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Submitted by Byeka 1037d ago | opinion piece

OUYA is Already Dead on Arrival

The early reviews of OUYA are out and they are not good. I never had any high hopes for OUYA and there are some obvious reasons for that. Hardware business is not something that you can start on some crowd funding website and even if you have started, you should take lesson from Sony and Microsoft, OUYA guys have no idea how punishing this business can be and even if money is not everything, OUYA does some horrible mistakes in the design department. (Android, Arcade, Casual games, Ouya, Tech)

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DaThreats  +   1037d ago
lol, I saw some other reviews praise it.

It takes time for games to show up with about all console releases. Also, their official launch hasn't happened yet, it's in June. You have to wait before you make a statement like that.
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MasterChief3624  +   1037d ago
I'm fairly certain this is not supposed to be treated like another "console" launch. It's a console, yes, but it, from what I understand, only plays cheapo $1 games like Angry Birds. So it already has quite the library. But the library sucks.
Mottsy  +   1037d ago
Ya they should of integrated the controller to play all of Androids games instead of making their own app store. I know the article talks about that and out of everything that is what I agree with 100%.

Play Store has some quality titles coming out for it and just having that at your disposal would have been a huge sales factor, but like someone mentioned before you have to start somewhere and who knows what third party hardware or developers will bring to this system.
Ritsujun  +   1037d ago
Bigpappy  +   1037d ago
I don't see why anyone who already have a smart phone will want one of these. But I am not going to predict its failure. Just wouldn't be surprised.
R6ex  +   1037d ago
Tegra 4 needs to be in OUYA.
harv052  +   1036d ago
Why do people still use "should of"....Should've is from should have. I know this and i'm french for crying out loud!!!
pixelsword  +   1036d ago
We will make the console, but we will not make games for the console...

g2gshow  +   1036d ago
people will buy this as a alternative for young kids as a starter console. away from all the angry gamer's would be safer but kids should be out side. playing with parents an enjoying life not siting in front a screen
The_Infected  +   1037d ago
All stuff like Ouya is just a niche product. The market will soon be over saturated. Competition is good but to much isn't good at all.

I stay stick with the big dogs. The ones who've been in gaming for years bringing you great games and learning from mistakes the most. Also the more wealthy companies with better resources can afford to give you better gaming for your money. "Sony and Microsoft"
Legion21  +   1037d ago
Everyone had to start somewhere
Gamer-Z  +   1037d ago
"All stuff like Ouya is just a niche product. The market will soon be over saturated. Competition is good but to much isn't good at all."

agreed, i think thats what caused the games industry to crash a long time ago (i think).
cyguration  +   1037d ago

Game industry crashed years ago because of crappy products pushed out to over-saturate the market. Crap like E.T. that no one bought because it was crap.

If the industry crashes again it's because of crap, but of a different nature, mostly with the anti-consumerism and the money gouging going on.

OUYA will be for a niche group who just want fun living room entertainment that isn't expensive. It's not a bad console if you don't want all the crap companies like EA, Microsoft and Capcom cook up.

I might get one myself because sometimes, as a gamer, I just feel like turning on a game console and playing my games...not watching ads for crap I don't want, or paying for online services you get free everywhere else, or worrying about a game not getting patched because the dev can't afford the certification and patching approval fees.
Ju  +   1037d ago
It's as expected. While I am all for giving a new startup a chance I fear they won't last long. The gaming business is a rough turf. Money is everything here. Cash flow to produce a machine which can be powerful enough, cheap and yet not look cheap. And Ouya doesn't have the breath to keep up with that. The prototype console was a much higher quality, but they had to really cut down to reach the $99. No surprise there.

I might just get me one...but not really to play games. To code. And first big mistake they made - especially when they want to attract indie devs - no NDK support. But, w/e. It's still Android, and I don't care so much about what's on the machine as long as adb runs and I can install apks I'm good.

That is, if I can get one before they die.
Axe99  +   1036d ago
@ Cyguration - you could also get a PS3 or a gaming PC ;). Ouya looks interesting, but its specs are too low for its games to be cutting edge. Will be great for indie stuff, but most indies will try and release on PC as well (and stuff that'll run on Ouya should run on most PCs, not just ones built mainly for gaming).

I wish them luck of course, and if they've got a business model that's designed around being a niche product then they'll be fine (gaming flight sticks hardly sell in the tens of millions, but the people that make them do just fine, because they charge for and market it as the niche experience it is). If they expect to sell 100 million, then they might be in trouble. Same story for the Piston and Steambox, and I'd wager the Gamestick and Shield as well.
LOL_WUT  +   1037d ago
Another one bites the dust ;)
lsujester  +   1037d ago
This review does seem particularly harsh, like someone who was dead set against this machine upon first hearing about it. However, I also don't trust IGN when it comes to previews. I've seen way too many times they love a game... right up until it's release date.
Lucreto  +   1037d ago
From another site

Julie Uhrman used to work at IGN, specifically at their Direct 2 Drive digital game download service, and the very first person to invest in the company was the president of IGN, who is now chairman of the board. So expect a lot of OUYA coverage on IGN in the coming days, and IGN was the first site to break news about the OUYA.
pixelsword  +   1036d ago
Explains why they also went ape-scat over it. I also expect them to give a lot of good rewiews for indie games and possibly a section on the site.
GraveLord  +   1037d ago
Many people already have the Ouya though and it is incomplete.
Blacktric  +   1037d ago
"You have to wait before you make a statement like that."

Buyer's remorse at its best...
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Gh05t  +   1037d ago
"You have to wait before you make a statement like that."

Yes you have to wait to form an opinion for yourself. How dare the author have an opinion after actually using the product.

Its an opinion and I am pretty sure that just because you disagree with the opinion doesn't mean he doesn't have a right to make one... especially since he actually used the product, regardless of "official release."
maximaz  +   1036d ago
He missed the point of this console - emulators.
Persistantthug  +   1036d ago
Question......Does anyone know any retail stores that are selling this?
I'st probably locked out of brick retail, but I'm Just curious if anyone's seen or heard anything.
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clarkdef  +   1037d ago
Oh well it might be my next console if MS and Sony both decide on the "always online" move. Just out of principle.
Parapraxis  +   1037d ago
They already said PS4 wouldn't need to always be connected.
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delboy  +   1037d ago
Like it was this gen with DLC and Online passes.
In the end it will be left to the publisher to decide.
BoNeSaW23  +   1037d ago
If your console is not online why would you need to redeem a online pass?
Knight_Crawler  +   1036d ago
They said it was up to the developers.
Dlacy13g  +   1037d ago
why would you reward them for putting forward a poor product? Ouya appears to be far from the dream promised and much closer to the nightmare some envisioned.

Lets not forget, this console is a "connected" device as well so if you are trying to take a stance against that kind of ideology...I think you money is best left in your pocket.
Snookies12  +   1037d ago
Huh? It's not always connected... You can connect to the internet with it, but I don't believe it's required...
logan_izer10  +   1037d ago
I wouldn't say it's poor. It's $99. I'd say it's cheap
Dlacy13g  +   1037d ago
@snookies12... its connected as in any game on that system is downloaded...any app you run will be connected to internet... honestly if you are trying to use this device offline I would say you aren't exactly using it as intended.
krazeecain  +   1037d ago
You can download games and play them offline. There's no BS requirement to always be connected to the internet. If your internet is crappy or whatever you can still play games on the Ouya.
MestreRothN4G  +   1037d ago
So you'll prefer a console that plays cel phone games?

How can someone even think this console may be a good idea, FFS?!

Yes, this always confuzzles me.
NastyLeftHook0  +   1037d ago
wow, microsoft announcing an always online console might actually be good news not only for sony but for ouya. people (casuals) who want a dirt cheap console could jump all over this. next gen will be interesting.
chukamachine  +   1037d ago
Nintendo fail
OUYA fail
Nvidia fail



See what happens.
AKR  +   1037d ago
Nintendo fail?
What are you talking about?

- 3DS is the hottest selling gaming device on the marker right now.

- Nintendo also won the 7th generation in both the HOME and HANDHELD console divisions. They own the most sold game console ever (DS) and third most sold game console ever (Wii).

- The Wii U has infant growing pains like every console before it. It's potential has yet to be fully realized. Yet, it's as well as the 360 and barely less than the PS3 in the same time period (first 4 months). It just recently OUTSOLD the PS3 in weekly sales over in Japan.

- Don't say trash until you get facts straight -
LKHGFDSA  +   1037d ago
it's not all about sales, mate.
ziratul  +   1036d ago
Wii U will have some HardCore games + Nintendo games in the next few years. Win - Win combination.

I am not Nintendo user (don't have $$ to buy it) but I am almost 100% sure Nintendo will succeed.
AKR  +   1036d ago

- Oh it isn't? The overall success of the console goes by how well the console is selling. That determines the success of any product, my friend. If you have a product, and there are more people just like you who have a product of the same kind, and you put it up in stores, what are you trying to do? Compete for sales, correct? You're the one trying to get the most sales, because if it's selling, it's becoming successful.
kikoano  +   1037d ago
SOny and AMD are very losing if they dont get so much money from the new ps4 they are doomed.Nvidia its too rich to compire with amd and microsoft are losing ing everyting in windows and xbox.its time for new companys to rise up even more like valve and intel.
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logan_izer10  +   1037d ago
OUYA still has hope!
If they focus on getting more media based apps I can easily justify the price tag. For $99 I can have every old nintendo system on my big screen with functional controllers! To me that's worth it alone.
They need to focus now on good media apps for streaming content to tv, Netflix, Hulu, specific OUYA games are last in my opinion.
Dlacy13g  +   1037d ago
One other thing I am interested in seeing... what is the fallout going to be like over their Kickstarter? I mean this is beginning to look a lot like a Kickstarter fail. Will this impact future hardware Kickstarter projects that are promising the world for under $100?
logan_izer10  +   1037d ago
I wouldn't think so. It may impact hardware starters for video game consoles. But I wouldn't imagine it scaring people off that do completely unrelated stuff.
theDECAY  +   1037d ago
How is it a Kickstarter fail? Really, I don't understand...
Petro  +   1036d ago
Still going to buy one, I need a small device always attached to my TV.
enkeixpress  +   1037d ago
I'd much rather go for NVIDIA's Project Shield.
Tuxmask55  +   1037d ago
Yeah, I have no want whatsoever for a console like the Ouya.
sarshelyam  +   1037d ago
Rahul...I don't mean to sound like an ass, but, uninformed are you, really?

Your entire argument against the OUYA is as a gaming console. OUYA never came out of the gates touting it as a replacement to home consoles and, as most other naysayers seem to neglect, you side-step all of the other applications within the Android architecture. HBOGO, VUDU, Hulu, Flixster, Netflix, iHeartRadio, Pandora, TuneIn, etc. At $99, this quickly becomes a cheap media center with the support of games and a controller that, frankly, doesn't have to be the centerpiece of the experience. Hell, I can syn my Dual Shock 3 to the OUYA if I so desire...or a 360 controller, WiiRemote.

See, that's the thing about OUYA. They gave consumers or aspiring hobbyists, the tools to open this system up and make it work for their needs. It's most certainly optimized for those kind of users, but those folks who just want a simply plug-and-play set-top have those apps I listed above as a shining example as to why it will work for them.

OUYA is not going to replace current/next-gen platforms, so stop reviewing it with that angle.
Byeka  +   1037d ago
last time i checked OUYA's website it says game console and its primary job is to do gaming, people won't buy OUYA to see Hulu or listen to Pandora and I never said it will replace home console btw the OUYA intend to do so. . . . OUYA call it a gaming console,GAMING. you have a wrong perception of how a gaming console should be used ;) . .. . no offence
sarshelyam  +   1037d ago
I understand their message just fine, but what's in print on their site, and the reality of the applications they've outlined, are two completely different things.

My point stands.
Ace Killa 08  +   1037d ago
If it's called a game console, ships like a game console, tries to play like one then it's a game console. With user development added. Which other game console do in their respective.

No matter how you try to word it it'll end up as a game console with apps.... Apps that all other consoles have... And tvs... And blu rays... And's doing what everything does already.
Petro  +   1036d ago
Yet I'm still going to buy it mainly to use it as a media center.
bangshi  +   1037d ago
Other devices can do all of this for half the price. That is the problem with it.

Those devices admittedly do not come with a controller of the same quality as OUYA, but if you're intending to use a 360 controller then that obviously wouldn't matter to you anyway.
sarshelyam  +   1037d ago
I'm not intending to do so, the point was more that most buying into this model aren't doing so to replace the form of entertainment, and, they're most likely multi-platform households so the option is certainly there for those that wish it.

As for your price-scheme, I'll plead ignorance on that. I simply didn't know there were $50 devices out there with Android OS that could support the variety of applications the OUYA is claiming to.
ziggurcat  +   1037d ago
"OUYA never came out of the gates touting it as a replacement to home consoles"

except they do. they're touting it as a revolution... it says so on the packaging.

"They gave consumers or aspiring hobbyists, the tools to open this system up and make it work for their needs"

and it'll all fall apart once idiots decide to do malicious things with the device.
stragomccloud  +   1037d ago
It's not a console intended to directly compete with the likes of Nintendo, Sony, or Microsoft.

It'll have it's own market, and it'll probably be around for a while in one form or the other.
cleft5  +   1037d ago
What did you guys expect? This console was a money grab from the start. I am amazed that it will even get an actual release. Just be glad that they actually put this cheap crap on stores shelves for you to ignore.
theDECAY  +   1037d ago
How was it a money grab? These people had an idea for a cheap console (I understand it's not like the big consoles) and they made a kickstarter. It could have just failed. You realize people gave them money to see what they could do. It's called community funding for a reason. They never claimed it would be like the PS3 or the 360 and a lot of people were excited to see what it would offer. That doesn't seem like a money grab. People pledged money and got a device. It seems pretty cut and dry.
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MilkMan  +   1037d ago
This is a silly, uniformed article. Let me go see what else is available on N4G
Roper316  +   1037d ago
lol, yet another doomed console that is dead in the water. Geesh with all the dead consoles out there which seems like it is everyone of them I am surprised I am able to game at all anymore.
KwietStorm  +   1037d ago
Man why is it like the people who actually follow the game industry want it to fail? Sony went through it with PS3, Nintendo is going through it now, and a lot of people would love nothing more than for the nextbox to go through it. Even the little Ouya is getting knocked around in the playground.
eferreira  +   1037d ago
this will be my emulator machine
theDECAY  +   1037d ago
It's seriously $99 with a bunch of free-to-play games. 99 dollars is basically one and a half games for current consoles. It's cheap, everybody, relax.
swansong  +   1037d ago
If it can emulate genesis,Snes,Nes,gba,and n64 then it is worth $100.
FlyingFoxy  +   1036d ago
or you could just build a midrange gaming pc, and emulate all those plus gamecube, wii and dreamcast. Plus numerous pc exclusives and other games.
LordHiggens  +   1036d ago
A midrange gaming pc for 100 bucks? Sure mate, just show me the specs and their respective costs.


All for 100 bucks...also I'm going to need a controller and a list of all those emulators and they better work perfectly as the Ouya said theirs would.

All for 100 bucks go ahead I'll be waiting here.
Th3 Chr0nic  +   1037d ago
Ive never seen the draw to this thing. it just seems like a mini console that will let you play android games on your tv. big woop who cares. get a tv out cable for your phone and have at it.

i dont see it offering anything (that matters) that cant already be had either for free or at a much cheaper price
krazeecain  +   1037d ago
Not everyone can afford a smartphone. Also, this device is optimized for use on TV's, unlike smartphones. It also comes with a controller, so games are actually playable. It also has much better graphics than most other android media players, because it's equipped with an overclocked Tegra 3.

Does all that matter?
theDECAY  +   1037d ago
The controller alone is probably worth at least $30, and with the device as well, it's not a bad deal. Why are people so up in arms about this. It's also advertised and made to be open and free, unlike many many smartphones. That's pretty cool.
Th3 Chr0nic  +   1036d ago
It all sounds nice but i doubt there will be tha many android devs that run to it. cause like you say its way different than a smartphone so i doubt that many devs will put the work in to make applications just for this. or at least go the extra step to take advantage of all those additional features and extra power
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MontyQ  +   1037d ago
be best for a pvr or hooked up for ol skool emu like nes/snes
ApolloTheBoss  +   1037d ago
Is it wrong that I bursted out laughing as soon as I read the title?
sitharrefus  +   1037d ago
This console still has potential, emulators? and well not everyone can afford an xbox or ps3, so if they want to stream games then at least we have choices.
Ninja_G_Aidan  +   1037d ago
Isn't this console good for Modders? I just hope they have a way of playing classics on the Ouya. Nes, Snes, N64, Gamecube, Master System, Mega Drive, Saturn, Dreamcast, 3DO, ect..

You get my drift! I know there's an Emulator for N64 coming for the Ouya so hopefully every N64 game will be playable. That then would definitely sell me!
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BitbyDeath  +   1037d ago
It was made for a niche crowd of course not many will buy it.
You'd be lucky if even a million have even heard of it.
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BlueEye  +   1037d ago
Just like the next Xbox.
Jyndal  +   1037d ago
I'll be buying one as soon as the June release gets here.
freezola75  +   1037d ago
Damn OUYA....


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krazeecain  +   1037d ago
Ouya's not even released guys calm down, some good games for it are still in development. All that's available for it right now are the games that were already made for other android devices hastily ported over to Ouya. Of course there aren't anyways good games, the kickstarter for Ouya was less than a year ago!

Also, for those of you who are only interested in Ouya as a media center device...
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