There are definitely some problems with the Ouya even after all these months, but that's mostly because of the hardware. In the absence of a true hardware revision the company is making a few minor alterations. A new version of the Ouya is now available for sale with more storage, an updated controller, and a totally brutal all black color.


The 8GB internal storage partition on the original Ouya was a tight fit if you wanted to play more than a few games. As more titles have started showing up in the Ouya store, it makes sense to get a 16GB version of the console out there permanently – there was a limited edition last year with 16GB too. The other big change is an updated controller that is said to have better thumbsticks and buttons. The original one was pretty stiff and the buttons tended to stick. Aesthetically, this console and controller are both matte black, which is a nice look.

The Newya retails at $129.99, but the original is sticking around at $99.99. It would have been nice to see this device come in at the $99.99 price point. The Ouya is already a cheap piece of hardware, but it was old when it was still new.

[Ouya via Ouya Twitter]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • Disgruntled Ouya Owner

    All I can say is:

    Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

    • Ken Hunter

      fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can't get fooled again.

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      • Umut Tan

        Didn't get it.

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  • Glenn Dobson

    I'm looking forward to being able to buy the controller separately.

    • cy_n_ic

      Sixaxis controller app?

  • Paul

    I love my Ouya for XBMC and Plex reasons :-) And I play the occasional game, not a big gamer so for the handful of times I want to play a game on a console, the Ouya suffices.

    • Paul_Werner

      Same here

  • Fifth313ment

    I paid $169 for my Playstation Vita and three games so I can't see paying $130 for two year old phone hardware? What a joke. I don't understand who would pay that even at $100?!


    • Primalxconvoy

      Because android devices can do so much more than the absolute failure of a handheld that you possess? The ouya may have it's problems, but at least expandable memory doesn't cost a second mortgage, has more media functions and can sideload stuff that works.

      Even in Japan, the PS Vita is a dismal failure of a thing.

      What are you going to use in your counter defence; a wii u?


      • Fifth313ment

        I'm going to use any phone made in the last year and a playstation controller? Do I win, lol? Going by the thumbs up on my last post I think I do...

        • Primalxconvoy

          Again, incorrect. Although I would love to see tablets and phones connect early to docks for the general public, the fact is that right now, it's not an elegant solution. I use my note 2 (and I've used an s4 too the same way), either connected to my TV/monitor via the official Samsung smart dock and a wired ps3 controller, or via an hdmi cable and moga controller.

          In both instances, there was noticeable lag when compared to playing on an ouya.

          Sorry, but you, and the likes agreeing with you, really have no idea.

      • Kog

        You've not looked at the Vita in a few years, have you. The latest Vita sales, and games it has coming out, are indeed above the WiiU, and it's gaining a lot of steam over in Japan. Here, maybe not as much, but it is.

  • CNN

    "Will anyone care? Highly doubtful. Back to you Ryan."

  • ChainsawCharlie

    Had it been that color and that memory, but half off then maybe.

  • Joshua Smith

    The price on this needs to go down, not up.

  • http://mrmcpowned.com mrmcpowned

    Would you say OUYA is..

    *puts sunglasses on*

    Back in black?

  • Cat Astrophy

    Still the same garbage tegra 3?

    • MadFerret9

      what difference does that make? have you played any of the games? there are plenty of good ones, all free to try

  • NickAVV

    Gonna wait for a true 2nd gen OUYA, I love the concept I just want them to give it another shot with more modern hardware

    • Himmat Singh

      I reckon it should be a real beast with a Tegra 5 inside.

    • Primalxconvoy

      Even if it can cure cancer and clone supermodels to do my sexual bidding, unless Ouya gets LOTS of big name android games and apps on it, I'll be getting the official Google or Amazon consoles instead.

  • disqus_7XunpanFgK

    I still can't believe people paid money to back this. At the time this was backed, a Galaxy S3, mhl adapter and a PS3 controller could do more. Today's Android phones with Miracast absolutely destroy Ouya.

    • Primalxconvoy

      Incorrect. Most MHL connectors are fine with video and some apps, but most games suffer from lag, whereas the Ouya doesn't. Try playing Asphalt 8 on any android device hooked up to a TV and tell me the frame rate is exactly the same as playing it on the device's screen.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    The controller is still werid, couldn't they just mimic Dualshock?

  • firesoul453

    I'd buy one for cheap, for example they could sell it without the controller.

  • pepsiman2006

    I love how the haters are the determined to be the predominate speaker right away. A few of them have given up on their Ouyas a long time ago and are out of touch with the current state of the system since the revisions. Some never even owned the system and are just trolling because of their loyalty to the "premium" consoles. Others just want to be way to catered and want a luxury car for the price of a used beetle.

    My Ouya has been fine. With a little tweaking/hacking (as it was advertised for) it makes are nice little media device with the occasional casual gaming experience without making a major dent in the wallet. So now there are a few SE Models, and you have choices. A budget machine for a budget/middle market.