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The once and future king of mini-consoles has made a bit of a splash in the news the last few weeks, but for those of you who actually own and use an OUYA, there's good news in the form of a software update. The company posted a full changelog to the official blog yesterday, and the third major update should be making its way to your console now if you don't have it already. The developers focused on better game organization in the Discover window, among other things.


An older version of the interface, from Ryan Whitwam's OUYA Review.

After you install a game, it will now automatically go to the back of the list in Discover, making sure that you only see games that are new to you when browsing for new titles. You can also manually send a game that you don't care about to the bottom of the list by pressing in the right thumbstick. (That's pretty darn cool - hey Valve, Steam could use something like this!) OUYA will now flash a notification when a game has finished downloading and another when it's done installing, not unlike a standard Android device. A handful of other changes include the usual bug fixes plus an "Easter egg" teased in the changelog.

OUYA owners in the UK and Europe will be glad to hear that the company has added support for purchases in pounds sterling (GPB) and Euros, though the actual functionality won't be live until next week. Unfortunately it looks like those who have already set up their devices and OUYA accounts won't have any way to transition to their local currency. The changelog says that the feature will only be enabled for new users. And lastly, the developers note that they are working on adding support for external storage using the OUYA's onboard USB port. There is currently no ETA for this feature.

Full Release notes (9/19/2013):
  • Installed games are now moved to the back of their row in DISCOVER, so now it’s easier to find games you don’t already have.
  • You also have the option to Bury (manually push a game to the back of a row) by pressing the right thumbstick (R3). DISCOVER is your playground…go nuts!
  • The OUYA now informs you when a game has finished downloading and when it has finished installing. Because knowing is half the battle.
  • Our intern has hidden an “Easter Eggs” menu somewhere on the OUYA… can you find it?
  • Fixed an issue where sometimes a system update would cancel and not inform the user, so only a blank downloading bar would appear.
  • Fixed an issue where high bandwidth could actually cause performance issues and crashes while navigating menus.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause the OUYA to overheat in some cases.
  • Fixed a handful of crashes that could occur after browsing DISCOVER for a long period of time.
  • Added currency support for Pounds and Euros. This will be enabled NEXT WEEK. Existing accounts will continue to transact in US Dollars, while new accounts will transact in the currency appropriate for their region.

A note on external storage:

  • We understand everyone wants this feature (we do too!), so I just want to let y’all know that we are currently working on it. It’s not a simple feature to do right, so know that we hear your feedback and are working on it as our top priority. It’s coming =)

Source: OUYA Blog

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Hal Motley

    So as a Brit, I will I be able to toggle currency as an existing account? No offence, I like US Dollars but British Pounds are what my bank uses. XD

    • Jose Torres

      none taken

  • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

    Now if only Ouya could actually get the general marketplace to care about their product.

    • wolfkabal

      And fix the lag in the controller - though this might be just certain games, but it seems anything that requires precise input lags quite a bit.

      • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

        Even though nobody really wanted to admit it publicly, I think most level-headed people would agree that Ouya was dead-on-arrival.

        • Critical Failure

          ouya is awesome. you suck.

          • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

            I don't deny that Ouya's awesome. When I said "dead-on-arrival", I meant commercially. Normally a company's products need to have commercial success in order for said company to stay in business.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004047436033 James Wames

        The controller usually lags for me when I put my leg in between the joypad and controller's bluetooth. Its a pain, but I guess its something that can't be helped at the moment. That being said, the others problems with this console e.g. USB support, are pretty inexcusable.

        • Primalxconvoy

          I stopped caring about that issue as soon as I switched to using a wired ps3 controller and have never looked back.

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  • Cherokee4Life

    I just got the update last night and I love it. OUYA may be small but they are making progress none the less.

  • MyLeftNut

    Why does it say 10 comments but I only see 2? Anyone else having that problem?

  • Brian Cuellar

    I just sent them a suggestion to get USB expansion working. It is already a working feature over on XDA-Developers (look up "OUYA Link2SD") but it would do well to integrate with the existing system.

  • http://www.LOVEanon.org/ Michael Oghia (Ogie)

    I don't have one, but I really appreciate their branding strategy to take a small business approach to dealing with people. I know they ARE a small business of sorts, but it just seems personable. For instance, their communication seems so down-to-earth. They aren't just another corporate behemoth selling a product because they care more about their profit margins. Nothing against Microsoft, Nintendo, or Sony though. I like that by supporting them, you really feel like you are supporting the little guy (or in Ouya's case, little girl).