04
Mar
OUYA

There were rumblings earlier this week about something called 'Ouya Everywhere.' You can take a guess at what that entails just based on the name, and you'd probably be pretty close. Ouya boss Julie Uhrman has now confirmed Ouya Everywhere is about expanding the platform beyond that one little cube.

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Details are extremely limited right now. The confirmation on Ouya Everywhere only came at the end of a blog post about recent efforts to beef up the Ouya's games and software. What we do know is that Ouya has some partners lined up for the Ouya Everywhere initiative, so you might be seeing the Ouya store in more devices. We don't know what kind of devices, though. Other micro-consoles? Phones? Hardware specifics will probably figure in.

Uhrman clarified that Ouya plans to continue making its own hardware going forward, but there's nothing concrete on that front. The Ouya came out last June, and the company did say there would be yearly hardware revisions. If Ouya is doing as well as hoped, it shouldn't be too long until we get more information about both sides of its gaming ventures.

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Ryan Whitwam
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  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

    Translation: Ouya Confirms It Will Be Irrelevant Very Soon, Try To Make A Scant Living Off App Commissions And Crappy Controllers

    • jm9843

      They've been very open about this eventuality since the beginning. Hate all you want, but the OUYA storefront is the only decent one for traditional console gaming built on Android. They've made huge strides in the last 11 months.

      Or, go on bashing the tiny start-up with an open-console ethos that is competing valiantly in a space ruled by multi-billion dollar corporate behemoths.

    • Sean Lumly

      It is a shame that a frequent Android Police writer is so clearly biased.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

        I'm pretty sure you wouldn't be saying that if I was cheerleading for Ouya. Different people, different opinions. If you want a website without opinions, PRNewswire is right over there.

        • Sean Lumly

          Funny, I didn't say opinion, I specifically used the word bias.

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

            Funny, all I read was "I disagree with you." If you agreed with my stance, it wouldn't be bias, it would be "right." Calling it bias is a fun way to say "your opinion is not only wrong, but it's stupid and I feel the need to degrade you for it."

            If you find the expression of opinion or alternative sentiment on the internet to be something out of the norm, I'm terribly sorry. I invite you to form your opinions, biases, whatever you may call them, and politely allow me to state my own. You are free to disagree with them, but to say I am somehow wronging you or anyone else by uttering them in the first place is absurd - grow up.

          • Sean Lumly

            No, it's not about disagreement nor I have never stated nor implied that you were somehow 'wronging' me. It is about noticing that statements like "Ouya Confirms It Will Be Irrelevant Very Soon, Try To Make A Scant Living Off App Commissions And Crappy Controllers" show a clear intention to be insulting.

            Consider this from the perspective of a reader: How can someone read what is written on this site without second-guessing if the content is being fairly appraised.

            And telling me to "grow-up" for a valid criticism isn't very constructive.

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock
          • Sean Lumly

            Got it. I probably would not have posted if I had known that the responses from an AP staff would have degraded into petty insults. This behaviour is uncalled for and is not appreciated.

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

            It's almost like attacking someone's journalistic credibility might provoke a response of some sort!

          • Milty C

            Im with you Sean, It always amazes me how people like to knock others just for trying new concepts. For some people the glass is always half empty.

          • http://www.modminecraft.com/ Nick Coad

            "Uncalled for"? You're an idiot, you insulted him first by attacking his integrity. David is only writing in the comments, he's allowed to express whatever opinion he likes. In fact, even if he were writing an article he can express whatever opinion he likes - most of AndroidPolice's content is fairly editorial in nature, it's not supposed to be just barebones facts, that's what Google and Wikipedia are for.

          • primalxconvoy

            If you are the writer of this article then you haven't done yourself, nor this site any favours.

          • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

            To be fair, you defined David as biased. That is your opinion. That opinion appears to be based on the fact that David is including his own opinion about a device in a comment, separate from any actual coverage.

            I often reserve personal, unlabeled editorial opinion for the comments as well. I think it's a completely acceptable thing to do. And in this instance I'll make explicit that that too is my opinion.

            I can see what you're saying from a reader's perspective but maybe that's the disconnect - as a reader I don't expect authors to maintain a completely even-handed mindset toward every topic in the comments section. I'd hope for it in non-editorial coverage, but in the comments I think there's a certain amount of liberty all participants can take in expressing their personal feelings on a topic.

      • humanios

        To be fair, OUYA is pretty terrible. It's much more enjoyable to buy a third party controller (If needed) and mirror the image on my Monitor/TV than to use OUYA. That being said I definitely give them credit for trying and striving forward and I'm always happy to see more choices for the consumer. Hopefully things move in a more positive direction for them.

        • primalxconvoy

          Except mirroring creates awful lag, which the ouya doesn't suffer.

          • Ror

            >Ouya
            >no lag

            ....what?
            Also, good luck using that amazing virtual mouse.

          • primalxconvoy

            Play any android game on a tv via a moga and phone or tablet hooked up to the tv.

            Now (for the sake of argument), play the ouya equivalent on the tv.

            The difference is quite noticeable in terms of lag.

            Although the official controller hardly synced, when it did, I had no problems with the mouse pad.

            These days, my WiFi keyboard and built in mouse pad work just fine.

            Anyway, although I, as an ouya owner will admit to it's faults, the ones you've mentioned simply aren't valid.

          • Cheeseball

            The lag on the Ouya is comparable to any other Android device with a Moga or PS3 controller, but this really does depend on which Android device you're using and whether you're casting it wirelessly or not.

            For example, through a direct HDMI connection, I get no lag on a Tegra Note 7, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 2013 and Huawei Ascend P1 (which uses the same dual-core SoC as the Galaxy Nexus). The controllers I've used are a Moga Pocket and PS3 SIXAXIS.

            However when I mirror it through casting, there is a noticeable less-than-one-second lag.

          • Andrew Vrba

            I play with a Moga on my Tronsmart MK908II, no lag.

    • primalxconvoy

      Regardless of whether the ouya is doing well or not, I think having some sort of Ouya (or gaming related platform) for android a great thing. Using Android as a common platform for competing gaming markets or portals (tegra zone, Moga pivot, PlayStation mobile, Ouya and possibly Nintendo in the future) shows that it's software more than hardware that will drive future and convergence gaming.

      The fact that Android proper hasn't done much to improve hardware gaming control support (no native support for joypads in launchers and web browsers, for example) is reason enough for more third party solutions to appear.

  • b00sted

    I have two OUYA's both solely used for XBMC they work good for that (once you sideload a decent ver). but I wish they stuck to keeping the "hacker friendly" and actually gave the dev community a recovery they work with and got some fun on the cheap lil POS.

  • didibus

    This is good for Ouya. I'm sure they can find places where a more dedicated Android forked for proper Big Screen control and use would be beneficial. I mean, Google TV already kind of tried and failed, maybe they can somehow make it work. It would be a good move if in some way they managed to struck a deal to be included in smart TVs.

    • primalxconvoy

      If this works out, they can bring ouya to the mojo and other upcoming android consoles, too.

      Nice.

  • FandroidX

    OMG David Ruddock is deffinitally gonna kill AP @ this rate, he is TOTALLY unprofessional IDK why Artem hired him. It is not enough for him to completely bomb and attack every product he reviews but then he has to come into OUR comments and challenge US to OUR ! Dude you are the freaking writer here, be professional GROW UP!

    • Ror

      If you want AP to circlejerk about every product they review, you're on the wrong site.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

        What if we review a circlejerking machine?

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

          It better run stock Android 4.4.2 or GTFO!

        • Ror

          You've raised my hopes for the future of this platform.

        • Andrew Vrba

          I like the way you think! You get a raise.

  • Anthrox

    they need better hardware

  • taz89

    Biggest mistake ouya made was not supporting the Google play store plus by the time it came out the hardware was pretty meh.

    • Mozaik

      How can it support Google playstore !! does Google playstore works without touchscreen or games(not every game work with controller) and apps works without touchscreen. Use common sense man.

      • taz89

        Well obviously they would have ouya compatible games. Very much like tegra optimised games but still available in the play store. Also there are plenty of ways to map buttons on a controller even if a app was designed for touch.. Moga Controller allows this. Even all the ouya competitors allows play store so it'd not ouya couldn't do it but rather they didn't want to.

        • Mozaik

          Would it be user friendly for people mapping controller to use it , for example look at playstore app how will it run and function , will those mobile app look good on tv , you only see now!!.

          • taz89

            Which is why I said they could have had a tegra zone type option.

          • Mozaik

            ok they make tegrazone , What about UI will playstore ui look good on tv ??? , will it be user freindly , will it allow controller.

          • taz89

            No idea but I assume it should look fine as Android is designed to scale to different screen sizes. Also ouya could have designed there own store but only takes you to the install page of the game in the play store to purchase. Controller support isn't difficult, moga do it very easy. My point is that play store integration was possible, ouya just wanted to have its own ecosystem (don't blame them) but ultimately never happened. People don't want to buy a game on play store and then buy it again on ouya. Imagine if you had to buy the same game on all your devices. People like the idea of buy once and play it anywhere for the most part.

          • Mozaik

            And there is also difficulty with playstore because Google does not allow only playstore to be installed you would have to install whole packaged of Google like gmail , chrome and than you have to pay for license . Your points may be right but user experience is diminished by this.

      • Andrew Vrba

        Keymappers are magic!
        They let you play any non-controller game with a controller.

  • Cheeseball

    Please don't create yet ANOTHER app store with exclusive content, especially if that content is perfectly capable of running on other Android devices independently.

    Humble Bundle is an exception to that rule since their app is just a portal to install unrestricted APKs.

    • primalxconvoy

      Have you played Meltdown? It's a pretty good game on Ouya. The android version is designed to be harder to encourage the purchases of iap's. The dev admitted that they couldn't have released a premium version onto vanilla android for fear of piracy. Whether u agree or not, if companies release different gaming shops onto android and it encourages an increase in (reasonably priced) premium games with hardware controller support, then I am most definitely in. I don't care how many different app shops I have to use in order to get this.

      More choice is always good, IMO.

      • Cheeseball

        Although I agree that having more choices is a good thing, this encourages more fragmentation (in terms of app purchases) which makes getting games and apps a bit more complicated. I do NOT want to have to use multiple stores (especially with different pricing schemes) just to access the apps I want.

        I have Meltdown on the Ouya and I blasted Phenomenon for screwing over standard Android users with working on their IAP pricing scheme, especially with their reason of "fighting piracy" when it's just as easy to pirate Ouya packages.

  • http://www.modminecraft.com/ Nick Coad

    Whole lot of delusional idiots in these comments haha

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