The Ouya hasn't lived up to expectations, but the console is getting really affordable if you're looking for something quick and easy for living room gaming. Today's Amazon gold box deal includes the Ouya for $69.99 ($30 off retail) plus $25 in game credit. It's kind of like getting an Ouya for $45, all things considered.

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The Ouya is rocking a Tegra 3 processor, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of storage. There is no Google Play access, but the Ouya store is getting better. If that's not your speed, there is a CyanogenMod 11 port in the works. It's early, but you get access to Google services (like the Play Store) and can tweak the system however you like. Just make sure you have a mouse and keyboard handy to set up the controller.

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Shipping is free with the Amazon deal, and the CM ROM is waiting for you on XDA if you want to go that route.

[Amazon – Thanks for the images, Jonathan]

Ryan Whitwam
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  • ProductFRED

    Holy crap that's desperate. But you can't go wrong for $70 I guess (or $45 depending on how you look at it).

  • disqus_7XunpanFgK

    A dog turd is still a turd.

  • Justin Myers

    If it played SNES Roms or similar then I'll.bite

    • dude

      There are lots of great android emulatoes. Best free snes emulator you can get from explusalpha, search his name on PlayStore.

    • Byron Davis

      It does play them. The apps for snes, gen, nes, Atari, etc.... are free on the device. Put roms on usb flash drive and you are good.

    • primalxconvoy

      The ouya can play both official and sideloaded emulators, from nes right up to the n64 (with bugs) and even NDS.

      Ouya is awful for games, but if you use a third party controller (like a 360 or PS3) and use it to play emulators and SPMC (specially made unofficial build of XBMC for Ouya), then you are set!

      If you install the "BAXY" launcher, you don't even need to deal with the rubbish official Ouya shop!

  • dude

    You don't exactly need a mouse and keyboard, DroidMote let you control other Android devices, although it may be tiring to use if you want to setup many small details.

  • dude

    It's a good price, but there isn't a Plex server app for Android, probably because they think it required too much processing power to transcode the video. Otherwise it would be much cheaper than spending $200+ on a NAS. I guess if you still want to use it as DLNA server with BuubleUPNP or XBMC then it will do. But I already bought the nVidia Shield which always went on sale, so I'll skip this one, and it already come with AOSP like interface with PlayStore.

    • dude

      *already went on sale I mean.

    • http://www.maverickcreative.ca/ Joshua Richards

      $70 plex receiver isn't bad at all though. Not sure how the Ouya UI is for TVs. So far my best plex receiver is a Zotac AQ01 Mini PC with Windows 8 + Plex + Steam.

  • ChainsawCharlie

    That is almost attractive now. Just for emulation and XBMC, then again I could just get another Pi for that money.

  • Andrew Vrba

    Money better spent on a Game.com

  • Crispy

    I love CM 11 on my ouya , It has changed the whole experience . Just get a logitech wireless keyboard with it and you are good to go . I can stream both HD and 3D videos. Processor is quite fast and xbmc runs smooth ! Its a steal for 70 bucks ! The Ouya controller is descent enough and has touch pad. Ouya is a lil beast !