Last week, Ouya, a brand new gaming console, came on the market to challenge the mega-established gaming systems, PlayStation and X-Box, for game development. Ouya was funded through Kickstarter and runs on an Android platform, to make it simple for indie developers to create and release games. Headset Buddy was intrigued by this concept and dropped the meager $99 necessary to own this revolutionary device and now we have an initial review for you.
Julie Uhrman, the creator of Ouya, wanted to help indie developers break into the video gaming industry and bring gaming back to the television screen and away from mobile devices. Her solution was to bring the mobile, open source Android platform to a TV console. This accomplished both of her goals.
The best part about the system, for gamers, is that all of the games are free to try. Instead of dropping $60 for a game you may or may not like or waiting for it to come up in a used game store, you can sample every game on the console, free of charge. Additionally, if you do want to throw down the cash for the full version of something, most games don’t exceed a $5 or $10 price tag.
The developers also put a lot of focus on designing the controller to be ideal for any gamer. Although it’s pretty much impossible to make a one-size-fits-all-perfectly controller, the controller is pretty good. However, the back triggers do take some time to get used to. It is also possible to connect any other USB controller to the Ouya console, but they’re not guaranteed to work well with every game. Our PS3 controller thus far has been pretty hit-or-miss.
There are also a number of emulators you can download through the Ouya market. Emulators are programs that make it possible to recreate the environment of an older console, like Sega Genesis or Nintendo 64, and play the games that were designed for that system. You can get the games for these systems by downloading their ROMs to your computer and transferring them to the Ouya via USB storage. The process is a little intensive, but if you can figure it out you can restore your old gaming library from the 8- and 16-bit days and hit yourself with a fresh dose of nostalgia. (Note: It is illegal to download any games that you do not already own, so make sure to limit your ROM library to your own game collection.)
There are 210 original games on the Ouya, as of today and, like with phone gaming, some are good and some are not so good. As time progresses and more games are released, we’re sure that the quality of the games will get better.
The Ouya is definitely an interesting and well thought out concept and has a lot of potential to grow and develop into a formidable gaming system. Headset Buddy will be keeping up with Ouya’s progress, so “Like” us on Facebook and “Follow” us on Twitter for updates. Also please feel free to comment below and tell us what you think of your Ouya!