morgan says:

        Much clearer thanks. I wonder why this can’t just be a standardized joystick bluetooth controller which would work on any android device.
        Get a Google TV, get the bluetooth controller from Amazon, get a game that supports the standard bluetooth joystick interface. Done.
        There, I just saved millions of dollars for the people.

        • Thomas Paine says:

          Well the OUYA console is only going to cost $99 and I’m assuming it will have hardware more optimized for gaming.

          • Alfred Morgan says:

            Nope. Nothing special. It’s got a Tegra 3 which is what is used on Asus, Acer, and Toshiba tablets.
            Might as well make a $99 standard Google TV + standard controller and sell it as a console package. I don’t see the need to further fragment this space.

          • Thomas Paine says:

            It’s Android. Fragmentation is what they do best.

    • Thomas Paine says:

      While I agree with the author’s assumption that Ouya is dead, one only need look back at the first reviews, I disagree with his fundamental outlook on gaming. Reading some of his other articles it strikes me that he has a bias towards the existing console market. So entrenched are the existing players that disruption is not going to come from outside players like Amazon and Apple. People said the same thing about the smartphone market in 2007:


      The ability to play a game on your TV, save it the cloud and pick it up again while in line at the bank is huge. The graphics may never reach parity with dedicated gaming machines but the Wii provided that graphics aren’t everything. Heck, consoles in general prove that as they continue to reach more customers than PC gaming.

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