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58 Global Score
It might work in a pinch, but you wouldn't want to use it regularly.
58

It might work in a pinch, but you wouldn't want to use it regularly.

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The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Summary

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.
58 Global Score
It might work in a pinch, but you wouldn't want to use it regularly.
58

It might work in a pinch, but you wouldn't want to use it regularly.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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User Reviews

50
Asmo
A disappointing product with a lot of problems. - Engadget
50
Llanirev
A disappointing product with a lot of problems. - Engadget
70
diegofigueroa
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - Engadget
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Score Breakdown

 
58
Average Critic Score
Product Review
TechRadar
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.
Product Review
IGN
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.
Product Review
Engadget
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.
 
40
PC Mag
The controller sounds nice on paper, but it's sadly close to being outright junk.
 
70
Joystiq
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.
 
50
TechRadar
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.
 
60
Mashable
The OUYA controller combines many different ideas, some of which work better than others.
 
60
Wired
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.
 
60
The Guardian
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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