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Nov
ouya dick

You may have noticed a bit of a frenzy in the world of gaming consoles in the last week or so. Not one to be left behind, OUYA is taking the opportunity to remind everyone that the Android-powered console exists, and can be had for less than the price of a car payment. To that end a limited edition version of OUYA was just posted to the online store in a fetching white case, with matching controller.

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But in hardware as in life, it's what's on the inside that counts. The limited edition console is an extra thirty dollars over the $99 retail price, which in and of itself is pretty typical. But OUYA has also boosted the storage of the white console to a full 16GB. True, that's hardly capacious when it comes to modern Android games, but every little bit helps, and a $30 price bump to double the storage is more than reasonable. The rest of the Tegra 3-based hardware (including the upcoming ability to boost storage via a standard USB port) is unchanged.

The white OUYA, which I'm christening OUYA Dick, is marked as shipping from the OUYA store. (It may not actually be shipping out right this minute - the homepage mentions it as a pre-order. Orders placed before December 8th should come in time for Christmas.) There's no official word on just how "limited" this edition is, so you might want to get an order in quickly if you want one, especially with US holidays right around the corner.

Source: OUYA Store via Engadget

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.
  • jonathan3579

    Unless they get Google Play certification they'll always have a severed Achilles heel.

    • ProductFRED

      They also released it with last year's specs. I understand that it's not just, "let's throw a Tegra 4 and a shitload of RAM into it" type thing, and that it takes time. But given all of their delays, they should have spent the time and money to update the specs.

      And yeah, as you mentioned above, I will not pay again for my games.

      • lcf

        OUYA is not vanilla Android, so some porting effort is needed - to handle the controller, and purchases, for example. But for those games that are already ported they could do something like -80% or -90% price reduction, if you already have the same game on Google Play Store.

    • andy_o

      If you sever the achilles heel, don't they become invincible?

      • ChavaM

        Ask Kobe

        • andy_o

          ??

          • ChavaM

            Kobe Bryant, the professional basketball player, injured his achilles heel during the 2012-2013 NBA season. I was making a sports joke.

          • andy_o

            what's sports?

    • drew

      The thing about google play is the games on there were not made to be played on a larger screen. They probably can be upscaled but this just wouldn't look as great compared to its native resolution.

  • RL010

    Let's see ...i was really exciting about it at first, but after reading a lot of reviews i wasn't anymore

  • Ross Keenan

    I would buy one of these for my brother if he would not have to repurchase his games, but I will not give it a second look until he can.

  • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

    I honestly don't know why anyone would buy this over an Xbox 360 S 4GB model that's only $179 on Amazon. Granted, games cost more, multilayer is locked being Xbox Live gold as are entertainment apps, but you get what you pay for.

  • Frank Lopez

    total garbage

  • Cherokee4life

    No one else is going to say it, so I will.

    I want one.

  • miri

    Still nothing in the library that interests me enough to warrant buying one and I still hate the UI, but I must admit that hardware is quite lovely in white.

  • sourabh sekhar

    I still dont understand why people backed this thing on kickstarter.

    • lcf

      To be able to play games like Maldita Castilla on TV, using controller, again :P :D. It might be hard to understand if you never enjoyed 8- and/or 16-bit platforms, but some people still like it, even with BF4-class titles around :).
      http://www.locomalito.com/maldita_castilla.php

      Simple indie/retro games have their specific charm - those games are not made by hundreds of people, but single developers, that are not afraid to experiment - so we won't have AAA graphics here, but we might get games based on fresh ideas, instead :).

      Back to supporting it on KS - some people also like collecting Android devices with different SoC (OUYA can be treated as Tegra 3 SDK), and some other might just want XBMC in nice box (v13.0 should bring lots of nice features on Android, when it's released).

    • Francois Roy

      Could be worst: I backed the GameStick!! Now THAT is a total disaster.

  • ShahinTr

    Why would you buy this? Save up and get a Nvidia Shield or Nexus 7 tablet.

    • TylerChappell

      Exactly. The Nexus 7 has become my go-to gaming "console". Full disclosure: I am a member of the Glorious PC Gaming Master Race, not a dirty console peasant.

  • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

    I think Ouya has finally realized that nobody wants to play Android games with in-app purchases on their 42" plasma in their living room. Ouya was doomed from the start. Hardcore gamers - the people who keep consoles a viable business - have repeatedly shown their willingness to drop $60 on a game that is complete without further purchases as long as it's got immersive visuals, top-notch game play, and a good story. These are the kinds of games that Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo all offer on their consoles, both via 1st- and 3rd-party franchises. Mobile platforms simply cannot provide these types of games right now.

    That's not to say that there are no good games for Android. Quite the opposite. But let's be honest...there is no FPS on Android that can hold a candle to something like Call of Duty or Halo. Show me a 3D platformer on Android that can hold a candle to Super Mario Galaxy 2 or the upcoming Super Mario 3D World.

    Ouya won't find any success until the stigma of mobile platforms only being for "casual" games goes away. The fact that anyone would have invested money in this is lunacy.

    • Primalxconvoy

      Incorrect. Firstly many ouya games haven't got iaps. They're one price. Also, sales figures and industry figures have shown that the gaming public is NOT willing to pay sixty dollars or more for most games, which is why so many studios and non triple a games have failed.

  • john80

    pssst, ps4 is out...

    • lcf

      PS4 is platform for AAA-games, OUYA for Indie and DIY titles :).

  • Primalxconvoy

    Ooooooo, ya, will the pre-order comeout actually after Christmas, with the new white controller still failing to sync with the device (regardless of recent improvements)?

    If so then there will be an extra 50 quid needed for a white ps3/360 controller, too.

  • darkNiGHTS

    8GB more for $30? What a bargain!

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