When we first heard about Ouya, we were excited. We were also hesitant. While a dedicated console for $99 with its own controller, a Tegra 3 processor, and Android games optimized for the big screen (not to mention free versions or demos of all available games) sounded brilliant, there was the question of longevity. How could this thing continue to hold up once Tegra 3 processors weren't the norm? Well, here's one answer to that question: OnLive support is now going to be built in. If I could whistle via text, I would do so presently.

What this means for gaming is that, even when that Tegra 3 processor gets old and dusty, you'll still be able to use your Ouya console to stream HD games from OnLive's cloud servers directly to your console. It also means that even if developers never really pick up support for Ouya, you can still buy a $99 console with controller and enjoy games like Arkham City, Saints Row: The Third, and Deus Ex Human Revolution on your television. That sound you just heard? That was the sound of Microsoft and Sony crying out in terror.

Oh, and then there's the matter of the controller. Ouya showed off the latest version of its controller today. The company is quick to point out that the design process is not finished, but here is what the almost-finished product will look like:


Not a bad controller, we must say. Notably, the colored circles are not complete. The company says they will find a solution that works for colorblind users as well. Which means they're trying to come up with something that doesn't tread too closely on to Sony or Microsoft's turf in terms of button distinctions while still being useful. That being said, so far the design looks great. What will be even better, and may still take some time to ensure, is if this controller will be fully compatible with OnLive services. OnLive has its own controller available, but there are some very key differences between the two, and it's unclear just how compatible these two would be together.

Still, if you weren't excited about Ouya before, there's plenty of reason to get excited now. It may just be time for another few independent companies to turn gaming on its head. After all, it worked out pretty great when Steam did it.

Source: Kickstarter via Joystiq

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  • Sqube

    If that controller is bog-standard Bluetooth -- and I haven't seen any reason to think it isn't -- this controller will be fantastic, even for the people who don't buy the console itself.

    I'm thinking of using it for my Transformer Prime, for starters. I'm thinking... I'm thinking it might be time to go make sure that I get one of these. This thing is amazing.

    • Paul_Werner

      I'm glad you brought this up because I was using the Wii controller some for Shadowgun on my Nexus 7 but gave up because I really didn't want to map the buttons. I know I may still need to for this but I think it'd be easier to choose what I want mapped given that this is more of a standard controller than the Wiimote is.

      • Josh Legoza

        Why not just get a PS3 controller and the Sixaxis Controller app (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dancingpixelstudios.sixaxiscontroller&feature=nav_other#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDYsImNvbS5kYW5jaW5ncGl4ZWxzdHVkaW9zLnNpeGF4aXNjb250cm9sbGVyIl0.) I've found that app to be well worth it. Simple to connect, works well. I use both that and a wiimote on my android devices. Some things are far better with a PS3 controller like you mention, but for things like 2D sidescrollers (NES ROMS!) the wiimote beats all.

        • Paul_Werner

          Because I kickstarted the OUYA and already have it's bluetooth controller. I hate PS3 controllers, too small for me. Just my opinion though.

          • Josh Legoza

            Yeah, I'm not in love with the PS3 controller either for the same reasons, but already had the controller before my first android device. Is the OUYA controller more comparable in size to the 360 then? I know layout is closer to that.

          • Paul_Werner

            Yeah, it's a lot like the 360 controller. I do love that about the controller

  • George Williams

    This is going to be awesome.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=600092244 Wil Alarcon

    I'm kicking myself for not jumping and supporting this endeavor when I had the chance.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

      You still have the chance. The Kickstarter ends in 12 days. While the $95 tier is sold out, the $99 tier, which still gets you a console and controller, has a little over 35k units available. Never give up hope!

      You know, unless there's no hope left.

      • http://twitter.com/easeves Mr E

        Is $99 supposed to be the retail price point when this finally comes out as well? It sounded like that was the case, so aside from supporting it (which admittedly can be a big deal), I wasn't sure what the benefit of buying in now was.

        • Sqube

          I think the benefit is in actually making sure that you can get one, as opposed to hoping that there's enough in the pipeline when it hits the retail market (see: Raspberry Pi).

  • wavedash

    Is there still no video of a working prototype?

  • Firehawkws7

    Still no real images of prototype hardware, no info on where they are in development, and all the updates except for this one have been introducing bullshit people or a narcissistic birthday update for the project lead. These are the reasons I pulled my backing today after I got the latest "update",