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OUYA's next update adds external storage (in beta), video support for game pages

Ben Gilbert, @RealBenGilbert
October 8, 2013
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That little Android gaming box, the OUYA, might've only cost you $100, but that doesn't mean it's not getting treated to some post-launch updating like all your other game consoles. The next update brings the long-promised external storage functionality, albeit in closed beta form (sign up right here). That expands the console's puny 8GB of internal storage to, well, whatever you'd like. With games mostly coming in well below even 100MB though, you're probably not getting too close to the limit just yet (we aren't, anyway).

Beyond the storage beta, OUYA game pages are now able to embed video as well as screenshots. That means users have yet one more way to find out what a game plays like before jumping in -- something we'd suggest as many users as possible take advantage of before spending too much time playing less-than-delightful Android ports. The update, dubbed "Ogopogo," launches today; head below the break for the full list of additions, changes, and fixes.

Full Release notes (10/08/2013):

  • External Storage will enter Closed Beta next week! Interested in participating? Apply here:https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1jIMULlQuv4BZ1MjWNdZ4mX_R2fyeL3VaMRqGHWMfm34/viewform
  • Added the ability to display video (for game trailers and footage) in the game details page. Developers can now upload videos to Vimeo and submit a link to show that video on their game's page. If a video exists, it will display in the first screenshot slot.
  • Added the ability to download a game without entering its game details page. Just press the U button while highlighting a game's tile to download.
  • Fixed HDMI wakeup issue. If your TV was mysteriously waking up your OUYA, it should no longer do that after this update.
  • Added "forgot password" option to the existing user sign-in screen. Now you'll actually know where to go, if you can't remember your password.
  • We've changed "Download" to "Free Download" to make it clear that everything is free to try. Not everyone knew that they wouldn't be charged for a download, so now it's crystal clear. It's free to try ALL THE THINGS.
  • Enlarging a screenshot (or video) now goes full screen (instead of just bigger).
  • We now highlight the search substring when doing a search so it's much more clear why you are getting each result. We've also moved game titles that start with your search to the top of the list. It's way better.
  • Improved performance (speed and smoothness) in PLAY with lots of installed games.
  • Added a pop up message upon starting the console to remind users how to connect a controller.
  • Changed sorting of buried and installed tiles in DISCOVER. It used to be Uninstalled, followed by Installed and Buried (mixed together). Now it's Uninstalled, followed by Installed, followed by Buried.
  • Devs: When uploading apks, it's now more clear that you can use your previously published apk if you just want to edit text or screenshots.... or VIDEO =)
  • Devs: you can now hide or change the mouse cursor in your games and apps. For more info see the ODK Controllers document.
  • Added Terms of Service to the console. Yup, it's annoying to click through, but it makes the legal types happier. Think of the lawyers.
  • In case you missed it, multiple currency support is now turned on! If you want to switch your wallet currency, there's more info here:https://ouya.zendesk.com/entries/26777317-How-can-I-change-the-currency-of-my-OUYA-wallet-
  • A bunch of other small bug fixes and optimizations.
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