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Listen, guys. Those of you who bought an OUYA need to take some time away from the controller and let the thing update. October's OTA just hit the airwaves, and it brings a couple of new features that are definitely worth having.

Firstly, this is the update that many of you have been waiting for – it includes expandable storage. Yay! Don't get too excited yet, though – it's still in beta, and thus, only available for beta testers. Boo. If you'd like to sign up to be a beta tester, however, you can do so here.

Otherwise, a feature that everyone can enjoy will show itself this go: video support. Game detail pages can finally show off more than just screenshots. That's fantastic.

Of course, you can also expect some bug fixers this go. Because an update without bug fixes is not an update at all. If you're interested in the full changelog, here you go:

Full Release notes (10/08/2013):

  • External Storage will enter Closed Beta next week! Interested in participating? Apply here

  • Added the ability to display video (for game trailers and footage) in the game details page. Developers can now upload videos to Vimeo and submit a link to show that video on their game’s page. If a video exists, it will display in the first screenshot slot.

  • Added the ability to download a game without entering its game details page.  Just press the U button while highlighting a game’s tile to download.

  • Fixed HDMI wakeup issue. If your TV was mysteriously waking up your OUYA, it should no longer do that after this update.

  • Added “forgot password” option to the existing user sign-in screen. Now you’ll actually know where to go, if you can’t remember your password.

  • We’ve changed “Download” to “Free Download” to make it clear that everything is free to try.  Not everyone knew that they wouldn’t be charged for a download, so now it’s crystal clear. It’s free to try ALL THE THINGS.

  • Enlarging a screenshot (or video) now goes full screen (instead of just bigger).

  • We now highlight the search substring when doing a search so it’s much more clear why you are getting each result. We’ve also moved game titles that start with your search to the top of the list. It’s way better.

  • Improved performance (speed and smoothness) in PLAY with lots of installed games.

  • Added a pop up message upon starting the console to remind users how to connect a controller.

  • Changed sorting of buried and installed tiles in DISCOVER. It used to be Uninstalled, followed by Installed and Buried (mixed together). Now it’s Uninstalled, followed by Installed, followed by Buried.

  • Devs: When uploading apks, it’s now more clear that you can use your previously published apk if you just want to edit text or screenshots…. or VIDEO =)

  • Devs: you can now hide or change the mouse cursor in your games and apps.  For more info see the ODK Controllers document.

  • Added Terms of Service to the console. Yup, it’s annoying to click through, but it makes the legal types happier. Think of the lawyers.

  • In case you missed it, multiple currency support is now turned on! If you want to switch your wallet currency, there’s more info here:https://ouya.zendesk.com/entries/26777317-How-can-I-change-the-currency-of-my-OUYA-wallet-

  • A bunch of other small bug fixes and optimizations.

Look at all those notes. So many notes.

This OTA also features a funny name. Head to the OUYA blog to find out more.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Adam92Wilkins

    I'm just gonna be straight forward.

    OUYA took to long and it was well.... underwhelming. So now while they try to recoup the attention others are gaining spotlight. Like steambox.

    Really wish this went better.

    • DrewNusser

      Well, I like mine.

      • Adam92Wilkins

        Just curious, what do you play on it?

        • ProductFRED

          Pshh...

          ...stuff.

        • DrewNusser

          Shadowgun, Towerfall, Reaper, all the Sonics. Nothing really special, but it's been a really fun little toy for $99.

        • jm9843

          TowerFall, an OUYA exclusive, is one of the best games of the year. On any platform.

        • Sniper435

          Mario kart :D

        • Paul

          XBMC

        • Bencr

          I play Bomsquad with friends all the time. OUYA is amazing for party games. Best investment for quick entertainment with friends, while requiring zero gaming skill level. Local gaming is something I never thought I would see again. There is nothing like seeing your friends face as he gets destroyed in a local multiplayer game. Instant insult to the loser with face-to-face smack talk. It doesn't get any better.

    • Robert Gapen

      Its a great little streaming player and can easily put chromecast or GTV way behind. Get playon on your Ouya and get Redbox/Netflix/Hulu and tons more I am watching CSI right now on mine from the CBS website on my Ouya

      http://streamingtvguide.blogspot.com/2013/10/ouya-for-streaming.html

  • Peter Oliver

    Looking forward to seeing what v2 of the Ouya can do. A better controller and a boost cpu/gpu would make it a very compelling experience, for me at least.

    • Jaidek

      With everything that went wrong with version 1's launch, no marketing campaigns to inform the general public, a lackluster library, low software attachment rate and the fact that every Gen-4 console is indie friendly I find it very unlikely there will be a version 2. To be honest I can't imagine OUYA existing much longer. The must be bleeding money at this point.

      I do however enjoy Towerfall and Plex on mine. So at least I have that.

    • Malachai Hough

      Yeah i agree with this completely, most of the issues are surrounding poor hardware design, i think the sooner they release a revised model the better, i don't even think the ouya needs a boost in performance just a better cooling system which again could be easily solved with a hardware design revision. I think ouya needs to take a gamble though and do this sooner rather than later, yes it might piss off the early buyers and backers but if ouya is going to go forward it needs to attract the market who are still on the sidelines of thinking to buy the console and it needs to make a good impression because once you lose them they won't look back. Ouya could just release an update model in a different form similar to how sony release a lite model or bigger hard drive model, i'm sure outa could do the same.

  • Primalxconvoy

    I hope usb external memory is supported properly for video and media. I still can't connect my harddrive while my usb stick is also connected, even with a hub.

    • Paul

      What? I put a 2gb MKV file on a thumb drive and plugged it into my Ouya. I fired up XBMC on the ouya, pointed it to the thumb drive and played the MKV file just fine. Worked great. This was a month ago.

      • Primalxconvoy

        I meant that the OUYA still doesn't support multiple usb drives.

    • Paul

      Oh you're talking about multiple storage devices? Interesting. How would 'regular Android' aka your phone handle that? Plug a usb hub into your phone and then have 1 or more thumb drives and a usb hard drive, etc. ?

      • Primalxconvoy

        Yes. My current phone can do just that.

        • Brian Cuellar

          HA! Check and mate. But seriously that would be great. Also, if they update to Android 4.3 we can stream Netflix, etc. at 1080p. That would rock.

    • Lodmot

      Have you tried installing ES File Explorer? It's not on the OUYA Store, but you can find the android APK online pretty quickly. I couldn't survive without ES.

  • Rich Nahra

    OUYA was a big letdown for me. Lack of titles and goofy UI ruins the experience. It would be cool if i could install straight Android on to it but I haven't been able to find a way.

    So, if you know how to install AOSP on to an OUYA, please let me know!

    • tintin.92

      No offense, but what is it with you guys obsession to Install AOSP/Stock Android on EVERYTHING?! How would you even navigate the damn thing with the Ouya controller?!

      • Rich Nahra

        No offense taken. I wasn't planning on using it for a gaming console anymore. I was going to use it as a thin client with a bluetooth keyboard and mouse, and standard HDMI Monitor so that i could vpn into work and use citrix apps and RDP.

      • dude

        There are plenty bluetooth/wifi keyboards you can buy that has touch pad, or bluetooth/wifi mice.

        • Rich Nahra

          Yep, I dont want the OUYA ROM any longer. It kinda sucks. Give me AOSP and i'll be happy.

          • Scott

            Couldn't you just sideload your favorite RDP client and have it autoload when you turn on the Ouya? Then you wouldn't ever see the main menu.

          • Rich Nahra

            Thanks man. Thats a pretty neat idea. I would need about 4 or 5 other apps tho. (vpn and other enterprise connecting clients).

    • Paul

      Why. AOSP would suck without a touchscreen. You kind of need an interface designed for the controller. Plus Ouya is 'mostly' stock, it's just got a custom home launcher that's better suited for your screen and controller. You can still get to the advanced settings in the backend and you can side load things, it's stock rooted, I mean seriously, it's highly customizable.

      • Rich Nahra

        Where is your imagination paul? See my response to tintin.92. :)

    • dude

      Honestly, lacks of custom roms for this device is why I haven't bought it yet. Yes I know its not the perfect reason, but the Ouya lady did promise it will be a very open device before launch. There is a barely an unofficial CyanogenMod for it. It just doesn't give me a reason to replace my Android TV stick that has PlayStore compatibility out of the box.

      • Rich Nahra

        She did promise all kinds of openness, didn't she?

  • Jef Cashless

    Good gawd, this thing is awful!

  • Paul

    That thing updates every other week. It's frustrating, I used it a week or so ago and today I turn it on and want to go straight to XBMC to watch some T.V and it immediately begins downloading an update. No prompt, no asking, no ability to reschedule or abort, etc. I'm stuck for 10m downloading the update and rebooting, etc. etc. I love my Ouya for the occasional game I play but mainly for XBMC and Plex support :-) It's a media player for me.

  • didibus

    Problem with the OUYA, trying to be a console instead of an Android console. I want full fledge Android, with Play Store and Amazon Store and Nvidia apps, and supporty for 3rd party controllers, etc. MOJO is doing it right, except for price, where Ouya had it right.

    • Malachai Hough

      I think you are a moron, the console does not instantly map controls itself to play any game it's up to the devs to implement physical controls into their games, I don't know why you think mojo will be able to map controls for all games on the play store. Also are you listening to yourself, do you even know why you need tegra 4 or are you just all hype over any new tech? If you actually look there are not many games on the play store which really push the limits of tegra 3 never mind 4 , also think about this,once the games start pushing the tegra 4 limits i would probably think indie dev budgets will also start to be stretched and will seperate the indie devs from the aaa devs so i wouldn't expect to be getting an aaa quality game for only a few dollars in the future,the price point is the most attractive thing about the play store in the first place, if yo wamt a console with igh content games why not just buy a normal console?I don't think the ouya is under threat at all as long as it provides an attractive price point,keep it's indie store and brings out a revised hardware model to fix the main issues sooner rather than later because most ofthe issues are with the hardware itself ruining the experience rather than games.

      • didibus

        Did you even read my comment? I don't mention tegra even once!

        P.S.: MOJO comes with an App that let's you map controls for all games on the play store.

        • Malachai Hough

          Yeah and do you really think "all games" will really work and if so will they work good? I'm sure if that was the case any other android controller or console would have already made this readily available, the question is whether mojo can live up to this promise because the minute a game doesn't work properly with the pad or is better with touch controls the whole concept is ruined and buyers will come down on it.
          Yeah you didn't mention tegra but i can tell your general emphasis is on power and bigger titles since you want access to everything, i don't see why you would be dissapointed with the ouya store if all you want to do is play indie titles rather than the bigger aaa releases only available via play and nvidia,but then the arguement is you may as well just play the same games on your phone/tablet rather than pay for the mojo. Contrary to belief i've seen the ouya store and it already has quite a lot of indie exclusives i've not seen in any of the stores and the games which are available in both ouya and play store work best with a controller like alien vs predator which is why it's been selected for ouya.

          • didibus

            I already own a lot of Android games, I also have some on the Amazon play store. I also have a lot of apps that I would like to use with it. Many games in both the play store and the amazon appstore do have controller support. I do like to have powerful hardware, but not at the expense of price, which is why I mention the OUYA had the price right, the MOJO would have been better putting in a tegra 3 and selling for 99$.

            I don't have any issues with Ouya, except that it is not a real Android console. It is a console platform based on Android. To me, it is a closed ecosystem, because it does not allow side-loading, and restrict peripherals to only their own. That's not a bad thing, I own many closed platforms like a PS3, and Xbox, a set top box, a dvr, a dvd player, etc. They can be good devices, and the Ouya OS layer might be good, and it's store might house some good indie exclusives. That's all good for the Ouya. Me, personally, I want an Android console.

            I want the equivalent of connecting my phone to my TV, with added bonuses like, using the advantage of a direct power source to boost components to their limits, not tying my phone to the TV, I want to still use my phone for other things, have a slew of inputs and outputs, usb 3.0, hdmi, etc. And possibly have a custom launcher that works better with a TV than stock.

            I just don't see what Ouya really adds to Android, it takes a lot, but keep it all to itself. Why have more exclusive games, I hate exclusive games, all games should aim to be accessible. All of Ouya's exclusive games should have been for Android, Ouya can make a store for Android if it wants to get a cut of the pie. They could make the controller work with all Android phones. They could use Android controller APIs that already exists. MOJO is doing all that, it is expending android.

            Those are my points, comment on them, stop inventing things I don't say please. Your an Ouya fanboy, I get it, I'm not an Ouya hater, just saying that it is not the android console I wanted.