July 5th 2012 8:42 am

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Not ready for prime time

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The initial version of the OUYA shows promise, but it needs a lot of polish before the final retail release if it wants to impress gamers.

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Critic reviews

6.1
19 reviews
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    5.5
  • Graphics
    5.8
  • Controller(s)
    5.6
  • Design and form factor
    8.2
  • Other features (media, online, etc.)
    6.1
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User reviews

6.8
27 reviews
7.0
Engadget Apr 3, 2013

The initial version of the OUYA shows promise, but it needs a lot of polish before the final retail release if it wants to impress gamers.

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8.0
Wired Jul 15, 2013

If by Christmastime Ouya has gotten its act together and solved them, this machine will be an almost irresistible stocking-stuffer. Maybe just not for everybody.

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7.0
Joystiq Jul 4, 2013

Overall, I'm pleased with the Ouya. Its library of games isn't out to dethrone Call of Duty or Grand Theft Auto, but the simple, fine-tuned pleasures of games like TowerFall serve as a welcome complement to the cash-infused giants on other platforms.

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6.0
AllThingsD Jul 1, 2013

Until Ouya offers more both in terms in game and media, I think it will be a supplemental device for people who already own consoles. Or it may be a relatively inexpensive, cool-looking console for those who are really into in indie games.

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6.0
CNET Jul 1, 2013

Despite its low price and free-to-try system, the Ouya fails to reach its potential as a disruptive alternative platform.

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5.0
Laptop Magazine Aug 2, 2013

The Ouya Gaming Console lets you play Android games on your TV with an Xbox-like controller, but this Kickstarter-funded device needs work.

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4.0
PC Mag Jun 24, 2013

The Ouya could be a great, inexpensive Android-based gaming system for everyone. Right now, though, it isn't even close.

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6.0
Eurogamer Jun 8, 2013

Despite some irksome teething troubles, the console at least has the basic building blocks in place, and comes with a decent price point - now it just needs the robust developer support that was promised during that famous Kickstarter campaign last year.

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6.0
Mashable Jun 26, 2013

This is a key time for OUYA, and if it secures a stronger lineup of games and smooths out some hardware glitches, it may be ready for the mainstream. Right now, it's stuck in limbo as a fun toy for hackers or those who want to explore indie games.

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6.0
Kotaku Jul 3, 2013

The system is a fascinating experiment and can be fun for those for whom $99 isn't much to plunk down for a lark or a risk. I'm not so sure that's who the Ouya was made for. Buyer beware, for now.

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5.0
TechHive Jun 26, 2013

The $100 Ouya doesn't live up to its promise, but tech-savvy enthusiasts willing to deal with its quirks will have fun noodling around with it.

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6.0
T3 Jun 14, 2013

On paper, Ouya is undeniably exciting - the scope of Android combined with a proper gaming interface and a super-low price point. However, a lack of quality games - not to mention an absence of AAA exclusives - makes the platform slightly less appealing.

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6.0
CBC Jun 25, 2013

There’s no doubt the console touches on several great ideas. ... As is, the device still has several big problems to overcome before it can start to shake things.

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5.0
TrustedReviews Jul 9, 2013

Ouya is still a curio rather than a prime-time ready games console. It has bundles of potential, but only ardent fans and hobbyists need apply right now.

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6.0
Destructoid Jun 25, 2013

I'd urge all but the most curious to wait and see ... but I'd still suggest everybody keep an interested eye on it. I honestly want it to improve, and grow into an excellent, successful platform. It's just not there right now, and it has some ways to go.

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6.0
Digital Trends Jun 26, 2013

The Ouya is a device with a lot of potential built with love, but technical issues and a weak library that may not get better for a long time limit it.

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6.0
Android Police Jun 25, 2013

The Ouya is light years away from being any kind of viable game console, even though it has improved in some places like UI lag and the controller. I really wanted it to be better, but it's not competitive even at $99. Do not buy this unless you are primarily interested in modding it.

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First Looks

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Engadget Mar 28, 2013

The promise of the console is far more appealing, and the time we've spent with the OUYA has us even more excited for its unknown future.

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Engadget Jun 12, 2013

Our latest experience with the Android-based gaming device has us feeling optimistic. While there's certainly work left to be done, not the least of which is convincing consumers this is the console they need, it's obvious that the company is taking customer feedback seriously.

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Joystiq Mar 28, 2013

The Ouya is positioning itself as a different kind of console, and the little box certainly has a lot of potential. Its curated approach to discovery could help the truly good games get the recognition they deserve.

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AllThingsD Mar 28, 2013

Like the console itself, the Ouya user interface and storefront is pretty simple. From the main menu, you have four options: Play, Discover, Make and Manage.

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CNET Mar 28, 2013

I liked what I saw during my brief time with Ouya. The idea of an indie-focused device that nearly obliterates the barrier of entry for would-be console developers gets me excited as a gamer. Its low price, small size, and free-to-try model should appeal to families on a budget as well.

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Wired Mar 28, 2013

The interface is simple, just a menu of four words: Play, Discover, Make and Manage. The latter lets you adjust the system settings; the first is a list of the games you own. It’s in the middle two options where things get interesting.

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Ars Technica Jun 25, 2013

Even for those used to gaming on their PCs or Xbox 360s, Ouya brings a new gaming experience to the living room. Granted, it's a mostly smaller, independent experience, with some titles that are admittedly too casual to bother playing on a television screen.

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Consumer Reports Jul 19, 2013

The Ouya is a bit of letdown right now. In time, with added games and content like streaming video, plus some bug fixes, it could be a contender. In its current iteration I would recommend it only for those who are technically inclined.

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IGN Mar 28, 2013

Booting into an Ouya game takes just 3-5 seconds from the menu. All the titles looked great on the approximately 40’’ demo display. Perhaps best of all, every Ouya game must offer a free component, allowing gamers try out the title before being asked to pay up.

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VentureBeat Mar 28, 2013

We got a good look at both the user interface for the console and its new games. The look and feel of Ouya is pretty on the big screen, but the company doesn’t have any killer games yet.

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TechRadar Mar 28, 2013

The console still feels pretty enigmatic. Like any video game system, it's going to live or die by its games, and we're still not sure what those will be. While we found the titles from our demo to be well adapted to the console and charmingly odd, none of them struck us as system sellers.

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The Inquirer Jan 28, 2013

Overall, having had a brief play on the Ouya we're pretty impressed, with the device offering an enjoyable and disturbingly polished gaming experience.

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6.0
wallalj wallalj

I was excited for the Ouya. I wanted something different; something that wasn't from Microsoft or Sony. Initially, I'm not impressed. Upon opening the box the remote control was in pieces. That's not a good start. It would have presented well, placement in the packaging and all. It was...

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6.0
HellfireHD HellfireHD

I had pretty mixed feeling on this from when I first backed the kickstarter project. After experiencing a bad bout of buyers remorse I cancelled my pre-order. As the campaign drew to a close I saw a lot more positives and figured that, worst case, I could run XBMC and NES/SNES emulators on it....

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6.0
sup909 sup909

Overall, there is a lot of potential here. The hardware for the most part is pretty good and I imagine the software will get there over the next few months. I think this will be really interesting for the DIY community and I would love to see what college kids in CS classes put out for this. I...

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9.0
GrangerFX GrangerFX

At this stage in its release Ouya is doing a great job. This is the ultimate indie game console. The games are all free to try. I am having the most fun with the emulators. You can load ROMs using a USB thumb drive and play all your favorite SNES, NES and Game Boy games. The N64 emulator is a bit...

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7.0
thetoaster thetoaster

The OUYA is a weird one, design wise it's flawless, it's one of the nicest and smallest devices I've ever used. The controller is also pretty cool, it's fairly basic but works perfectly well, some of the buttons feel a little cheap though, for example the four main O-U-Y-A buttons, I feel their a...

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7.0
Mykalson Mykalson

It's not what I had hoped for, but it's pretty much what I expected. The Ouya is a great little machine, as long as you put it in the right perspective. When I backed this project, I hoped I'd be receiving a magical device that would allow me to pack up my PS3 and Xbox and permanently move...

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9.0
jonathanbruder jonathanbruder

Ouya has a number of launch issues, and many of the most promising titles are not yet available. The great UI has some rough edges, and some documentation is not as clear as it should be. Nevertheless, this is a console by developers for developers. The ability to sideload and create custom...

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8.0
papadoc55 papadoc55

If you're an early adopter and go in with the proper mindset you will be quite pleased. Think of this as a Beta console. The software and hardware issues can all be attributed to the infancy of OUYA and it is reasonable to have high expectations for software updates to repair many of the issues...

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9.0
bmote bmote

Set your expectation on spending a fraction of the cost of a big name console and ~$2.99 per game and you'll be completely satisfied with this device. If you're expecting to spend $100 on the console and another $3 on a game with the result being an Xbox or PS3 killer you're insane. :) There...

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6.0
Asmo Asmo

The Ouya was an interesting concept, but the lack of access to the Play Store, laggy controllers and lack of compelling titles leave little reason to buy it.

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