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conclusion:Pass on it

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The Ouya console is a flawed device with potential, but the same can't be said of its controller. Like the Ouya console itself, the controller boasts a sleek, unstated design, looking "nearly identical to an Xbox controller," according to AllThingsD, but it "feels cheaper," and Joystiq found that the "faceplates will fly off if you drop the controller onto a hard surface." A cheap feel might be passable given the controller's pack-in status (with additional controllers available for $49 each), but the controller would actually have to be usable, and as PC Mag stated bluntly, the Ouya controller is "sadly close to being outright junk," with shoulder buttons that "feel wiggly," and analog sticks that are "overly loose." What the Ouya controller has over other currently-available controllers is a touchpad, but that's not much of a bonus when Destructoid says it's "too small to be useful," and PC Mag just calls it the "worst touchpad I've ever used." Even if the buttons and touchpad don't seem so bad, most reviewers agreed with TechRadar that the controller suffers from "intermittent but not infrequent controller lag" that Destructoid found "insufficient for playing games with any degree of precision." Because of this lag, many chose to eschew the official controller in favor using Bluetooth to pair a Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 gamepad to their Ouya, and we can't disagree.

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Critic reviews

5.8
17 reviews
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    7.2
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    5.2
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    5.6

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5.5
4 reviews
6.0
Engadget Apr 3, 2013

Overall the controller is usable but it's far from great. Sticky buttons and gummy analog sticks are the sorts of things you wouldn't even tolerate on a cheap, third-party controller and so it's disappointing to find them here on the official unit.

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7.0
Joystiq Jul 4, 2013

The controller mimics the Xbox layout to a tee. Four face buttons, two asymmetrical analog sticks, two shoulder buttons, two triggers, a D-pad and multifunctional home button. It's comfortable to use, though the rounded triggers take some getting used to.

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6.0
Wired Jul 15, 2013

Anyone following the Ouya’s development will have heard rumors that its controller is not quite up to par, and I won’t deny that it doesn’t feel as good as the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 controllers.

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6.0
AllThingsD Jul 1, 2013

The controller is less wonderful. It looks nearly identical to an Xbox controller, but more angular — and it feels cheaper. And while Ouya’s makers like to point out that the center section of the controller acts as a touchpad, I never felt the need to use this option.

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6.0
Laptop Magazine Aug 2, 2013

Ouya's controller is as well designed as the console... But what the Ouya controller has in style, it lacks in execution... The controller offers acceptable performance, but still has room for improvement in later iterations.

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6.0
The Guardian Jul 1, 2013

The controller? It needs work. ... Its shoulder buttons, triggers and two analogue sticks are better, and the button-sticking issues reported on early developer units appear to have been solved, but it's still middling overall.

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6.0
Eurogamer Jun 8, 2013

The Ouya pad's design certainly isn't unappealing, and it's comfortable to use. There are some minor niggles to contend with, however.

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6.0
Kotaku Jul 3, 2013

The Ouya lets you at least play with a controller. As if—ha ha—these games on the Ouya weren't nearly all still optimized for touch controls and not the system's so-so dual-analog controller. Good luck figuring out how to pause half of them.

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6.0
TechHive Jun 26, 2013

The controller isn’t bad enough to suck all the fun out of your games, but it doesn’t stand up well next to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 controllers, let alone those of the coming Xbox One and PS4.

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6.0
T3 Jul 9, 2013

Like the system, it’s a fusion of sand-blasted aluminium and plastic. The layout is clearly inspired by the Xbox 360 controller, but the build quality is slightly underwhelming.

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5.0
TechRadar Jul 4, 2013

The most unfortunate part of the Ouya experience is easily the controller. Like the system itself, it's not bad to look at, but after using it for a little while, the flaws become obvious.

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5.0
TrustedReviews Jul 9, 2013

While the console itself is attractive and well-made, we can't say the same for the controller. In fact, it's one of the weakest parts of the Ouya.

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7.0
Digital Trends Jun 25, 2013

There is a notable issue with controller lag. It isn’t a constant problem, but it happens enough ... In general, the controller is comfortable in your hands and pairing is easy.

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5.0
Destructoid Jun 25, 2013

Things fall apart at a basic fundamental level, however -- the controller. Reports of lag and a cheap, sticky feel to the controls were a major part of reviews of early "beta" units, and while the Ouya team has gone to lengths to improve these problems, they're still pretty damn noticeable.

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5.0
Android Police Jun 25, 2013

The overall device feels solid, but cheap. If you’ve ever used one of those budget Mad Catz knockoff controllers before, that’s basically what this one is like. The buttons work, though, and the controller is totally usable.

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Engadget Mar 28, 2013

Our first-blush impressions of the gamepad, unpaired from the console, are mostly positive. The controller has a good heft to it, doesn't feel cheap and the buttons / analog sticks are appropriately clicky and maneuverable.

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TechRadar Mar 28, 2013

The twin sticks and four-button layout were immediately familiar. The sticks were grippy and accurate, and the buttons felt like the kind of quality jobs you'd find on any first-party console controller.

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IGN Mar 28, 2013

The shoulder buttons and triggers, although oddly square, also fit nicely within reach and have a distinctive "click" when depressed. The company has designed the two metallic faceplates to snap off, providing access to its two AA batteries and giving players a way to personalize their controller.

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5.0
ylksa ylksa

Very uncomfortable, at least in my hand. It is laggy by a second or even less but it really ruins the experience. Also for some reason the controller shuts down mid game every 30 minutes or so.

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