Remember when developers got their pre-release Ouya kits and started showing them off? In those videos, the controllers looked kinda crummy. Thankfully, the company said those were absolutely not indicative of the final design that will go out to consumers. Turns out, they really weren't! The company has detailed some changes and they sound pretty good.

For starters, the D-pad design has changed from a disconnected disc to the typical cross style that we've all gotten used to since the NES. The control sticks are more grippy as well. Also, the universally panned trigger buttons have been improved to have better mechanics and be more flush with the controller.


The company didn't just stop there. The touchpad is being made more responsive, the battery bay more snug, and the engineers even hooked the whole thing up to a fancy oscilloscope just to prove how committed they are to ensuring this thing is as fast as possible.


Hit the source link for the full skinny on all the adjustments being made. So far this console is shaping up to be really nice. All we need is a critical mass of developer attention.

Source: OUYA

Eric Ravenscraft
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  • http://www.facebook.com/duckofdeath Hans Pedersen

    A fancy oscilloscope, eh? They're, like, genuine NASA scientists...

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

      No, just genuine hardware engineers. XD

      I am still curious as to how the OUYA will do now as a whole that we have the SteamBox coming up.

      • Mark Arpon

        I'm sure the Ouya will do just fine. The Steambox will cost significantly more.

      • Fabio

        Ouya is basically in it's own class, it is competing with phones and other android set top boxes. Steamboxes are full blown computers with a focus on gaming. Consoles are quite similar. The war will be Steambox Vs. Xbox/PS3/WiiU and then Ouya vs. Android Stuff. Ouya will be playing decent games, but steambox and consoles will be miles ahead

  • Kenny O

    With every update I am happier and happier I backed this project. I can't wait to get my hands on this.

  • Scott Standish-Parkin

    I agree; so glad I got my backer edition. Can't wait to have this happy lil box in my home :)

    • Kenny O


    • Cherokee4Life

      I check the mail every day hoping they sent me an early early edition instead of my backer early edition!

  • http://profiles.google.com/haragog Hugo Correia

    Sorry but they either get a controller for PS3 fanboys, or no deal. Half the console gaming community prefer the XBox design, but half prefer the PS3 controller design (read both analog sticks down). I will wait until I can use my Dualshocks.

    • Jay P

      Remember, it's running Android and you're allowed to Root and Hack it. Porting the Six Axis app should be no problem, and should satisfy your Dual Shock craving.

  • derick

    I'm not sure if Ouya will successful.
    Android + Virtual Machine + Java is often associated by slowness and lag.

    • http://twitter.com/Jug6ernaut William

      Glad to know you have no idea what your talking about. IMO the ouya will fail, but it has nothing to do with "slowness and lag" on android. The dalvik VM isnt slow by any means, but if u still think that look up the Android NDK.

      • http://www.facebook.com/duckofdeath Hans Pedersen

        Yeah, that's a really odd argument as to why this could fail. The main reason is probalby that the XBOX's and PS3's only costs around $100 more, and has a proper game ecosystem.

        • S

          This is true, and I'm only cautiously optimistic about the Ouya, but disk based games on the Xbox and PS3 are generally quite expensive, often over half the price of the Ouya itself. Also things like Netflix require you to use things like Xbox Live Gold, something Ouya hopefully won't have to deal with. Do I think the Ouya will challenge the Xbox and PS3 as far as gaming goes? No. But that doesn't mean the Ouya can't succeed in other areas, like a dedicated emulator system or HTPC box.