Comments on: The OUYA Console Gets Reviewed – It Appears There’s Much Work to be Done PC enthusiasts one-stop resource for high-quality reviews, articles and current technology news. Tue, 28 Jul 2015 21:53:00 +0000 hourly 1 By: ET3D Mon, 08 Apr 2013 07:06:00 +0000 Android has some decent games. Here’s a subset of what I have on my Nexus 7:

Broken Sword
Plants vs. Zombies
Waking Mars
Avadon: The Black Fortress
Sword & Sworcery
NFS Most Wanted
Wild Blood
The Conduit

You might say that some of them are dumbed down compared to a console or PC games, but many of them are faithful adaptations and all of them are decent gaming experiences.

Unfortunately they aren’t currently available on the Ouya. It’s possible that some of these can be installed, but as the review at The Verge said, it’s neither easy nor guaranteed to run. That’s one major problem with the Ouya: it’s not as good as an Android tablet for gaming.

Still, it’s promising. As you say, the price isn’t bad, and it has the potential to run these games. It’s just that at this moment it lacks good games, the
interface isn’t that great, it’s probably not as convenient as a streamer for that particular job. It could mature into something better.

I still think that it will be a future device which nails this. An Android console isn’t a bad idea, but the Tegra 3 is rather weak and the ecosystem is not there yet for the games.

And by the way, yes, the site is terribly annoying in that the page refreshes and loses the reply. I lost a couple and I’m now writing replies elsewhere and copy-pasting them.

By: Rob Williams Sun, 07 Apr 2013 19:52:00 +0000 madmat’s original comment made me reconsider the use of the OUYA a little bit. Media players in general cost around $100 that stream Internet content and also content from your remote devices, so if the OUYA can do all that and remain pretty configurable, that’s pretty attractive. A media player that can play games if you happen to want to play games.

I tend to agree a bit with ET3D though that the “norm” is going to misread what this device can do. OUYA’s claims on its site are those of grandeur, but at best, it’s just a mobile phone plugged into the television with a nice interface. I find very few games on Android to be that compelling… and as such I just don’t game at all unless I am out (aka: desperate) or the power goes out :D I do play the odd game of mahjong or solitaire before bed, but that’s about it.

By: madmatTG Sun, 07 Apr 2013 19:32:00 +0000 Screw it, this site keeps knocking out my &%#$ing replies. I’m done here.

By: ET3D Sun, 07 Apr 2013 17:15:00 +0000 What would you want developers to do? They said it was a beta, and they said what they felt was wrong with it, what was needed to make this a full release level device. That’s good feedback. It’s the kind of feedback that’s needed, the things that need to get fixed so the device will get good reviews when it gets released to the public at large.

By: madmatTG Sun, 07 Apr 2013 15:55:00 +0000 If the Ouya is as open as they claim it won’t be long before someone creates a hack to install the play store on it. As to why I’m complaining about the negativity aimed towards a beta device when it hasn’t really done much to deserve it, well, it bugs me when they expect something to be more than it should be.

By: ET3D Sun, 07 Apr 2013 09:55:00 +0000 If you’re interested in neither OUYA nor a streaming box, then I’m surprised that you’re complaining about the reviews being negative.

Personally I wouldn’t get one, certainly not in its current state. On the other hand I think that the concept of a low cost Android console is a good one, and there are enough games on my Nexus 7 I wouldn’t mind playing with a real controller on a bigger screen. It’s just that Ouya won’t let me. It might in the future.

By: madmatTG Sun, 07 Apr 2013 09:45:00 +0000 I wouldn’t buy one. Just like I wouldn’t buy any other console or streaming internet device. It’s not something I want or need but if you’re trying to replace your XBOX or PSx with one you’re fooling yourself. If you’re looking for a “fun” alternative to those crappy little internet streaming boxes then it brings enough to the table to offer an alternative.

By: ET3D Sun, 07 Apr 2013 08:56:00 +0000 I tried to reply twice, but the page refreshed and delete my message. I’ll try to write offline and post a response later. The short of it: Ouya is selling steak. You say they sell hamburgers. Of course by your definition you’ll be satisfied.

By: madmatTG Sun, 07 Apr 2013 08:19:00 +0000 It’s ridiculous to expect it to be more than what it is. Do you walk into a burger joint, order a burger and then complain it isn’t filet mignon? If you do you are being as ridiculous as anyone that expected the Ouya to be more than what it is.

By: ET3D Sun, 07 Apr 2013 07:25:00 +0000 Why is it ridiculous? You go to the OUYA site, you see:

“Your favorite and soon-to-be-favorite games in 1080p—what’s not to love?”

“OUYA delivers every genre you love, from shooters and action adventures to RPGs and puzzles.”

“Conquer worlds and high scores with our thoughtfully crafted controller”

And then you get the console and you play a bunch of mostly low res indie game with a mediocre controller. Why wouldn’t people be critical?