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.
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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A disappointing product with a lot of problems. - Engadget
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