Ouya console

69
Engadget
Score
69

It has some redeeming qualities, but you could still do better.

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OUYA review (founding backer edition)

Summary

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.

Pros
  • Low cost
  • Small, efficient
  • Easily hackable
Cons
  • Controller has numerous flaws
  • Very limited initial game selection
  • No game pricing in store
OUYA review (founding backer edition)

Most modern gaming consoles are big, heavy and power-thirsty. They dominate the entertainment centers into which they're placed and suck down hundreds of watts of electricity when they're running. They've evolved this way, growing larger and more powerful to deliver better graphics and more comprehensive gameplay experiences. So too have their talents expanded. It's no longer good enough for a gaming console to simply play games: modern systems have to be complete home entertainment devices.

Or do they? When the OUYA was announced in July of 2012, its $99 cost was low and its processing power as simple as its premise: a tiny little box designed to be a haven for those who want to play (or develop) good, original games. Many gamers connected with this idea immediately, helping to drive the system to an $8 million run on Kickstarter. Plenty of others didn't, saying this would be just a cheap distraction on which to play mediocre Android games. The truth, as it turns out, lies somewhere in between.

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Scores

Engadget

69
 

Breakdown

Game library
5.4
Graphics
5.9
Controller(s)
5.6
Design and form factor
8.3
Other features (media, online, etc.)
6.3
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Specs

console

Game format
Downloadable
Backward compatible
no
Controller type
Wireless
Video outputs
HDMI
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Specs

console

Game format
Downloadable
Backward compatible
no
Controller type
Wireless
Video outputs
HDMI
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