Weekly Poll: What Do You Think About the OUYA?

OUYA is a new Kickstarter project, and a popular one: it just broke the record for the fastest project to raise over a million dollars, and at the time of writing it’s close to raising $4,000,000.

The product they’re pitching is a $99 Android-powered console which you can plug in to your TV and control with a gamepad. They argue that, as good as PC and mobile gaming can be, the TV is where most people’s best gaming memories are formed, and that console games need to be cheaper to make and cheaper to buy.

It’s an idea that’s clearly resonated with a lot of people – but not everyone. Some argue that this is unnecessary, as an Android tablet can already be plugged into a TV and controlled with a gamepad. Some suspect that this will bring us little in the way of innovation, but lots in the way of big-screen Angry Birds and Farmville clones.

Personally, I don’t think I’ll buy one – I already have a gaming PC – but it’s piqued my interest. What about you?

  • Miles

    I’m really interested to see what we’ll be able to do with this besides gaming, with the quad core I would like to see how it would do as a media server. Depending on the amount of customization, being that it’s android based I would assume it would. If this could play games as well as perform other tasks, for $99 I would definitely be interested. Right now I have consoles and my HTPC that I also use for storage, if I could have one machine to do the work of all of them that would be great. I know the machine wouldn’t be able to serve both tasks at the same time, but it would be nice to know that when I’m done gaming I could leave the system on and use it as a HTPC.

    • http://michaeljameswilliams.com/ Michael James Williams

      Yeah – that sounds like what the Nexus Q could be, though for a good deal less money.

  • Graham

    This is basically a box with a smartphone inside. A console is something you keep for a long time, smartphone (and Android) technology is moving way too fast for me to commit to a device that is going to be made obsolete in a year. $99 is not a huge amount so it won’t be a waste of money if you play for only a year, but for a console to be viable, developers have to be able to count on the fact that this device stays relevant for a decent amount of time. If they launch new versions every year, it is no better than a smartphone connected to your TV. So they can’t really upgrade it at a rapid schedule and after a year I’m going to be left with a ‘gaming console’ that is made to look old by my phone?

    • http://michaeljameswilliams.com/ Michael James Williams

      That’s a great point. Hmm. Know what would be cool? A console “shell” that you can plug your phone into, like a NES cartridge. The shell stays plugged into your TV, your gamepad, and your wall socket (so you don’t have to fiddle about with wires), but the phone’s doing all the work.

  • http://michaeljameswilliams.com/ Michael James Williams

    Here’s an interesting article on the PA Report explaining why you should be sceptical of the Ouya.

    • Miles

      That article definitely brings up some good points, I hadn’t thought about android games being touch based and this system using a controller. That alone would make or break this system. I doubt many developers would want to go back and make changes to support a single piece of hardware (unless it does become popular).

      Great find!

      • http://michaeljameswilliams.com/ Michael James Williams

        It might not be too big a deal – apparently the OUYA controller has a touch-sensitive area (without a display).

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  • sheryl

    I like the idea. I have an xbox that I don’t use because games are fricking expensive. Ouya requires at least some gameplay be free. I’m into that. Also, it’ll be hackable, so if the game thing doesn’t last long, it could probably be used as a cheap streaming media player or something. Never got into pc gaming, personally. I’ve been using a mac for a few years though, so it’s not even an option.

    In their kickstarter faq, though, they said it’s not about porting android games over, so hopefully that means it doesn’t end up being dominated by angry birds and such.